In The Netherlands we have daily talkshows just like in every other country, and one of the most popular shows is called "De Wereld Draait Door" (meaning both "The World Keeps Turning" and "The World Is Going Crazy").
Last Friday (the 13th, haha) one of the guests being interviewed turned out to be Rogier Samuels, Senior Prosthetics Technician on the "Lord of the Rings"
trilogy and the upcoming "The Hobbit"
. But Rogier is also the Special Effects Supervisor for Richard Raaphorst's "Frankenstein's Army"
, and as he wasn't allowed to show any props from "The Hobbit"
he showed a few from "Frankenstein's Army"
instead. The interview primarily covered Rogier moving to New Zealand for six months with his whole family, but there were plenty of things mentioned about the two projects he's currently working on.
The interview is the first five minutes of the clip below. There is some behind-the-scenes footage from "The Hobbit"
where Rogier tells about the dwarf make-up: each of the thirteen dwarfs has their own masks and feet, parts of which have to be remade anew every day.
Next he shows an old latex foot he made for the short film "Popo the Clown"
(also directed by Richard Raaphorst), and then he uses a corpse from "Frankenstein's Army"
to demonstrate which new materials are used today. He also said that such a detailed prop could take as much as a month to build.
I actually saw that same corpse when I visited the set last month, and then it still was covered in fake blood. But the amount of detail was staggering. Another, similar prop looked lifelike enough to seem real, with even the stubble on the chin having been sewn in hair by individual hair.
So, anyway: that is a real prop and I can guarantee you that it is in the film. And if you want a closer look, check the clip below!
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