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2014 Adventures - Part 3: It's Only a Flesh Wound (Not Safe For Lunch)

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Travel to and from Denver has become pretty routine, as long as Southwest continues its daily 9am direct from Hartford, and USAir keeps its 1:30am redeye to Charlotte.

This trip was to shoot two new educational videos for operating room personnel. One on wound management presented a unique challenge: how to depict wounds on simulated patients. Normally we would smear some vampire blood on a person if we were not seeing anything in detail. However in this case we needed higher fidelity to demonstrate specific wound management techniques. While we have plenty of stock photos of actual wounds, that doesn't help with the need for live action demonstration.

A quick internet search identified a special effect makeup company whose principals have worked on lots of horror films, including a job with Greg Nicotero, but not any medical realism.

First task was to find some reference photos from the web and my own archives, and pair these up with some sketches of what we needed. The artists then had two days to fabricate some appliances, and they graciously let us use some guts and a severed leg that they had recently used on this movie:

The results were amazing. I'll post an image because it's only pretend:

Sorry if that was too much for anyone!

There were other more graphic scenes besides this one. The volunteer actors had a blast.

Dinners in Denver usually consist of brew pubs and occasionally Texas de Brazil, though that is a lot of meat in one sitting. On this particular trip I seemed to have the flu (despite a flu shot) and I was sneezing almost constantly. The weather was very Michigan-like, so I got take out to eat in the hotel 2 out of 4 nights. We hit a brewhouse one night and Red Lobster one night (this was the "it's snowing and it is next to the hotel" scenario). Normally Red Lobster would be off limits because it is generally considered to be awful. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting - I ordered the least exotic thing on the menu.

Shoot complete, drive around Denver for 6 hours until the redeye to Charlotte. It is tradition to have breakfast at 6:30am at Phillip's bar in Terminal 5 - a long walk from Terminal 2 where the flight from Denver lands. Then a regional jet to Hartford and warmer weather.

Coming up in Part 4, the beginning of the first of two travel marathons for 2014.

Thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:58:41 pm effects makeup

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

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