While shooting the plantation scenes at the historic Sample-McDougald House, we heard some funny noises, but the caretaker said it was just the old home settling. While outside the building, we thought we saw a ghost in one of the upper story windows, but it was just producer Ed Tapia, signing some paperwork.
The painting of Yankee Dan was done by a Los Angeles-based artist. The vision was described to him by the writer and show's creator.
Yankee Dan's skeleton (at left) was made of plastic and the rotting skin was created by special effects makeup artist Bill McCoy. "It took about a week to get everything right," says Bill. When Bill creates corpses for The Glades, he sometimes uses real skeletons under the prosthetics instead of fake skeletons — it all depends on the body type that is needed. For Yankee Dan, he used a fake one that he bought from an anatomical supplier. Photo courtesy of Bill McCoy.
Two of this episode's guest stars had big roles on cult-favorite TV shows. Brad Beyer, who plays the murder victim's husband, starred in the post-apocalyptic series Jericho, while Jonathan Slavin, who plays ghost hunter Ed Ross, starred in the comedy Better Off Ted.
To get the golf club to fall down, the special effects department tied a thin piece of fishing line to it and tugged on it off camera.
Martha's ghost was CGI-ed in, but actress Niki Spiridakos played Martha for the close up shots. White makeup was used to make her look ghostly.
Yankee Dan's crypt was built by our construction department on stage, but to save the time during filming, it was moved to the Sample-McDougald location. A large blackout tent was built over it by the grip department to darken it and to be able to fill it with smoke for atmosphere. Matt (Jim) Carlos (Carlos), and Jordan (Daniel) did have fun screaming and running away from the crypt. It was funny to hear them on set. But it was even funnier when, during one take, they ran through a gate on the property and knocked it over.
Production notes courtesy of Marc Weinstein and Bill McCoy