Claret, the red stuff, gore, ichor, life fluid, strawberry jam, protesters free-bleeding at the gates of parliament. It seems like blood is everywhere. Pertinent given the conversations that I have been having with Sam regarding the Books of Blood project on which she is currently working.
Later this year, I’m hoping to catch the Blood exhibition at the London Jewish Museum. Whilst at the Globe (where I moonlight), the season has ended and I am watching the red stains fade from the stage. Spilt by countless tragic heroes and malignant villains, these remains tell the story of what has been. In 2014, so many arteries were opened during Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that the production got the reputation for leaving them fainting in the aisles. The sight of blood and the opening of the body has an intense affect on the viewer.
Of course making convincing blood is a lot harder than you might think. And to prove this the people at FilmmakerIQ.com have made ‘The Cinematic History of Fake Blood’, a video that gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to mixing up believable blood. It’s not for the faint of heart.