October 11, 2010
Behind the Scenes : Halloween Special 2010
Posted by Hosanna Houser
Hopefully everyone was able to check out the Halloween Special that aired on Hallmark last night. If you didn't, check your local listings to find out when it re-airs.
Today I am sharing photos I took while taping the segments with Brendan Fraser. An amazing set was built in one of Martha's buildings on her Bedford property. A small art team lead by Aaron Caramanis created the fantastic set that had all kinds of surprising details. An area in a barn was completely transformed into a World of Curiosities that included unexpected movements that were brought to life by the amazing puppetry of Basil Twist and his team. It was a busy day of shooting, but I hope the images help give a sense of the activity and hard work that went into creating the Halloween Special. Martha also has some great photos over on her blog as well. Enjoy!
1 All eyes were on the details...This cubby is...
2 ...just one cubby of this cabinet. This cabinet was just part of...
3 ...this larger set...
4 ...which was built in the tool barn on Martha's property.
5 This is how it looked behind the set.
6 For all those details, many bins of stuff had to be brought to the location.
7 Glass domes await to be put to use.
8 Tables of fun things...
9 ...await placement.
10 Bones are always useful.
11 Especially when the bones are decorating frames.
12 Just in case people forget.
13 These framed collections were super easy to make.
14 Bone table from the October issue of Living.
15 Real plants add to the décor.
16 The collection frames have a great impact.
17 Vintage animal anatomy charts, beakers filled with mystery fluids, and Martha Stewart Craft items create a spooky lab.
18 It's anybody's guess what might be brewing in the sink.
19 Maryanne and Adam stand in while cameras and lighting set up for the first demo.
20 Monitors help everyone know what the cameras are seeing.
22 Behind set, sat some folks....
23 and above there were some more...
24 ...that did magical things, like make these snakes move.
25 Basil Twist led this team of puppeteers in bringing elements of life to the set.
26 All these creepy mask were set up to twist and move during the taping.
27 Reminders to everyone to be careful.
28 Francesca even showed up and became a prop.
29 Brendan Fraser was so excited about the set, he had his son come and visit.
30 Even when told not too, people still touch everything.
31 Off the set, props and supplies mix in easily with the tools that always live in the barn.
32 Some behind the scenes action...
36 Brendan really was such a great guest to let us wrap him up...
37 ...to then be strapped down to a board over a fire...
38 ...so that Martha could roast him.
39 And this creepy dish is what Martha made with Brendan's head once he was fully cooked.
40 Ok, I kid...it's a "brain" made from shrimp and aspic.
41 Brendan does some rehearsing...
42 ...to make sure he matches up with his skeletal reflection in the full size two-way mirror.
43 Behind the mirror and the end to the behind the scenes from the Halloween Special 2010
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