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Blood Question

Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 7:23pm

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MidnightJester

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I need to have blood smeared over a wall....lots of it. I was wondering which one of the current blood plugins would make that look.
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 7:37pm

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Kram1563

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That would probably be best if you actually made osme blood and smeared it all over the walls etc i am actually looking into this for my newest short film, and after my Termination movie i think i will only use the plug-ins when needed, but if i was going to use a plug-in it would probably be the one where the blood flies towards the screen and then as if it hits it, and starts to dribble down
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 8:09pm

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moebius

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Gelatin blood is the way to go! Easy to apply, easy to clean up! Using store bought blood or Karo-syrup blood will be courting disaster! biggrin
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 8:38pm

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you wouldn't happen to know the recipe for gelatin blood, would ya moe?
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 8:47pm

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BackOfTheHearse

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Rating: +2

1 package plain gelatin or 1 package red colored Jell-O
2 bottle red food coloring (especially if using plain gelatin)
1 tbsp green food coloring
1 - 5 gallons of water (depending on desired consistancy)

Follow the instructions on the side of the jello package, but double or quadruple the amount of water needed, and don't add any sugar. Doubling the water gives you a very slimy, gloopy jello which doesn't look a lot like blood, but can be fun to get kids to stick their hands into at hallowe'en parties. If you use 5 gallons of water, you're going to have quite a thin runny blood, great for pouring over bloodied bodies in bathtubs or splashing on walls (especially if you can hose down the walls after - I wouldn't recommend this in your livingroom or parent's bedroom). You can play around with the recipe to get the desired consistancy - gelatin is reasonably cheap and available in almost any grocery store.


EDIT-
I forgot to mention... This recipe is not my own, I do not take credit for it.
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 9:01pm

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Ice_Man

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thanks!
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 10:38pm

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MechaForce

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'two bottles'


??

big bottles or small bottles? huh? how bout a size in oz. or ml?
Posted: Tue, 11th Feb 2003, 11:07pm

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BackOfTheHearse

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Fine, Mecha...

Generally, the true bottles of food coloring are a basic size. If you want me to be specific, then it's 1 fluid ounce. 29 mL.

Honestly, the real thing is to make this your own. Do not follow instructions like these directly. You need to alter them to fit your needs. More color, less color, more water, etc... Fiddle around until you get what you want.
Posted: Wed, 12th Feb 2003, 12:00am

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Sweet - thanks!
Posted: Wed, 12th Feb 2003, 7:24am

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moebius

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For an even better consistency, replace, say 90% (I can't be sure about the exact percentages, but from what I've learnt, it ain't rocket science lol) of water with glycerine instead. Note that using glycerine makes the whole process more dangerous, because you do have to heat the mixture at some point, and I believe glycerine traps heat really well. Don't get burnt (literally)!

Also, just using red colouring alone will probably yield a hue that is too red (and therefore, fake), so I'd suggest adding 1 or 2 drops of blue to tone it down a bit. Not too much though, or the mixture will turn purple, and you don't want that biggrin
Posted: Wed, 12th Feb 2003, 7:29am

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moebius

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For a video demonstration of the procedure, check out the latest issue of Haunted Media magazine: http://www.hauntedinteractive.com/preview.htm#workshop
Posted: Wed, 12th Feb 2003, 5:07pm

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Ice_Man

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so, if you use glycerine instead of water, it almost could become rocket science, huh moe?
Posted: Wed, 12th Feb 2003, 5:55pm

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moebius

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Ice_Man wrote:

so, if you use glycerine instead of water, it almost could become rocket science, huh moe?
Literally, I suppose so lol
Posted: Sun, 16th Feb 2003, 5:21am

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MidnightJester

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Ya, well, I can't make the blood, because I've already shot it. The reason I need it is because there was a mirror on the wall in the room. We managed to keep the camera from being seen in the mirror, but there are a few shots where you see some of the actors not doing anything sitting in the background (including the one that is supposed to be dead) so I figured I'd cover them with blood. So, i was just wondering which plug-in would make that look best.

(Just to say now, I can't reshoot it, cuz I can't get all the people to come back again.)