How Effects Artists Make Fake Wounds Look Real

Even the most dedicated of method actors usually aren’t keen on having half their face blown off for a role. So where do they turn to when they need to look battle-worn and bloody? A very talented props department.

In this video, YouTubers Freakmo and Powdah team up to make a super gross infected knee appliance. The process takes dozens of materials, from sculpting clays and silicone mixtures, to epoxy, spray plastic, paints, and even Vaseline and K-Y Jelly. For an even more realistic touch, Freakmo bought some surgical staples and sutures.

Even after the fake wound is finished, it still takes several more layers of makeup and blood to make the whole thing look convincing—and it really does look convincing. Maybe don’t want the video if you’re in the middle of lunch.


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I met a guy in the early 90s that does work like this. What was cool was in order to have reference material, he had a network of people who worked at news agencies, etc. who would send him video footage of stuff that was too gruesome to be on TV.

He showed us some of his collection of accidents, dismemberments, burn & stabbing victims, etc. This was all before you could readily see this stuff on the internet and I vividly remember some of the disturbing imagery he shared with us.