Last Fall, I had the opportunity to join a small crew for an ambitious project down at the Saltan Sea. If you aren't familiar with the weirdly beautiful disaster that is the Saltan Sea, take a look. In short though, it's a tiny town with gorgeous views and a horrendous stench. Anyway, take a look:
I had some special challenges creating some of the FX needed for this piece, specifically creating a prosthetic finger that could be realistically cut off.
I made a life cast of the actor's hand, and then made a prosthetic thumb and finger our of a combination of silicone and gelatin. I wanted the inside of the prosthetic to be layered in color and texture after it would be cut. I also added a thin bone made of air clay to the center so that the bone would be seen when cut. Add an acrylic nail and a little paint, and we're ready to cut off some digits!
Wearing the prosthetic involved the actor tucking his thumb and index finger down onto the palm. I secured his fingers with medical tape, then glued down the prosthetic fingers. I had a back up set of prosthetics ready for multiple takes, but I crossed my fingers we could get it in one.
Next I applied lividity makeup to the actor for his role as a corpse. Also, I used the life cast of the actor's hand again to create the prop severed fingers seen in the shot with the plastic bag. Commitment to continuity!
I was really happy with the way the FX turned out, and glad that I got to work with this crew!