Sunday, March 6, 2011

Revealing Secrets

Last night we closed the show in front of an oversold audience! What a fantastic way to end a successful run. We're sad to say "good-bye" to the show, the cast, the crew and the world we created.  However, we're excited to reveal one of our big secrets!

We've received a ton of questions about the mechanics behind the Mrs. North Murder Sequence. Hopefully, the following will provide some answers:

Step One:

Rigging Emily Brown (Mrs. North) with blood pump and tubing.

Step Two:

For the performance, Kaidi Williams (Costume Designer) dressed Mrs. North in a turtle neck, added a little more volume and sag to the brassiere, and designed an updo that together masked both the pump and tubing.  Upon impact, Mrs. North exploded a handheld blood pack on her head. We also filled breakaway bottles with about a quarter cup of fake blood for additional explosive effect. Once she hit the floor, the actress slowly pumped the blood which oozed from the tubing and out the side of her head. Kaidi specifically chose a white costume so to highlight the oozing blood. 

Step Three:
Hana Kadoyama (SM), Emma Jimerson (ASM) and Zoe Travis (ASM) clean and reset.

Thank you to SMASH Props for the incredible breakaway bottles!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! great job everyone! Terrific effect and a really nice document of the process.

    You made our bottles look great!

    Thank you!

    -Ryan Johnson