If you, like me, were intrigued about exactly how the crew of American Horror Story: Freak Show managed to bring some of Elsa Mars' 'monsters' to life, then today you are in luck!
FuseFX, the Burbank-based studio responsible for the stunning visual effects used on many of the actors, has posted a breakdown video which shows many of the stars in the before, during and after stages of their freak transformation. Check out the video, and then take a more in depth look at each character below:
Totally awesome right? FuseFX has been, unsurprisingly nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for their work on Freak Show. According to FuseFX the average episode of Freak Show "included more than 100 visual effects shots, many of which were complicated character effects."
They specifically mention the characters of Edward Mordrake, and Twisty the clown, as well as the "ambitious" characters of Bette and Dot Tattler, the identical conjoined twins played by Sarah Paulson.
After Stanley tricks Jimmy and removes both his hands, instead of one, FuseFX faced the challenge of making it look convincing that Evan Peters was missing both hands for the remaining three episodes of the series. They did a pretty good job, right?
Bette and Dot Tattler
Throughout the Freak Show series, Sarah Paulson's characters Bette and Dot were undoubtedly two of the most intriguing, but what I found even more intriguing is how the twins were brought to life.
Seriously, how cool is that? Firstly, hats off to Sarah Paulson for her acting, and secondly, a round of applause to FuseFX for making the twins look so realistic and flawless.
Meep the Geek
Poor Meep met an unfortunate end in Freak Show, but before that, he was known to bite the heads off of chickens. While the actor who portrayed Meep, Ben Woolf (who sadly died in February after being hit by a car), really did have pituitary dwarfism, the (fake) chicken he bit the head off of needed a little more in the way of visual effects.
Wes Bentley's Edward Mordrake was a rather freaky fellow, and needed a bit of help from FuseFX to bring the scary looking face on the back of his head to life.
Twisty the clown
And of course, aside from the Tattler twins, Twisty the clown is the character who most obviously needed some visual effects. As you can see, old Twisty could have looked totally acceptable, even handsome, before his unfortunate suicide attempt.
Get ready to check in when American Horror Story returns with Hotel on October 7th on FX.