Whiskey Lullaby or Who’s Your Daddy?

Season 2 Episode 6 – Keeping the actors and crew safe from contact with toxic materials and harmful fumes and smoke during explosions and fires is always our goal. Wynonna’s surprise pregnancy was born of necessity when Melanie Scrofano delivered her happy news to show runner Emily Andras*, so from the start of theWynonna Earp Stone Witch mummy head season the use of non-toxic materials became a top priority. In episode 6, Whiskey Lullaby, there was one specific prop that we spent hours on – the dehydrated head of the stone witch Constance Clooty. Much care was taken to source non-toxic materials for its fabrication.  We started with a plaster skull, added the face molded from paper flour and white glue then applied an acrylic paint finish and cheesecloth hair.  This pic shows the detail of the piece, hauntingly creepy.

Most of our on-set time was spent creating the sleeping ghost town atmosphere. Theatrical fog machines were used strategically to create the gray stillness both inside and outside as well as the reflective haze in the night scene that starts the episode.

Our effects can also be seen when Wynonna boots down the Clockmaker’s mansion door with one well-placed kick. We had carefully set up breakaway hinges on the door and wired it so we could control the movement. It worked well when it flew apart right on cue and we got the shot in one take.

Occasionally we like to return to a previous episode to do a bit of a show and tell on an effect that for various reasons didn’t make it to screen. The original script for Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 1 guard faceepisode 1 ended with the widows ripping a security guard’s faceWynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 1 ripped off face inside off and throwing it against a wall. We cast the actor’s face, made a skin from the mold and dressed it with our special BAI slime and blood.  Shooting the scene presented new challenges to exactly replicate the Director’s vision.  Here’s a behind the scenes video of our set technician Keifer having fun testing the face splat and stick; a really good dose of gore we think. You’ll want to watch this video to the very end. It would’ve been interesting to see it incorporated into the episode.

Episode 6’s time-warp sleep-curse plot line fast-forwards Wynonna’s pregnancy by a month or so. There’s no hiding it now and for better or worse Doc and Dolls seem to have revealed their relative responses. Should be interesting to see how this all unfolds in the coming episodes.

*This Variety interview with Emily and Melanie explores what happened when Melanie delivered the news and it was shared with NBC exec’s and the production staff;  http://variety.com/2017/tv/features/wynonna-earp-emily-andras-melanie-scrofano-news-exclusive-1202476757/

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Hands Down & Faces Off

Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 4 “She Ain’t Right” was chock full of practical special effects from dismembered and demonically bionic hands to pyro, haze & ripped off faces.

In the first scene the severed hand was a silicone prosthetic. We havePURPLE HAND 2 extensive experience with this type of project. Casting the actor’s hand is the beginning of the process with skin colour matching and the arm hair individually punched into the silicone with a needle.

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The incredibly realistic fake hand.

Dominique Chalkey-Provost came to our shop to have her hand and arm cast and it was one of our fabricator Alyssa’s favourite hand casts. Matching the nail polish colour was super fun for Alyssa as previously all the hand prosthetics she had made were polish free males. Dominique tweeted about her visit as she was leaving that day, though at the time she couldn’t include the reason she was there!

Jaxon’s demonic/bionic knife-hand was hands down the strangest prosthetic Alyssa had ever made in 13 years of prop027 making. It was sculpted from plexi-glass and apoxie and painted to look like bone. There was also a silicone demon hand and Velcro wrist attachment to complete the effect. Plexi-glass worked perfectly and was a much safer choice for action shots than metal.

Jaxon’s knife in the back through the chest apparatus was originally going to go into Jaxon’s eye but then was changed to neck and then to chest. When an actor has to perform with an appliance on, safety 029is the ultimate concern. Even prop knifes can do damage if they are mistreated. The risk was too great for the first two locations. Choosing the chest allowed Billy MacLellan to see with both eyes, he was able to turn his neck and have use of both of his arms making it much easier to act freely.

We also did a lot of pyro in this episode – with Wynonna’s parka bursting into flames and Jaxon’s “smoking jacket”, an after effect of being flame broiled by fire breathing lizard-man Dolls. All the gun play demanded a huge number of carefully choreographed squibs – the device used to simulate bullet hits in an action shot.

But what’s a Wynonna episode without some graphic gore? – the sisters’ ripped off FACE OFF 2faces effect started with non-molded, silicone sculpted, individual masks for Beth and Mercedes. The effect of the clear mask we usedFACE OFF 1 in Episode 2 was so disturbing we decided to try it again. This time we went for a look inspired by the underlying muscles of the face while adding a bit of a supernatural effect (and lots of Bleeding Art Blood Jam) to the final product. After they filmed this shot we received many compliments from the cast and crew, we were thrilled to hear that they looked “really really gross”. Yes for us this is a great compliment.

docs labWe can’t close this blog without saying how much we enjoyed working with Ken Wills and his props team to help create Doc’s DIY laboratory bubbling and steaming away in Shorty’s basement.

Agent Dolls

 

Oh and yes we’re all very happy that Agent Dolls has returned!

 

Season 2 of Wynonna Earp airs on Space and Syfy on Friday nights 10 pm ET, 8 pm MT. It is also available on iTunes.

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Twin Vampires, A Shoot Out and Bobo Comes to the Rescue – AKA The Wynonna Pyro Blog Season 1 Episode 11

Season 1 Episode 11 Wynonna Earp aired Sat night on Space.  Go behind the scenes with us and find out how it was done – WynonnaEarp_gallery_111Recap_04

Here we meet the vampire twins, witness the big assault and shoot out at the Earp homestead, and watch as Bobo does his worst to one of the bad guys. This is Part One of our discussion of the pyrotechnics used in the show with more cool stuff to come in a later Bleeding Art Industries behind the scenes blog.

As with everything we do, we test and test and test, making sure we know ALL the parameters of how the pyro effect will work in different environments, with careful attention to safety distances and precise checking of pyrotechnic loads.  We ensure that weighting for objects is correct (if they have to fly) and that the object won’t come apart from the pressures of detonation or deflagration depending on the type of explosive device used. This was especially important on the numerous takes during which the characters were doing target practice. Check out our Youtube video for a compilation of pyrotechnic tests. Click here for the shooting gallery test. Click here for the smoke bomb test.

It’s important to note that every member of the pyro team carries the top level Fireworks Operator Certificate issued by the Explosives Regulatory Division in Canada, we are using products that are industry standard and detailed on the Canadian List of Authorized Explosives, and all the necessary pyrotechnic permits and insurance documents are in place before the work happens.

As we spoke about in our last blog, fog atmosphere played a big role in creating the dramatic look of the scenes.  We are particularly proud of the eerily beautiful image achieved in the locomotive shop where the vampire twins meet their demise; the light through the window with the hazed atmosphere is a truly stunning effect.

Fog effects are great, but pyrotechnics are always the most exciting and fun part of the job.  The big shoot out with many beats of action leading up to a culmination where Willa is saved by Bobo was choreographed very carefully and broken into steps as seen in the second pyrotechnic video.  Attached are some pictures and maps of the work.

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From spark hits to feather bombs to fruit hits and breakaway glass and casseroles, working with director Peter Stebbings was a great pleasure and more than 98 percent of the mechanical special effects shot made it to screen.

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The Bobo crush head was a lot of fun too.   The core was a thin urethane plastic under a pre-scored silicone head.  Filled with custom shaped red jello and blood, we achieved a squishy beating that a bad guy would never forget. Click here for the head crush test video 

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We’re now only two episodes away from the finale. See you next week for the behind the scenes on the special effects and prosthetics for Wynonna Earp.

Wynonna Earp airs on Space Saturday nights after Dr. Who. It is also available on iTunes.

At Bleeding Art Industries, WE CREATE COOL.   Check out some of our other work at www.bleedingartindustries.com and our products at www.shopbleedingart.com

 

 

 

 

Twin Vampires, A Shoot Out and Bobo Comes to the Rescue – AKA The Wynonna Pyro Blog Season 1 Episode 11

Season 1 Episode 11 Wynonna Earp aired Sat night on Space.  Go behind the scenes with us and find out how it was done – WynonnaEarp_gallery_111Recap_04

Here we meet the vampire twins, witness the big assault and shoot out at the Earp homestead, and watch as Bobo does his worst to one of the bad guys. This is Part One of our discussion of the pyrotechnics used in the show with more cool stuff to come in a later Bleeding Art Industries behind the scenes blog.

As with everything we do, we test and test and test, making sure we know ALL the parameters of how the pyro effect will work in different environments, with careful attention to safety distances and precise checking of pyrotechnic loads.  We ensure that weighting for objects is correct (if they have to fly) and that the object won’t come apart from the pressures of detonation or deflagration depending on the type of explosive device used. This was especially important on the numerous takes during which the characters were doing target practice. Check out our Youtube video for a compilation of pyrotechnic tests. Click here for the shooting gallery test. Click here for the smoke bomb test.

It’s important to note that every member of the pyro team carries the top level Fireworks Operator Certificate issued by the Explosives Regulatory Division in Canada, we are using products that are industry standard and detailed on the Canadian List of Authorized Explosives, and all the necessary pyrotechnic permits and insurance documents are in place before the work happens.

As we spoke about in our last blog, fog atmosphere played a big role in creating the dramatic look of the scenes.  We are particularly proud of the eerily beautiful image achieved in the locomotive shop where the vampire twins meet their demise; the light through the window with the hazed atmosphere is a truly stunning effect.

Fog effects are great, but pyrotechnics are always the most exciting and fun part of the job.  The big shoot out with many beats of action leading up to a culmination where Willa is saved by Bobo was choreographed very carefully and broken into steps as seen in the second pyrotechnic video.  Attached are some pictures and maps of the work.

IMG_6326

 

From spark hits to feather bombs to fruit hits and breakaway glass and casseroles, working with director Peter Stebbings was a great pleasure and more than 98 percent of the mechanical special effects shot made it to screen.

016

The Bobo crush head was a lot of fun too.   The core was a thin urethane plastic under a pre-scored silicone head.  Filled with custom shaped red jello and blood, we achieved a squishy beating that a bad guy would never forget. Click here for the head crush test video 

066

We’re now only two episodes away from the finale. See you next week for the behind the scenes on the special effects and prosthetics for Wynonna Earp.

Wynonna Earp airs on Space Saturday nights after Dr. Who. It is also available on iTunes.

At Bleeding Art Industries, WE CREATE COOL.   Check out some of our other work at www.bleedingartindustries.com and our products at www.shopbleedingart.com