Erik Tait, producer and on camera talent for PenguinMagic.com, was hired as a sleight of hand consultant to teach Nathan Fillion some moves in order to add some realism to explore Captain Hellman's relationship with the game Ta'll Maruke in Season 3 Episode 2. Tait was kept on and brought on as a Special Effects Technician in Episode 4 of the same season. Erik continued on as a special effects technician working largely with practical effects being installed into the interior sets, and working to train hundreds of extras in the use of the English Transfer to facilitate reloading weapons in battle scenes to maintain continuity with the novels. In Season 6 Tait was elevated to Special Effects Supervisor before ultimately leaving the show to pursue other work outside of television.
Notable Practical Effects
The Death of Bosley
Tait was apart of the effects team that allowed Bosley's death to happen on screen in a way that allowed Catie Osborn to truly experience the vanish of her long time on screen compatriot. A large metal frame was fabricated and painted with Culture Hustle's BLACK 2.0 paint to prevent light from reflecting off of it. The frame was then fited with a matte black spandex sheet that was pre-stretched, but fitted loosely to the frame. When Bosley fell the actor hit the spandex sheet and appeared to fall into nothingness because the spandex was able to collapse around the actor. The actor fell through an elastic hoop that compressed around the actor sealing them in to the spandex and preventing bounce back. This effect was not relayed to Osborn prior to the shoot, who showed genuine confusion and horror seeing her castmate literally disappear on the set in front of her.
The Cog Hogs