How To Get A Head...
There's one little catch - in order to do a scene with a severed head, you have to actually create a severed head.
And so, this is what we set out to do yesterday. Michelle, the actress playing the role, graciously agreed to have a cast of her head made for the show, and what follows is the process that she went through.
Essentially, a soft negative cast of her face is made, and then plaster is poured into that cast, making the head, which can then be painted and dressed to be identical to the actress.
Enjoy the following videos which document what Michelle went through during the process:
Note the straws in her nose, which are used to allow her to breathe during the 25 or so minutes in which her face is completely covered.
And the pourung begins:
This next video actually looks more like some surgical procedure is taking place, with all of the hands in there working:
Michelle had a sense of humor during all of this, and even took time out during the drying process to hum a few bars of the show for us:
And finally came the removal, which I include here just to prove that we did not, in fact, suffocate one of our cast members:
A pretty cool process, all in all... hope you enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes!!