Demons Exorcised

Decapitated Head
Ronnie head being prepped for shoot.

In Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 5 “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers” the Wardens dispatching of Ronnie was very well done by all involved. In keeping with our environmentally sensitive company policy we re-used and recycled too. Ronnie (Joel Cochrane) had his head cast at Bleeding Art many years ago for a theatre production.  Using the original mold we cast a new head and dressed it to match present day Joel.  What you didn’t see was the gout of blood that poured out of the neck through a custom designed tube and pump system.  Our on-set technician Keifer Dallison worked hard to create it and made sure it functioned effectively when the cameras rolled.  Click here to read Keifer’s first hand detailed account of the on-set realities of the decapitation scene: Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 5 SPFX Behind the Scenes on a Demon Decapitation

Wynonna Earp's Ratty
Ratty had a stunt double for his Wynonna and Waverly blender scene.

The bloody ratty blender scene was, for some of us, gorier to watch than the Ronnie decap. The rat was lovingly crafted by Alyssa,sculpted in oil based clay and then cast in silicone. He wasn’t sacrificed in the scene. Ratty lives happily in our shop, on display and occasionally taken out to play.  He’s so life-like in his furry squidginess you can’t resist poking his tummy like Wynonna did.

But the real  piece de resistance in this episode was Demon Lucado’s exploding head. Here’s a close up shot of the Lucado

Wynonna Earp's Lucado explosion
Lucado loses her head under pressure.

dummy post explosion; the clean up on that one was epic! Again we reused a head/neck mold from a previous casting and created the exploded IMG_6052head which was then attached to a dummy with lifelike hands. Alyssa was the hands model, which were made of silicone with matching nailIMG_6049 polish. She also volunteered her pinky as a model for Wynonna’s cut off finger which was not actually seen on screen.

The end of the episode cliffhanger – the positive pregnancy test – was the most surprising plot turn yet – can’t wait to see where this goes!

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*This post is an edited version of what was first posted for Episode 5

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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.

WAVE HAND 2
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.

At Bleeding Art Industries, WE CREATE COOL. Check out our work @ www.bleedingartindustries.com, our Twisted Tales universe @ www.twistedstories.com, and our products @ www.shopbleedingart.co

Bleeding Art and The Worms Unite

I’ve been following The Arrogant Worms pretty much since the group formed over twenty years ago. I was always impressed by their ability to combine clever, comedic, well-written tunes with spot-on political statements and satire. I’ve seen them a number of times over the years and although their hairstyles changed (and some would argue their waistlines), the quality of their entertaining writing and singing stayed the same. From “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” on their first self-titled album in 1992 to “Carrot Juice is Murder” and “Rippy the Gator” (which I spent many moments singing to my daughter when she was growing up) – the band has produced some classic Canadian hits. Indeed The Arrogant Worms are THE quintessential Canadian band; their playlist of songs about Canada and Canadian life is the most extensive of any group on the planet. They have been waving the Maple Leaf longer and harder than K’naan ever did.

At Bleeding Art, we’ve been looking for opportunities to produce our own creative content and to collaborate with other artists to do the same. It was in this vein that I contacted The Arrogant Worms on Facebook one day when I knew they were coming through Calgary. I invited them to our shop for a tour and to simply chat and see where things were at with them and if – for lack of a better word – there were any synergies. I didn’t go in with a master plan or any expectations. I wasn’t a stalker fan, or at least was trying very hard not to be one. I was an appreciator of their work and thought we might be able to work together. I knew that opportunities like this didn’t always pan out. I in fact had originally approached a singer of another unnamed Canadian band during a break in a concert to introduce myself and to tell him about our stop motion work and what our company does. Having heard the first set, I thought their music was theatrical, edgy, and ripe for having a fun and interesting animation go along with it. I’m pretty sure the guy thought I was a deranged groupie or something as he didn’t seem very receptive and then never got back to me. Which was probably OK since the band has since broken up, so perhaps that one wasn’t meant to be (I hope that wasn’t my fault).

The long and short of all of this is that we’re now working on a 3D stop motion animation to accompany The Worms’ River of Snot, which is on their most recent album, SPACE. We’re testing enhanced 3D using specific modelling styles and are shooting for taking it on the festival circuit starting this fall. We have a few other ideas up our sleeves, some of which we’ll keep you apprised of here or on our other social media sites. If you’re not familiar with The Arrogant Worms, the first starting point is to check them out at their website (www.arrogantworms.com). If this all works out, perhaps Rippy the Gator and Vance the Vegetarian Zombie will be the subjects of our next flights of fancy.

-Leo

The Worms at BAI Shop Mar 2014