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Pus Wanted

Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 12:36pm

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I'm in kinda a bind, I need to make 1/2 gallon of bright white pus for an upcomming shoot (2 weeks away) and I have tried everything I can think of, but nothing seems to work.

It have to be something that can blend with water and looks good on video, due to the fact that the scene calls for it to be washed away by the rain.

So far I tried the following:

Mayo
Cottage Cheese
Sour Cream
Hand Cream
Flour & Water
Corn Starch & Water
Toothpaste

Any thoughts? Any Help would be great Thanks
Jay
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:01pm

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Milk?
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:14pm

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I'm currently drinking a honey & vanilla smoothie which could probably be passed off as pus. Might be worth looking into.



Also, thanks to you I no longer want to finish this drink that I bought.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:37pm

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Tommy Gundersen wrote:

Milk?
Thanks for the idea, I need something a little thicker.

@ Tarn I never had or heard of a honey & vanilla smoothie. Sounds good, where do you buy it from? Sounds like a good drink.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:40pm

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Well this particular one was from a supermarket called Waitrose. smile

Apparently it's yoghurt (54%), apple juice (38%), honey (7%) and then random vanilla stuff for flavouring. The yoghurt/apple juice/honey combo might make a decent pus-like liquid for you, though.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:44pm

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I've previously used wallpaper paste, just dilute to the right consistency and it needs a good mix to avoid it being to lumpy (though some 'texture' is more nauseating). I also coloured it with water based cake make up (Snazaroo) for a mustard yellow tinge so the same could work with white cake make up. Kryolan actually do a tub of Faux Pus however it's rather yellow, their Faux Mucus may be better. Failing that corn syrup or glycerine could make a good base, just a bit sticky.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:47pm

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Nice...
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 1:51pm

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You love it.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 2:23pm

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Egg white works, but 1/2 gallon is a lotta eggs!
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 2:28pm

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I haven't tried yoghurt or wallpaper paste yet, Well I know how I'll be spending my evening. If spending your nights making pus in your kitchen sounds lonely.....it is. confused but someone has to do it...lol.

Thanks for the ideas everyone
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 3:55pm

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If you decide on the home made route I'd trial Leeloo's idea of the wallpaper paste. It's easy to use for big batches and if sealed properly it will last aa good while (it probably will even have an anti-fungicide in it wink ).

Main problem with food based products is they can go off and can prove very unpleasant for the actors/cast to be around.

I know of one extreme scenario where they used real meat for a fake stomach wound in a theatrical performance. It was all sealed up in a bag to be attached around the actors waist so he could have his stomach slit open on stage. Unfortunately the meat had been in the bag unrefrigerated under the lights for sometime and so when the actor had his stomach slit open it released rotting meat gasses which caused him to pass out and the other actor to vomit all over him and several members of the audience.

Good luck with your pus!
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Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 3:55pm

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Congratulations on starting the grossest thread of the past couple of years!
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 4:02pm

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Having read Mantra's post I threw up...on Tarn.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 4:04pm

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I love it!
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 4:04pm

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Lots of sugar, mix it with water, looks pusful and it's thick.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 4:06pm

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You could always just find a teenager in the throes of puberty and squeeze it.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 4:14pm

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Which reminds me...lard/goosefat. Greasy, white, yet plyable. Though agreed it suffers from the same drawbacks as all unrefridgerated food based effects...time and wasps. I once did some cherry chocolate entrails for a Zombie short, resulting in some very happy zombies with a slight sugar high. Luckily it was a winters day or it would have turned into a killer bee short.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 5:02pm

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Tarn wrote:

You could always just find a teenager in the throes of puberty and squeeze it.
Any teenagers working in KFC or McDonalds should be very worried by now.

Just a thought but with a lot of really pus filled wounds you'll also find plenty of clear fluid seeping out as well, so that might be something else you'd want to include. I guess water would be passable, but you'd need to make sure your ingredients don't absorb it completely. Otherwise I'd look for a runny, sticky but clear fluid to include.

That should give you a more realistic look, and better still you're pus will look nice and moist and not completely dried out.

Yummmm, now where'd I put that bowl of lumpy custard?
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 6:04pm

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Canned Frosting. The "french vanilla" kind has a bit of a yellow tint to it...cut with water.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 7:40pm

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The Chosen One wrote:

Thanks for the idea, I need something a little thicker.
Milk can be as thick as you want it to be if you cook it on a stove for a while. You can reduce it to a thick sludge if you cook it long enough.
Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 8:27pm

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There's a slime on here, add colouring and it may do the job.
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Posted: Thu, 13th Aug 2009, 11:58pm

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Ask your local vet to collect syringed abcess animal pus in a bucket for you, it'll look the part, and reactions to it by cast will be natural...
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 12:05am

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Mantra wrote:


Good luck with your pus!
Mantra
Funniest thing I've read in a while hahaha
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 2:16am

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mix vanilla pudding - butterscotch pudding
throw in small pieces of colored pasta
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 2:28am

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pdrg wrote:

Ask your local vet to collect syringed abcess animal pus in a bucket for you, it'll look the part, and reactions to it by cast will be natural...
Now that is the grossest(word?) thing I have heard in a very long time. I am quite certain the Vet would ban you from the property, at least I know I would.
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 12:30pm

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Well I tested yoghurt last night (mixed it up in the container placed on a board, ran water over it) worked very well, I haven't tested it on film yet, but I think its going to work.

I also ran out and got some pudding, vanilla and butterscotch and will be testing it tonight. If it fails, at least I'll have something good to eat...lol.

I just wanted to thank everyone again for your input.
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 12:45pm

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Tarn wrote:

You could always just find a teenager in the throes of puberty and squeeze it.
Squeeze it and put out its eyeses!

Think milk would look fine as long as there wasn't too much of it.
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 1:04pm

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In case anyone wants to know why I need a 1/2 gallon of thick pus that mixes well with water, the scene calls for (not my movie, just doing the effects) a zombie to have just the top of his head cut off with a shovel, pus will (hopefully) run out slowly and be washed away into a storm drain by the rain. to make matters worse, I'll also be putting live maggots in the pus.
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 1:54pm

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HOLI CRAPP!

Sure you don't want a few arachnids to go with it?

Tint the pus reddish for blood.
Posted: Fri, 14th Aug 2009, 11:19pm

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Richard III wrote:

HOLI CRAPP!

Sure you don't want a few arachnids to go with it?

Tint the pus reddish for blood.
Zombies don't bleed do they? They are dead(undead) no heart beat, and traditionally they have been mortally wounded by another zombie leading to their becoming a zombie, so they would likely bleed out, so while they will almost certainly be bloody I don't think they would bleed. That being said lately the movies have portrayed "zombieism" as more of an epidemic disease, spread by casual contact or even airborne if that is the case in this film then just ignore everything I just said.
Posted: Sat, 15th Aug 2009, 12:22am

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voiceoverwizard wrote:

I am quite certain the Vet would ban you from the property, at least I know I would.
And rightly so...but after Tarn's lowering of the tone, I had to see just how low the tone could be pushed wink I gag just at the thought of it...imagine the texture, the colour, the smell ... the taste ...ewwwwwwww.
Posted: Sat, 15th Aug 2009, 12:31am

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You could always call up this guy.. err... bear?
Posted: Sat, 15th Aug 2009, 2:04am

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voiceoverwizard wrote:

Richard III wrote:

HOLI CRAPP!

Sure you don't want a few arachnids to go with it?

Tint the pus reddish for blood.
Zombies don't bleed do they? They are dead(undead) no heart beat, and traditionally they have been mortally wounded by another zombie leading to their becoming a zombie, so they would likely bleed out, so while they will almost certainly be bloody I don't think they would bleed. That being said lately the movies have portrayed "zombieism" as more of an epidemic disease, spread by casual contact or even airborne if that is the case in this film then just ignore everything I just said.
There would probably be leftover blood somewhere, simply because it's begun to congeal and is reluctant to run. If it was a head wound...okay. But if it was farther away, it would probably be a good idea to give it a blackish-red globby mixture.
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 2:21pm

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The Chosen One wrote:

I'll also be putting live maggots in the pus.
You've probably tried this already but get the maggots warmish when you use them, as they wringle a lot more that way. Dried bird feed meal worms are useful if you don't want a cloud of flies 3 days later and you aren't going in too close.
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 2:58pm

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Leeloo wrote:


You've probably tried this already but get the maggots warmish when you use them, as they wringle a lot more that way.
I haven't tried that, thanks for the tip
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 7:57pm

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Leeloo wrote:

The Chosen One wrote:

I'll also be putting live maggots in the pus.
You've probably tried this already but get the maggots warmish when you use them, as they wringle a lot more that way. Dried bird feed meal worms are useful if you don't want a cloud of flies 3 days later and you aren't going in too close.
Great, we've gone from pus to cooking maggots...I like mine with a hint of basil
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 9:07am

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Mellifluous wrote:



Great, we've gone from pus to cooking maggots...I like mine with a hint of basil
Ugh, NO! Don't cook the poor little things, just let them get warm. Most stores supply them cooled and suggest keeping them that way. However they 'perform' much better once warmed up.