'What We Do in the Shadows' Special Effects Artist Drops Some Tea About Season 3
Karlee Morse, Emmy award-winning special effects artist recently dished with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about what it was like to work on What We Do in the Shadows. Plus Morse dropped a little tea about the upcoming season.
Morse said Colin Robinson, who is the “energy vampire” on the series will have an interesting twist next season. Morse worked on an episode where Robinson started seeing dead versions of himself. “So we made dead bodies of him,” she said. “So we did a lifecast on him for that. He’s hilarious. He loved it.”
Morse added that the special effects for the series took hours to apply. For instance, creating the lifecast is done on set and can take weeks depending on the amount of detail. “We would have crazy long days because it was prosthetics, like an eight-hour makeup application for example,” she said.
“When we did a really big makeup we have to have it ready to shoot when everyone’s there,” Morse continued. “So I think at one point we did like a 16 hour day. And we had to be back right away. But it never felt draining because we were just so excited to be there.”
The cast is just as fun as the characters they play
Morse said just being on set is a laugh-fest. She said the series is one of her favorite shows so it was extra special when she joined the special effects team for several episodes. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “The prosthetic designer on that show, Paul Jones, he’s a big mentor to me.”
“So it’s been awesome working with them,” she remarked. “The cast is hilarious. A lot of it is ad-lib off-script, and so everyone behind the cameras is losing it laughing. It’s incredible. It’s so much fun.”
“I also did some work on the episode with Haley Joel Osment,” she shared. Osment appeared on season 2 as a new familiar Topher, who gives Guillermo a run for his money. Morse assisted in Osment’s “transformation” into a zombie.
She also worked on some of the episodes that featured the vampires from the 1970s too.
Morse admits she had one fangirl moment
Despite being an industry professional, Morse admitted she couldn’t help but have a fangirl moment when special guest Nick Kroll was on set. Kroll commanded the role of Simon the Devious, Laszlo Cravensworth’s arch enemy.
“I can tell you that I was fangirling out when Nick Kroll came in,” she laughed. “I’m a really big fan of Kroll Show and Big Mouth. I was actually starstruck. I usually try to keep it cool, but I went really quiet and everyone was like, ‘Oh she’s being too quiet.’”
Morse also said most of the scenes with actor Matt Berry, who plays Laszlo Cravensworth, were always fun. “I’m also a big fan of Toast of London,” she said. “But every single day, it never felt like work.”
Morse spills the secrets behind the perfect fake blood
She also dished about how to make Halloween fake blood even more realistic. She shared her recipe which includes corn syrup, cocoa powder, food coloring (red + yellow + blue), coffee whitener, and boiled/hot water. “To make it look really good, don’t just use red food coloring,” she advised. “You mix a little bit of blue and yellow as well.”
“So it’s mostly red,” she emphasized. “But then you add maybe like a tiny drop, a tiny drop of yellow. Then it’s not that like really bright red.” Also, the cocoa powder and corn syrup give it more of a viscous consistency.
Morse also recently partnered with General Mills to create one-of-a-kind Monster Cereal busts based on beloved Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals. Consumers can win one of these busts when they visit the General Mills’ Instagram account. First, “like” the official sweepstakes post featuring the three monsters. Then name your favorite Monster Cereal in a comment. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MonsterCerealSweepstakes.
No official word on a premiere date for What We Do in the Shadows Season 3.
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