This movie used new and impressive compositing techniques of the time to create the special effect of a hole through Goldie's body.
What if you could build and wear a special effect like this for a costume? Here's how...
Step 1: Supplies
2 x Secondary 7" monitors for a portable DVD unit
2 x Nikon coolpix digital camera with video out cable
2 x 12 volt battery
plaster of paris
Smooth On flex foam, sealer and realease agent
Acrylic gloss medium
Fake fur remnant
Step 2: Make the Wounds
I started with these monitors I found on ebay. They are the secondary units to a portable DVD player for your car. I guess the DVD players were defective but these units still worked, so they were a great deal at $20 each.
I needed these to determine the general sizes of the foam wounds that would eventually house them.
I cut a piece of blue foam to the size of the monitor, and covered it with plastic. I also marked an "X" on the foam to indicate where the actual screen was located.
Using regular ceramics clay, I sculpted the rear entry and front exit wounds. I had to build the clay on top of the screen to round it out and build up depth. I used different utensils to create the bullet patterns of a shotgun spray.
Once sculpted, the clay is ready to be cast in Plaster of Paris. When dry, the plaster casts are picked clean with various ceramic & dental tools. Once cleaned they are sealed and then coated with a release agent.
I made a box out of plastic sheeting to the size of the monitors. I mixed and poured the [http://flex foam] into the molds. As it started to expand I placed my plastic box into the foam. This resisted the foam, and allowed me to keep the center of the wounds from filling up. At this point when the foam is curing, elastic straps can be set into the sides.
Step 3: Building the Video Effect
I needed my monitors to be powered portably, so I used 12 volt battery with special cables that were fitted with the monitor's power connector. I used the AV out cable that comes with the camera and connected it to the monitor's component in with a male-to-male RCA adapter.
Originally I was planning on using spy cameras that run of 9volts to provide my live feed. However, the $10 ones I received from ebay were crappy (duh) and died right away. I had to improvise and use what I had, and I happened to have two Nikon Coolpix digitals available. I cut pockets in the foam for the cameras to sit, and a hole for the lenses to pop through.
I decided that having the monitors in the cases was creating to much rigid bulk, so I removed them. I put them in the soft, vinyl cases that came with the monitors for attaching to the headrest of your car. I sandwiched them in leather and foam. This is the point where I damaged the second monitor, rendering it useless.
I cut a slit on the side of the foam where the cables attached to the monitor. This was so I could turn the power on and off easily. I could also turn the camera on every 30min (the longest default time it would stay on for).
Step 4: What to Wear
Basically the fit came from trying on the foam wounds, and then trimming down areas that were causing excessive bulk. The ruching of the dress was quite good for hiding imperfections and stretching over everything nicely. Holes were cut to expose the wounds and snipped to tatter the edges. I painted the dress ti give the fabric around the holes a burnt quality.
The fur stole was a remnant of fake fur I cut and hemmed to have hidden pockets for the batteries. Since I only ended up with one battery, I made the pocket on the other side open to my hand so I could counter the weight of the battery. Two batteries would have balanced each other out.
The entire outfit cost $20!
Step 5: Paint the Town Red!
I'm really pleased with the final costume, and the total cost was under $100.
Thank you to Temperance McDonald, Paul Hamel and Andrew Bart for your assistance.