The Queen's Church location was actually filmed at an Anglican church in Toronto's west end. For the required fighting and gunfire, the Breakout Kings creatives respectfully opted to show very little blood; the majority of the gunfire consisted of dust capsules and full loads of blanks in the guns to achieve vibrant muzzle flashes.
A custom-designed plate was built and attached to the 9mm gun that Carmen pulled from the casket. This plate was made of rare earth magnets, which given their extraordinary strength, ensured that the gun would stay securely in place.
The scenes at Carmen's hideout were filmed at an after hours bar/club on the cusp of Toronto's little Italy neighborhood. For the scene in which T.T. was shot, the SPFX crew rigged a blood bag to the actor's back; when the bullet hit him, the bag was wirelessly exploded and the blood was free to smear down the wall.
Members of the Props Department used WWII gas masks, a sleep apnea mask, and a glass spice jar to construct the air-filtration unit Carmen "bought" from Buntz.
For the scene in which the mayor and the two U.S. Marshals were shot, their car windshield was rigged with a breakaway glass. This windshield had two layers of a safety shield film secured in place. The film is strong enough to stop a .38 bullet at point-blank range, but as always when gunfire is involved, tension was high on set leading up to the successful halt of the first bullet.
Without question, everyone involved with this episode agreed that the strip club scenes were the most exciting, due to all of the pyrotechnics. SPFX Coordinator Jim McGillivary described this day as being "one big, highly choreographed dance of explosives", and rightfully so; rubber glass bullets, exploding quark balls, and "Round Roccos" (explosives sandwiched between ceiling tile discs), shot debris in every direction, while spark effects (simulating electrical shortages), added color and blasts of light to the dark environment. Dust, black powder, Plasticine, and Vaseline capsules were also used. The Vaseline bullets were shot at the many mirrored columns to imitate broken glass, as the mirrors themselves, made of breakaway glass by the SPFX Department, were found to be too strong to shatter when shot with hard Plasticine bullets.
On the day of the strip club shoot, the entire crew wore completely black attire in order to disappear into the background of the scenes. Not only was this location a real strip club, but many of the strippers were also real strippers from the club.
Production Notes supplied by Tori Larsen.