Special effects – Gory Indulgence

Beware: This post contains gory pictures that may or may not be to your liking.

While I’m sitting down trying to take another break from reading papers for assignments…I thought, why not show you all another side of me. Something else I love doing other than writing…one day maybe I’ll get professional training. I really want to!

I’ll let you in on a little known secret about something that holds amazing interest for me: Special effects! Not the CGI kind of effects, but the actually cosmetic/prosthetic effects we so readily see in fantasy/sci-fi/period pieces/crime movies or TV shows. I’m talking about warty fingers and green faces, of gashes and gaps, or aliens and monsters, and of the olden days of life without technology and etc.

Few years ago, during my involvement in making a feature film, Sweet Marshall, I had a fabulous opportunity to practice something I had never done. I mean I draw and paint, and can do general makeup very well, but blood and bullet holes – I had never tried. But when the time came, and the film required some cuts and bruises, and bullets hole injuries, I was more than happy to try my hand at it. I mean how hard could it be painting on people’s faces and bodies than on canvas and paper?

Well…it was a bit hard, at first. People aren’t flat as sheets are we? So, during the 5 weeks filming, I was the resident SFX makeup artist, even though I had never done this before. But I could copy things really well – and a simple 1 minute lesson from a pro had me later on doing on-set SFX throughout the duration. I have to say it wasn’t what I had expected.

I LOVED it! Thoroughly enjoyed the task of making wax and paint and makeup resemble wounds and gashes. I would be lying if I denied how much I loved practicing it. This new-found interest had me going out there into the art stores the following years and getting a children’s practice set for SFX moulding wax and a small bottle of blood. Here are some of the damages I inflicted.




SFX(Bullet hole, facial gash, neck gash/tear) _All FAKE and done for Halloween

hand gash

(Hand – severed thumb stitched back – for Halloween)


(Diseased witch – again for Halloween. Got few screams from trick-or-treaters, though I’m not proud I scared my 10-month old niece :-S).

What do you guys think? 🙂

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