A. Quinton — Mar. 26th 2014
Friends, I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately â€“ I’ve been busy and sick â€“ but let me try to make it up to you with a jumbo-sized #WerewolfWednesdayÂ WolfCop update! I’ve got three things for you â€“ one for your brain, and two for your eyes.
First, Echolands Creative (the production company behind the movie) has announced a week-long contest that could get your name in the credits, and your clever tagline on the theatrical poster.
Indie film fans! WOLFCOP IS ON THE PROWL FOR A NEW TAGLINE… Submit your entries here [as a comment on the Facebook post – aq] or Tweet: @WolfCopTheMovie â€Ş#â€ŽTweetTaglineContestâ€¬. Winner gets mention in filmâ€™s end credits and the tagline headlines the official theatrical poster by award-winning poster illustrator Tom Hodge, aka The Dude. Contest closes Wednesday, April 2 end of day. Give us your killer one liner for your chance to join the WOLFCOP universe!
I have a text document open right now and I’m justÂ fillin’ it up with horrible one-liners. Look out, because if I can come up with any taglines that won’t get me thrown in word-jail, I aim to win that contest.
Second, Fangoria has just posted exclusive photos of the eponymousÂ Lou Garou in werewolf form. I won’t repost themÂ all because I’m not a mooch (not that Fangoria needs the pageviews), but I will share the one that made me laugh out loud, and include some great comments from Emersen Ziffle, the FX wizard behind WolfCop’s practical werewolf makeup.
The movieâ€™s FX were created by Emersen Ziffle, who has worked on films like CHAINED and CURSE OF CHUCKY and combined Deanâ€™s cues inspirations with his own. â€śI was influenced by the latest version of the Wolfman, done beautifully by Rick Baker and Dave Elseyâ€”a less doglike, more human werewolf. How would the imagination see a werewolf cop? I feel we delivered on that while remaining unique within the genre.â€ť
The process of turning Fafard into the hairy arm of the law took a couple of hours each day, and with the actor buried under foam latex and acrylic hair, â€śWe were worried about Leo overheating,â€ť Ziffle says. â€śBut shooting in November in Saskatchewan [Canada] kept him just cool enough. We actually almost froze his fingers a few times because the resin claw tips acted as a cold conduit, wicking the heat from his fingertips.â€ť
See, here’s the benefit of practical makeup over CG: the results are tactile, and they lookÂ really really good. Like, almost too good â€“ I can practically smell Lou, and that ain’t good. Shampoo those forearms! Also, with CG creature effects, you can’t take photos of your gore-streaked werewolfÂ character hug-biting your remarkably sanguine writer/director.
Lastly, here’s a WolfCop production diary video I missed from January. It examines the process of designing the film’s werewolf effects and then bringing the beast to life.
I tweeted a comment to some of the WolfCop crew earlier today, and I think it’s worth repeating here… I’veÂ never been so excited for a werewolf movie, and I’ve never been prouder of a Canadian production.