Photo 2: But not everything about the Dalish camp was beautiful. When our heroes find it, they discover they were too late, and Saarebas had already cast the camp in ruins. May of the surviving warriors were dismembered, battered, and bruised...
Photo 3: And they were the lucky ones! The twisted mage cast fiery spells that charred Elves to the bone. Here, Construction Leadman John Bell tends to one of many burial piles of burnt skeletons.
Photo 4: We started prepping Dragon Age: Redemption the day after Halloween last year, so one of Art Director Bryan Fulk's first orders of business was to hit up all of the local Halloween stores for sales. If you have a closet or garage to store stuff, the week after the holiday is always the best time to shop! We got these highly articulated skeletons for 75% off! They were pretty good quality, and way less expensive than the medical grade versions we usually use.
Photo: The Kid used a heat gun to speed up the drying process, and coated the final layer of latex with dark brown house paint. You may notice the crutches on the edge of the table. The Kid broke his leg at Marissa's rolling skating birthday party a few weeks earlier, which prevented him from being a Dalish Elf! He was the first person Felicia picked to populate the camp, but he couldn't do it in a cast. Maybe for the sequel!
Photo 5: Here, Rikki layers up some leg bones with paper towel and latex. Rikki joined the art department through the Knights of Good call, but she really is a make-up artist. Special effects is were those two worlds meet, so she definitely had her hands full with DA:R creature projects! The finished skeletons pictured were "charred" simply using black spray paint to dust them.
Photo 6: Maerwynn (Iris Klein)is Felicia's acting teacher. She was kind enough to drop by the BarnYard for an ear casting to complete her look as the Dalish Keeper's wife. I specifically tried to sculpt each actor's ears in a unique way, so everyone didn't look like Christmas elves with ears purchased from a costume shop. Make-up artist Kim Graczyk created the tattoos using a simple prosaide transfer technique.
Photo 6: Originally, there were going to be very few survivors in the Dalish camp. But as the scope of the series grew, so did the cast. As the numbers increased, early talks had most of the background wearing hoods and scarves to avoid the need for creating and applying so many pairs of ears. But then the large number of Elves trying to hide their ears started feeling apparent. The compromise was that I had my Foam Tech, Mark Vinello, run multiple copies of all of the hero ears to be used on the extras. Mark is no stranger to Elf ears, he was the Lead Prosthetics foam runner for the Lord of the Rings trilogy!