Jim's Richard III Blog

What had started as a blog of Richard III rehearsal process at Cal Shakes has now evolved or devolved into a small novella. The author is petrified to change the name for fear it'll disappear, and wouldn't know what to call it anyway. Many stories are included and questions are even answered sometimes!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Cal Shakes Bloodbath

Here are several Halloweenish images compiled by our bloody-minded Alexae Visel, head of wardrobe and Clot Artiste. At right her blank canvas is prepped and ready. I've wiped most of the "safe" blood from the eye gouging scene away from the eye area (although my contact lenses were tinted pinkish by the end of the run from the occasional leak), and put on my extra grotty shirt to help complete the full pitiful effect.





Next the clots are carefully and artfully added in on the cheeks--this is a different formula blood, thicker and not recommended for ingestion, but does dissolve in water. The "clotline" starts where the bottom of the bloody bandage will eventually rest, getting that nice eye-ooze effect.









Here we see the full extent of Alexae's skill at the "dribble effect". Note the neck. Beautiful work! She did get it in my chest hair though.....
Ouch.











And here is the the finished work with bloody bandage added. Masterful. Do not try this at home..........

Now, that bandage? It was easy to see out of when it was daylight--the same principle of being in a lit room and trying to look through the window into the darkness outside applied at night however...........






This is approximately what I was able to see.....
In the daytime.

Happy Halloween! And yes, The Creature, an adaptation of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein will return again this year, in a live reading at The Magic Theatre and will be podcast again, with myself reprising the role of the Creature.


Boo! Spooky!



3 Comments:

Blogger alexae said...

Ahh, a happy and less bloody Halloween to you Jim!

October 30, 2007 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

Jimmy Carpenter!!! Give me a hollar!! I'm at Baubo69@Hotmail.Com and would LOVE to hear from you! I send greetings from Cal MacLean!

Love to you!!

How can you be old enough to play Scrooge? Impossible!!!

xoxHope

October 31, 2007 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter, the reverse nurse! Bloodies the patients rather than, oh wait, she does stitch them up as well. Thanks for the post. You're an excellent writer--keep it up! Alexae's mom

November 2, 2007 at 4:07 PM  

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