Ten Steps To Homemade Bloody Severed Wrist Stumps
Monday, June 6, 2011
SO YOU WANT TO MAKE BLOODY SEVERED WRIST STUMPS? Welcome, internet.
Viewers of RPS have asked me where I bought the bloody stumps.
I made those bloody stumps. (although buying would have been easier.)
In the scene where Blake beats Dirk Halsted in RPS, the thugs punish him by sawing his hands off. Clearly a natural plot progression.
Jim Crowe, brother of Producer Maggie Crowe (and our Special Effects Advisor), had a brilliant
idea. Water bottles, ribs, skin, chicken meat, and infant nasal aspirators.
Here’s how to make bloody stumps with wrist bones:
1. Get the following things: Two 20 ounce water bottles, two infant nasal aspirators, a bottle of fake blood, a rotisserie chicken, and a rack of ribs.
2. Eat the ribs and chicken for dinner. Wash ’em both down with the bottles of water. Keep some extra chicken, and save the skin. And most importantly, save those rib bones.
3. Set the ribs bones out on a windowsill and let them dry out.
4. Put the skin and extra chicken meat in a container and refrigerate.Cut the water bottles in half, and keep the bottoms.
5. Carve two rib-sized holes in the bottom of the bottle. One will be slightly larger than the other. The ribs will ultimately be shoved through these holes to represent the ulna and radius of a severed wrist.
6. Carve in one tiny hole, for the nozzle of the infant nasal aspirator.
7. Fill both nasal aspirators with fake blood. I chose to super glue the top on them to prevent the top from popping off when it’s squeezed.
8. Insert the two ribs into the rib holes. Glue them in place.
9. Insert the nasal aspirator into the tiny hole from the bottom of the bottle. Super glue it onto the bottle.
10. Glue the chicken skin and meat to the bottom of the bottle (now the top of your stump).
At this point, you’re just about done. When you’re ready to shoot, hold the aspirator from the bottom of the bottle and hide the whole contraption in your sleeves. Have a friend douse your stumps in fake blood, and scream while you squeeze the blood out of the aspirators. Convincing gore from the mind of Jim Crowe.
Jim also provided me with two fog machines. I highly recommend incorporating fog into scenes where it’s appropriate- just like rain, fog increases perceived production value, while being really cheap. From a lighting standpoint, fog also softens light and evens it out over your actors.
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