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God of Carnage vomit effect

Discussion in 'Special Effects' started by morganmac, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. morganmac

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    Hi all,

    I'm working on a production of God of Carnage, in which one of the actresses is supposed to vomit onstage. Per the script, it has to happen onstage, front and center and onto a coffee table, so there isn't any way to have the actress go offstage or hide it behind anything (believe me, I have suggested every way possible NOT to have to clean up fake barf every night). Wondering if anyone else has had to rig a similar effect, and if so, what you used for the actual liquid? Most of the information I've found online has been meant for film productions rather than live performance, so there are aspects of their methods that aren't practical for my application.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    I have done pretty convincing stage vomit with just water with pieces of sourdough bread in it. If it is set only a few minutes beforehand, the actor can pretty easily take mouthful and it will not be very unpleasant. I have had actors come in with the bread in thier mouths already, and then just drink a cup of water before spewing, and also slipping the bread into the cup before drinking it. It creates enough volume that it looks nice and chunky onstage, and cleans up easily. It's the splash (with chunks) that sells it, not the color or texture of the liquid.
     
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    My memory of the show is that this is supposed to be projectile vomiting with huge quantities of fluid. When I first saw it I think the actress had a tube ( probably concealed in the sofa ) held in her hand nect to her mouth, and a pump, or bladder ejected. Wonderful ( if slightly creepy ) effect.

    The actors spent 10 minutes mopping and cleaning as part of the show.
     
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    Look on YouTube. There is a plethora of God of Carnage vomit videos. I think Florida Rep did it the best.

     
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    That is very cool. I need to do this show now.
     
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    We did this show a few years ago (in my previous job). After much experimentation Props used a whoopie cushion (believe it or not!) which was hidden in the actress' costume, with a hose which was quite stiff but still bendable - think Bunsen burner hose - running up underneath the costume to her collar. The two were fastened together with a Jubilee clip. At the appropriate moment she would press down hard on the hidden whoopie cushion and voila! I am pretty sure we used vegetable soup (with chunks of veg in it, not smooth) for the vomit - fairly inoffensive and not too hard to clean up.
     
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    Thanks for all the great ideas! We're combining a few of them to suit our purposes. The director is hellbent on the actress wearing a form-fitting costume which would make hiding the barf bag underneath nearly impossible. So we're hiding it inside a couch pillow that she's been hugging when she starts to feel nauseous. We're using the whoopie cushion and tube (greatest idea ever). We did some barf experiments and the director liked the look of the bread/water mixture the best, which goes through the tubing just fine if we puree it a little. Best of all, it doesn't appear to stain or smell or leave sticky residue, which is great.

    It all appears to work in trial mode, anyway. We'll see how it works with actors in the mix. :) Thanks again!
     
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    Hello Morganmac! Good to see another local (that's I've actually worked with) on here!
     
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    Cream of Mushroom Soup.
     
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    Performed God of Carnage at the International Thespian Festival 2 years ago. While there are dozens of ways to create the vomit, what you really need is a delivery system. So here is what you need!

    1. Some type of couch pillow with a zipper on it.

    2. A normal water bottle, the kind you can buy at target in bulk.

    3. What ever substance your using for the vomit effect.

    First your going to open the pillow and make enough room for your bottle to fit. Fill the bottle with the "vomit" and zip the pillow to where cap of the bottle is flush with the pillow liner.

    Now you will need to change a bit of blocking for the effect to work. You want the character to hug the pillow before she pukes ( like one might when they don't feel well) during this time she's going to open the bottle with her mouth ( try leaving the cap half way unscrewed). She's then going to suck in the fake vomit and spit it out on the table.


    Also If you don't have a rug under the table; get one! clean up can be a pain for this effect!
     
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    I like the self contained approach. Hide the vomit in the pillow and squeeze on demand.
     
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    We just did that about 3 shows ago; I'll get you details.

    By me, the real trick is the actress not telegraphing it's coming; ours did an excellent job.
     

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