1st Edition

Bloody Brilliant: How to Develop, Execute, and Clean Up Blood Effects for Live Performance

By Jennifer McClure Copyright 2022
    180 Pages 181 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 181 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bloody Brilliant: How to Develop, Execute, and Clean Up Blood Effects for Live Performance offers methods and techniques for delivering this special effect on the stage.

    The world of live theatre presents its own set of unique challenges when creating special effects, particularly blood. There are no cropped-view frames, multiple angles, or reshoots – everything is live and in view of the audience. This book provides helpful insight, information, techniques, and tricks for producing reliable and repeatable blood effects, covering everything from design and budgeting to safety and clean-up. Filled with easy-to-follow descriptions and full-color artwork, this text includes:

      • Practical examples of blood effect budgets, outlining not just money but also labor needs.
      • A breakdown of the components for making an original blood recipe, as well as reliable, industry-tested recipes.
      • Options for dispensing blood to create realistic effects for any budget size.
      • A comprehensive wash-testing database of over 500 examples of fabrics and blood combinations.

    Prop managers and builders in professional, educational, and regional theatre are sure to benefit from the tips outlined in this book.

    1. Planning Blood Effects  2. Choosing a Blood  3. Containing and Delivering the Effect  4. Specific Blood Effects  5. Alternate Blood Effect Options and Basic Prosthetics  6. Putting It All Together  7. Cleaning Up the Scene of the Crime


    Jennifer McClure is the Properties Supervisor for the Yale Repertory Theatre and a lecturer for the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.

    "With all the blood in Shakespeare in the Park or Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson I wish I had this book as a guide to help me navigate some difficult situations. Jen has included some very insightful guidance and great techniques on ago-old problems so they don’t become bloody messes. I suggest every props and special effects and educator have this on their shelf."

    Jay Duckworth, Adjunct Professor at Pace University, Props Designer, and Founder of Props Summit