Have you ever dreamt of applying your talents to special effects for film and television production? Take a tour of Bleeding Art Industries! During the tour you will witness the ingenious creativity and craft integrated into the final product you see on screen.
Bleeding Art Industries’ tagline is WE CREATE COOL. From the ground up they design and fabricate shockingly realistic prosthetics, props, sculptures and environmental pieces, as well as pyrotechnic effects and a full range of TV/film products and services. Some of their impressive credits include; The Revenant, Heartland , Syfy network’s new modern day supernatural western Wynonna Earp and their own award-winning film Skeleton Girl.
How do you develop a career in the special effects industry? The short answer is it can take many paths.
Leo Wieser, the founder, creative principal and co-owner, has over fifteen years’ experience on film sets, and over twenty-five in theatre. His educational qualifications include a BFA and MFA in Set, Costume, and Lighting Design.
Co-owner Becky Scott started her career with a BSc, then transitioned into arts and media marketing, communications and business management before landing at Bleeding Art.
Head fabricator Alyssa Moor’s holds a BFA from Queens University. She has been fabricating cool creations for Bleeding Art and other fabricators for many years.
Before joining BAI in sales and marketing in October 2015, Nancy Cameron was marketing director for Theatre Calgary for over 18 years. She was a key member of the team that took the company from near bankruptcy to over 10,000 subscribers and its own thriving charitable support foundation. Prior to that, she was marketing director at the Calgary Downtown Association for 7 years.
How do you land a career in TV/Film Arts?
Your career journey begins with identifying your focus – design, fabrication, installation and production, marketing or business management. From there, you choose a post-secondary education direction; theatre school, set and costume design, fine arts drawing, painting and sculpting, special effects makeup or marketing and communications.
Getting your foot in the door is an essential part of the process before, during and after your education. Volunteering or completing work internships will help you gain that experience. However, your willingness to start at the bottom and learn the industry ropes, is what keeps you in demand.
Adaptability is also a critical component and Bleeding Art staff wear many hats; Alyssa Moor fabricates everything from decomposing corpses and new born foals to dead grizzly bears, makeup formulas and facial prosthetic. The ability to adapt her skills as required to different projects, and the openness to learn and try new things has enabled Alyssa to grow as an artist and as an employee of a company that requires people with wide-ranging and transferable skill sets.
Leo Wieser creates effects for film, TV and live theatre productions. As head of effects his skills include project cost projection and budgeting, people management and the ability to bring creative visions to life.
Becky Scott is an accomplished writer who can also balance a spreadsheet and liaise with government and corporate contacts to pursue funding and client development.
Nancy Cameron designed the Bleeding Art retail store and manages multi-media campaigns, sources suppliers/ new clients and manages customer relations.
When Bleeding Art is asked – can you make our vision reality? The answer is always “yes” says Nancy - even if it means we’re learning what to do and creating the techniques to make it possible while working towards the deadline”.
Final advice from Bleeding Art Industries? Start with your strengths and talents – then for the rest of your career - continually learn and explore.