See How They Run

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.

Sorry about my blurry camera work!

Sorry about my blurry camera work!

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!

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From this angle you can see the actor's tucked fingers, and the inside of the severed prosthetics.

From this angle you can see the actor's tucked fingers, and the inside of the severed prosthetics.

I was really happy with the way the FX turned out, and glad that I got to work with this crew!