Death by Pottery
In the tragic drama, The Ballad of Yachiyo, a broken piece of Japanese pottery serves as the method of self destruction. The challenge: A piece of pottery is smashed against the floor and a broken shard is used to commit suicide. The solution: A mold was made of an authentic piece of Japanese pottery used in the production. A rubber replica of the bowl was created. A hollow rubber pottery shard was sculpted and cast to hold stage blood. When rubber bowl is violently smashed against the floor, a shard is then picked up and drawn across the wrist - depositing the crimson line of life.
A Greasy Bag
Fake grease Challenge: The actor needed to clutch a greasy brown bag of cookies to his chest without getting grease on the costume. Solution: Making the fake grease on this brown bag = shellac to the rescue! The hardest part was painting just the right amount on the inside of the bag to soak through, then finding a spot on the clothesline to hang 100 bags for drying.
A blanket of hay
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [caption id="attachment_838" align="alignleft" width="428"] Hay blanket for Young Frankenstein, Broadway[/caption] How to make a simple pile of hay The challenge: Ulla pops out from under the pile of hay. As they cavorted, the hay had to stay in the cart. It had to be hypo-allergenic. It had to be fire retardant. It could not attract vermin. It needed to look and behave like real hay. The Solution: Successive rows of strung and knotted raffia strands, a strong organic fiber with no intrinsic food value, were stitched onto a fortified blanket of burlap and jute. The all natural piece was then thoroughly flame retarded. It was as comfortable to perform in as any "hay" could be
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