In this episode, Ethan Lone Elk's body is found in a terrible state after his brother's cabin explodes with him in it. Special Makeup Effects Designer Steve LaPorte and Specialty Costumer Wynema Chavez take us behind the scenes to see how it all came together.
LaPorte: "Because of the amount of burned tissue showing, I chose to pre-build an upper body suit and hood to speed up the makeup. I took a spandex sport top, stretched it on a form and, using prosthetic silicone in colored layers, built up and painted the burned tissue look."
LaPorte: "I used a cloth painter's hood that I pre-made up as a shortcut for the head makeup."
LaPorte: "Once in the suit, I then added the layers of quick-set silicone directly to our actor's face, texturing and coloring it as each layer set up."
LaPorte: "I used crumbled up blue corn tortilla chips to get the crusty effect and a ground black rubber dust for a more subtle charring effect."
LaPorte: "I then added final coloring with an airbrush."
LaPorte: "For an open-eye effect, and so our actor could walk to set and see between takes, I made a separate 'Lone Ranger' sized mask that was removable."
LaPorte: "It could quickly be glued into place and blended into the rest of the makeup for filming."
Chavez: "We decided how much of the clothing needed to be burnt, as well as what areas needed to stay intact for the makeup Special Effects suit. With this information, I variously cut away about 60% of the front of the shirt, airbrushed the shirt with a Carbon Black Mixture, and adhered crushed blue corn chips (to match Special Effects)."
Chavez: "After the front of the clothing was dry, I was able to paint the color 'Tuscan Red' to the back of the shirt as it calls for in the script." Here you can see some of the red on the back of Ethan's pants as well.
LaPorte: "Wynema Chavez and I worked as a team to combine her burned clothing to my burned tissue. The total process took three hours. Fortunately, we only had to apply it twice. It took an entire week to prep. By the way, the stuntman's name who wore the makeup is Devlin Lara.
Another view of the burnt "body."