Bird Box, the post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Susanne Bier which stars Sandra Bullock, continues to dominate Netflix with it’s never-ending online streams.
Many have speculated what those ‘monsters’ looked like as the bushes rushed ominously in the never-ending mystery. Now though, sculptor and special effects makeup designer Andy Bergholtz shed some light on the original plans. “We had the unique pleasure of designing a creepy makeup for the film, although the scene ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor,” he explained. “Keep in mind, the fatal “vision” that each character saw would most likely be different for each person (you’ll understand if you’ve seen the film).
“I sculpted at least three or four variations on the design before it was approved, which began as a more aggressive, monstery look and was revised to be a bit more subtle in the end. I also had the pleasure of painting the finished prosthetics before sending them to set, to be worn and performed by the one and only Dirk Rogers.
“Many folks have speculated what the creature may have looked like, but they fail to realize the “snake-like green man” portion was simply Dirk in a spandex green-screen suit. Everything from the neck down was intended to be a giant CGI creature/body added later.
“In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one. Still a fun project to be a part of, thanks Howie!”
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