Part Two STRANGER THINGS Viral Vecna: From Concept Art To Nightmarish Reality In The (Prosthetic) Flesh (2022)

Barrie Gower is no stranger to the world of horror. Growing up as a monster kid and eventually learning how to be a make-up effects artist, Gower has worked on films like 28 Days Later, Last Night in Soho, The Green Knight, A Cure for Wellness, No Time to Die, Shaun of the Dead, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and so much more. On the television front, Gower and his company BGFX have contributed to the legendary series Game of Thrones, most notably designing the iconic Night King character.

BGFX has once again made waves in pop culture with their phenomenal work on the newest season of Stranger Things. This season’s big bad, Vecna, is all over TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter. The sleek, gruesome, terrifying creature's effectiveness is thanks to Barrie and his phenomenal effects team. In Part 2 of our conversation, Gower broke down the entire Vecna design process, touching on the team's first reaction to the concept art all the way to the daily multi-hour application process with Jamie Campbell Bower. In case you missed it, make sure to check out Part 1 of this interview here.

*This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things 4: Volume 1*

How much did the Duffer Brothers reveal to you about Vecna's origin? Did they withhold information from you?

The first contact we had with them, they said, 'We want this character to be fairly humanoid and human in shape, but he's obviously from the Upside Down in some shape or form.' And they were very clear that they wanted this character to be practical. They've got this history of fantastic creatures in Stranger Things. There's a lot of visual effects, there's a lot of CGI, but they were very keen to do this grounded '80s-inspired, practical character. So when we first got the concept art, we knew it was called Vecna. That's all we knew. And we were pretty much like everybody else after they'd seen the trailers for this season, we didn't really know his origin and backstory. But then, a few weeks after that, we started getting scripts about who this was. When we first saw the designs, we thought it was the character Billy.

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Did the design have to change once you learned about Jamie's casting and the origin story?

We had to make a few little changes and compromises to fit it over a human form. Because the original design is really similar. It's very sleek and beautifully stylized, but there are a few things once we had Jamie's body cast and his dimensions. So there are a few things we slightly pulled in and pulled out and changed here and there. Things like his left hand. They were saying, 'We think we're just going to completely augment his left hand, it's always going to be digital.' So he'd just have a green glove on. And we were like, 'Well, we could probably bring a practical version of this to the table.' And we built a glove with the finger extension, and then we had a foam latex sleeve over the top of that. There are a lot of shots where the hand has been replaced, because obviously, it penetrates skulls. But there are quite a few shots in the show where it's Jamie wearing our practical glove.

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What is he doing while you work on his makeup for all of these hours?

(Video) SFX TIKTOK MAKEUP EFFECTS (Do not see if you have a weak heart)

You know, the majority of makeups you do head, shoulders, and hands. So you have somebody reclined in a makeup chair, you'd start the process, and then you'd recline them at some point, and they just go to sleep for three or four hours while you are sticking the makeup on. With Jamie, it was full body, and there were four of us doing his makeup. It was like this orchestrated dance where we'd sit him down, prep his skin, get a bald cap on him, and he'd be seated while Duncan and I would start the process. And then we'd stand him up and stick another couple of bits on him. We had a massage table, and we'd lie him face down, glue his back on, flip him over, glue his chest on, stand him up, get his arms on, stand him up, get his legs on, sit him on a barstool, get him to put his arms up and down, and it got to a point where it was this well-oiled dance. Our makeup application time would usually consist of a lot of music, lots of heavy metal, and thrash metal. And Jamie would be getting into the zone, he'd be watching movies, documentaries, séances, all kinds of stuff we'd be watching. And it was just a really lovely little family.

What was more difficult to design, the Night King or Vecna?

I think both for different reasons. So we joined Game of Thrones in season four, and that was our first brief, to design the Night King. So we worked very closely with David [Benioff] and Dan [D.B. Weiss]. We obviously had the book descriptions from George R.R. Martin, and there was already a little bit of concept art and fan art that we looked at. But we worked closely with a concept designer here in the UK called Howard Swindell, who we worked with to design the Night King. It was actually quite a short design process that was really only over a few weeks, and we kind of nailed the design, sculpted the makeup and did a makeup test. The makeup test was super successful, with a few little nuances to change a couple of shades in the color. But that was the head, hands, and some arm pieces, so the coverage on the body wasn't anywhere near Vecna. So I think with Vecna, the design process was slightly easier because it was already established. [The Duffer Brothers] very clearly had an image in their mind of what they wanted. But I think the actual build, and the process of creating Vecna was far greater than the Night King because there were so many different stages.

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Nine times out of ten, if you're doing creature full body stuff, it's usually a suit. So it's a pullover, top, bottom, arms, legs, head, or whatever. But we made the decision quite early that this character was very slender, it was interacting an awful lot with the leads, it was gonna have dialogue. We wanted it to be super skin tight, so it was prosthetics or overlapping appliances rather than a rubber monster suit. Suppose about twenty-odd appliances that all overlapped each other, pre-glued to Jamie's skin with medical adhesive. So you start off with this whole body sculpture, and then you have to separate the sculpture up into lots of different pieces. And to do that, you need to do what's called floating sculpture.

We bought a children's paddling pool, and we put it into the workshop, and it took a day to fill. And then we submerged the Vecna body into the water and left it for two nights or something, and that water allows the clay to just kind of separate from the body. Then we just had this really long mold-making process, making all these molds headed by an amazing mold maker here called John Tooby, and he helped design them all. Then we have to run all the appliances and a few different materials in silicone and foam latex. Every day you film with a character like this, at the end of each shoot day, you're removing everything with mineral oil, and all the pieces get trashed, so you can't reuse anything, so we had duplicate sets. We made like twenty-six duplicate sets of appliances for Vecna. And because it takes so long to glue it all over his body, you have to have everything pre-artworked. So we had a painting team here who were pre-painting all these pieces, we had a full-size mannequin of Jamie's body, and we pre-glued a set of appliances to it. Our team here pre-artworked everything, so we had a master copy that we could use for the duplicate sets, it's really quite a laborious technical process.

Did you take any Vecna souvenirs home? Were you allowed?

We've got a complete set of appliances left over, which is a reference for [mysterious pause] whatever is to come. We've got his mechanical glove here. You know, I've got footage of my daughter at home wearing his glove, so we've got a few bits of memory.

What's something you wish more people understood about the makeup effects side of the industry?

People are unaware of the length of time it takes to get an actor into a makeup by veteran makeup artists. It's a super long process. And I think another thing that people are usually oblivious to is how long it takes to get somebody out of this at the end of the night as well because, I think a lot of people think it's like Mrs. Doubtfire; Pull it off, and that's it. It's done. This stuff is like medical adhesive, which if you try and rip off, you're going to take your skin with it as well. So it's a painstaking process at the end of the day, trying to remove all this stuff. When you've got a character like this that's covered from head to toe, you have to take into consideration that Jamie is gonna have to go to the loo at some point. We had to incorporate special bits and pieces into the makeup, so he had a special little midriff kind of contraption where we could unhook something from the back and kind of help him go to the loo. When you have a big science fiction show like Stranger Things, people often think that these sorts of characters are completely digital now. So it's been great seeing an awful lot of messages over the last couple of weeks with people saying, 'I didn't realize that was makeup,' it's very complimentary to think that our work might pass as digital effects. We had this reaction with The Green Knight as well, you know, quite often after that, people thought the Green Knight was CGI, rather than a guy in a makeup, which I was really surprised about. Then the director, David Lowery went online and said that it was practical effects.

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When Max rips off a piece of Vecna's neck, I assume that was digitally added?

We had a bit of a gag on the day where we pre-sliced one of Vecna's vines so it could be torn, but there was always going to be some kind of VFX or augmentation there. We had it so Sadie [Sink] could pull up and tear it like that, and it kind of broke, then we'd reset it. We did about three takes, I think. But it was always very much gonna be a VFX kind of break.

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Was your team also responsible for the grisly Vecna victims throughout the season?

We personally didn't. I think a lot of the bodies are done digitally, but there were some beautiful dummies made by this chap called Jason Hamer. I've seen some photos recently online of Jason and his team with really beautiful, stunning likeness dummies. There was quite a mix of teams who did practical effects on Stranger Things. Bill Corso and Andrew Clement were responsible for a couple of things. And I think AutonomousFX made some bits as well. Amy Forsythe has been the head of makeup and special makeup effects departments for the prior three seasons. We were really fortunate to be brought in to be responsible for this big character and for Robert's makeup as well. We did like a fat makeup on David Harbour as well to sort of fatten him up. It's a makeup effects dream, Stranger Things, it really is.

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Team Vecna
Prosthetic Makeup Designer :
Barrie Gower

Vecna Concept Art :
Michael Maher

Sculptors :
Duncan Jarman
Patt Foad

Mould Makers :
John Eldred-Tooby
Barry Best
Steve Byrne
Sierra Martin
Abi Harcourt-Smith

Silicone techs :
Mike Byrne
Ailsa Lawson
Harvey Smith

Art finishers / Painters :
Paula Eden
Amie Aspden
Joel Hall

Fabricators :
Becky Johnson
Paul Vincent

Mechanic (Vecna's finger extensions) :
Adam Keenan

Dentures :
Chris Lyons / Fangs FX

Contact lenses :
'Eyeworks for Film' and 'Eye Ink FX'

On-set application team
Department head :
Barrie Gower
Co-department head :
Duncan Jarman
Makeup effects artists :
Mike Mekash
Eric Garcia
Nix Herrera
Contact Lens Tech :
Nikia Mercandante

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  • stranger things
  • sfx
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  • evergreen

FAQs

Who dressed up as Vecna? ›

Vecna isn't as terrifying in the bathroom. Actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who played the complicated villain in “Stranger Things 4,” revealed that his terrifying Freddy Krueger-esque full-body prosthetics included a “flap” for him to use the restroom without getting out of costume.

Is Vecna a costume or CGI? ›

Stranger Things' Vecna Is Mostly Prosthetics & Makeup

The official Twitter account of Stranger Things shared a behind-the-scenes video showing the full transformation of Bower into Vecna (which made way for a meme, too), and the whole makeup and prosthetics process took around six hours.

Who wears the Vecna costume in Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things' dreaded villain Vecna aka Henry aka 001 is played by an exceptional Jamie Campbell Bower, who went through an 8-hour transformation to mould into character. If you keep up with the show, or even if you don't, you may have come across a photo of him casually sipping at a drink while in full costume.

What is Vecna Stranger Things? ›

Who is Vecna? The big bad of Stranger Things season 4 is a humanoid monster with black skin and movable vines that protrude from his entire body. While he lives in the Upside Down, Vecna can psychically reach into the human world, kind of like the Mind Flayer's connection with Will.

Is Vecna the Mind Flayer? ›

In so many words, yes, Vecna created the Mind Flayer. As we learn, though, the Mind Flayer is just a tool. When Vecna landed in the Upside Down and stumbled upon the Hive Mind he bent the particles to his will, effectively making himself the master of the Upside Down.

Is Vecna real in real life? ›

Vecna (/ˈvɛk. nɑː/ VEK-nah) is a fictional character appearing in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Is the Mind Flayer 001? ›

He explains how he's secretly been the one pulling the strings in Hawkins since at least season 2, but the mystery goes back further to season 1. Vecna is the Mind Flayer.

Is Will Byers in love with Mike? ›

In season four, a new aspect of Will emerged more fully; the teenager from Hawkins appeared to have a crush on his friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), and now Noah is confirming that Will is indeed gay and in love with Mike.

How much of Vecna is CGI? ›

Throughout the season's 13 hours, they estimate that there are only five shots where they used CGI instead. “I would say it's 95% practical,” Matt said of effects produced physically, without computer-generated imagery or other post-production techniques.

How many hours Vecna costume? ›

Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser. “Stranger Things” star Jamie Campbell Bower said getting into his Vecna costume took more than seven hours a day.

What has Jamie Campbell Bower been in? ›

Jamie Campbell Bower

Who cut off Vecna's hand? ›

The Hand of Vecna and the Eye of Vecna were the only remnants of the powerful lich Vecna, after he was betrayed and killed by his lieutenant Kas. The two appendages were left with a fragment of the lich's will and attempted to work his deeds wherever they went.

Is Vecna more powerful than the Mind Flayer? ›

The many-legged creature can manipulate people's minds and control them in its attempts to reach the human world. The Mind Flayer causes irreparable damage to Hawkins in the process, but Vecna is even deadlier than his predecessor.

Is Vecna the main villain? ›

Vecna is the main antagonist from the fourth season of Stranger Things. He is portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower as an adult and by Raphael Luce as a child. A fearsome sentient creature aligned with the Upside Down, Vecna had humble origins as the human Henry Creel.

Why is Vecna obsessed with clocks? ›

Vecna's obsession with time appears to be linked to his hatred of humanity. He views time as a human imposition on the natural world; an attempt to impose order on nature.

Is Henry the Mind Flayer? ›

Given his supernatural ability to connect and manipulate the minds of others, Henry/One approached a massive, swirling cloud-like mass and transformed it into the shape of a spider-like being. Henry/One created the Mind Flayer, an impossibly large cosmic beast resembling one of his childhood drawings.

How is the Mind Flayer connected to Vecna? ›

Vecna stumbles upon a swirling mass in the sky and then moulds it himself into the spidery shape of The Mind Flayer that we already know from Stranger Things seasons gone by. Basically, this twist reveals that Vecna himself has been pulling all the strings the whole time and moulded The Mind Flayer to his will.

What is Vecna real name? ›

Who plays young Vecna on Stranger Things? The orderly, aka Vecna, aka Henry Creel, is played by English actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who I'm thinking is going to be getting a lot of calls to play villains after this.

Is Vecna demonic? ›

Just like the Demogorgons and the Mind-Flayer before him, Vecna is one of the demons that players come up against during the game.

Did 11 create the upside down? ›

Eleven may not have created the Upside Down, but she did direct its fire. Stranger Things 4 left fans with some enormous revelations. The monstrous Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) is eventually revealed to be One, a person with the same potential for untold supernatural abilities as Eleven.

Does Will get a girlfriend in Stranger Things 4? ›

He's one of the only characters on the show to never have a love interest and, unlike his best friends Mike, Dustin and Lucas, Will has never had a girlfriend.

Who made the Mind Flayer? ›

Vecna, back when he was known as One, was actually the one who created the Mind Flayer. After being overpowered by Eleven and pushed into the Upside Down, One found himself alone and lost in the strange parallel dimension.

Does El get her powers back? ›

In a deeply buried memory, El discovers that she was the one who sent Vecna to the other dimension after an epic battle between the two. That knowledge sparks her powers back up.

Is Will in love with El? ›

Will is gay and in love with Mike, who is straight and in love with El. Unfortunately, it seems that Stranger Things is going to let Will's feelings stew in the shadows until the bitter end. (Or at the earliest, when the Stranger Things Season 4 finale comes out on July 1.)

Will Byers and eleven siblings? ›

After Eleven was bitten and injured by the Mind Flayer, Will helped to treat and help her. He helped save Eleven from the Mind Flayer by throwing fireworks at the creature. After the apparent death of Hopper, Eleven moved in with the Byers, and became Will's stepsister.

Is Will in love with Mike stranger things 4? ›

Noah Schnapp Confirms Will Is in Love With Mike in 'Stranger Things'

How long does Vecna makeup take? ›

Jamie revealed that he'd start most of his filming days at 3am in order for the prosthetics to be applied. The full Vecna transformation then took the team around seven and a half hours to do each day. He'd film for 10 to 12 hours, and then spend an hour removing the whole thing once he'd wrapped.

How tall is Vecna? ›

How tall is Jamie Campbell Bower? According to Celebheights, Jamie Campbell Bower stands at 6 feet tall. He is three inches over the average height for a male in the U.S., which is 5 feet 9 inches. While watching Jamie in Stranger Things, it's clearly visible that he's in the 6-foot range.

How old is Jamie Campbell? ›

Will There Be a Stranger Things 5? ›

In an open letter to Stranger Things fans via The Hollywood Reporter, the creators behind the series, Matt and Ross Duffer, revealed that Season Five would be its last.

How old is Millie Bobby Brown? ›

Who dies in Stranger Things Season 4? ›

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things season 4. The fourth season of Stranger Things featured the deaths of beloved (and not so beloved) characters, including Hellfire Club president and metalhead Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) and Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine).

Is 1 Vecna Stranger Things? ›

In Stranger Things season 4, Vecna is the one who explains his time in the Upside Down to Eleven.

Who is Ruby quilter? ›

Ruby Quilter is a professional tattoo artist with many years of experience. She is popularly known as the actor Jaime Campbell's girlfriend. Since 2018, Bower has been dating tattoo artist Ruby Quilter. Quilter has nearly eight years of tattooing experience.

Who played number 1 in Stranger Things? ›

Who Plays 001 on Stranger Things? Dr. Martin Brenner, played by actor Matthew Modine, conducted experiments on a number of children at Hawkins Lab.

Will Arkhan be in Vox Machina? ›

Arkhan joined Vox Machina and assisted them in the final slaying of Delilah Briarwood and her undead dragon before singlehandedly holding off the death knight with his two zombie minions so that Vox Machina could get the jump on Vecna.

How powerful is the hand of Vecna? ›

Strength becomes 20, unless it is already 20 or higher. Melee spell and weapon attacks with the Hand deal extra 2d8 cold damage on a hit.

Who is the main villain in Stranger Things? ›

Demogorgon - Season One/Three/Four

Demogorgons are not just one of the scariest Stranger Things villains, but they're also one of the most original, terrifying creatures ever to be seen on TV screens. They did kill Barb, though, so fans won't be happy until they're all dead.

Is Vecna the strongest Stranger Things? ›

While Vecna from Stranger Things boasts impressive proficiency in mind control and psionic magic that makes him at a potentially world-ending threat, Vecna from Dungeons & Dragons literally ascended to godhood, cementing his place as one the most powerful magic users in existence - a multiversal threat.

Who is the leader of the upside down? ›

The Upside Down Hierarchy | Fandom. Vecna is the primary leader of The Upside Down Hive Mind. The Mind Flayer seemed to have been connected to this Hive Mind and was possibly the leader of the Hive Mind before Vecna came and connected to himself making The Mind Flayer's Hive Mind into Vecna's Hive Mind.

Who is the new monster in Stranger Things 4? ›

Vecna, the new demo-creature, is revealed in the latest 'Stranger Things' season 4 trailer. To understand Vecna, you must understand the Creel House and what happened decades earlier in the 1950s with a man named Victor Creel.

Is the Mind Flayer controlling Vecna? ›

Yes, Vecna does control the Mind Flayer and every creature we've seen emerge from the Upside Down for good measure. This is because the particles that Vecna manipulated to become the Mind Flayer form a huge hive mind.

HOW DID number 1 get his powers? ›

Henry Creel/Number 1's Powers Explained

Dr. Brenner's children were granted powers by treating their mothers with psychedelic drugs during pregnancy. Henry Creel appears to be different, however; there's no evidence his mother ever experimented with LSD. Rather, his powers seem to be natural, developing around puberty.

How was Vecna made in Stranger Things? ›

Unlike previous villains the Demogorgon and The Mind Flayer, Vecna is a human creation. In fact, the demonic being who would come to be given the name of a D&D necromancer was once a human himself: a little psychic psycho Henry Creel a.k.a. Number One a.k.a. “The Orderly,” as played by Jamie Campbell Bower.

How long did Vecna's makeup take? ›

Jamie revealed that he'd start most of his filming days at 3am in order for the prosthetics to be applied. The full Vecna transformation then took the team around seven and a half hours to do each day. He'd film for 10 to 12 hours, and then spend an hour removing the whole thing once he'd wrapped.

Did eleven create the upside down? ›

Eleven may not have created the Upside Down, but she did direct its fire. Stranger Things 4 left fans with some enormous revelations. The monstrous Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) is eventually revealed to be One, a person with the same potential for untold supernatural abilities as Eleven.

How is Vecna created? ›

In a fit of rage, Henry used his restored powers to brutally murder the other test subjects, and attempted to do the same to Eleven. However, Eleven stood her ground and ultimately overpowered him, sending him through a gate to the Upside Down; there, he gradually transformed into the being known as Vecna.

Is Vecna more powerful than the Mind Flayer? ›

The many-legged creature can manipulate people's minds and control them in its attempts to reach the human world. The Mind Flayer causes irreparable damage to Hawkins in the process, but Vecna is even deadlier than his predecessor.

Is Vecna the main villain in Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things season 4 revealed Vecna has been the true villain all along - and there have been clues to his existence in the first three seasons. Stranger Things has become a pop culture sensation, and it's easy to forget the show was originally proposed as a limited series.

Who cut off Vecna's hand? ›

The Hand of Vecna and the Eye of Vecna were the only remnants of the powerful lich Vecna, after he was betrayed and killed by his lieutenant Kas. The two appendages were left with a fragment of the lich's will and attempted to work his deeds wherever they went.

How old is Jamie Campbell? ›

How tall is Vecna? ›

How tall is Jamie Campbell Bower? According to Celebheights, Jamie Campbell Bower stands at 6 feet tall. He is three inches over the average height for a male in the U.S., which is 5 feet 9 inches. While watching Jamie in Stranger Things, it's clearly visible that he's in the 6-foot range.

Will There Be a Stranger Things 5? ›

In an open letter to Stranger Things fans via The Hollywood Reporter, the creators behind the series, Matt and Ross Duffer, revealed that Season Five would be its last.

Does will get a girlfriend in Stranger Things 4? ›

He's one of the only characters on the show to never have a love interest and, unlike his best friends Mike, Dustin and Lucas, Will has never had a girlfriend.

Is Henry the Mind Flayer? ›

Given his supernatural ability to connect and manipulate the minds of others, Henry/One approached a massive, swirling cloud-like mass and transformed it into the shape of a spider-like being. Henry/One created the Mind Flayer, an impossibly large cosmic beast resembling one of his childhood drawings.

Is 11 a Demogorgon? ›

The Demogorgon received its nickname from Eleven using the Demogorgon game piece from a Dungeons & Dragons set to show that Will was hiding from the creature in her vision of The Upside Down. In D&D lore, Demogorgon is a demon prince with two heads that strive to dominate one another but are unable to do so.

Why is Vecna obsessed with clocks? ›

Vecna's obsession with time appears to be linked to his hatred of humanity. He views time as a human imposition on the natural world; an attempt to impose order on nature.

Why did 001 become Vecna? ›

Henry Creel = Brenner's Assistant = 001 = Vecna

Then Eleven—who in this future moment discovers that she in fact does not have the blood of her siblings on her hands—defeats Henry Creel, sending him to the Upside Down where he gets blasted by lightening and burnt to a crisp and, thus, becomes Vecna.

Who is the main villain in Stranger Things? ›

Demogorgon - Season One/Three/Four

Demogorgons are not just one of the scariest Stranger Things villains, but they're also one of the most original, terrifying creatures ever to be seen on TV screens. They did kill Barb, though, so fans won't be happy until they're all dead.

[Interview] “Stranger Things” Special Makeup Effects Designer Barrie Gower on Bringing Villain Vecna to Life. The end of “Stranger Things 4: Volume I” reveals that Vecna is humanoid because he was once human.. On Vecna’s makeup application…. At the end of the first volume, you’ll see a transition from Jamie turning into his Vecna form.. Season 4 Villain Season four of Stranger Things saw its scariest villain yet: Vecna.. 1 of Stranger Things Season 4.. One and Vecna could hardly look more different, so prosthetics makeup artist Barrie Gower broke down how the team transformed Bower’s One into Vecna.. That meant a lot of time for the prosthetics makeup team and Jamie Campbell Bower, as Barrie Gower continued to explain:. I think it started off at about an eight and a half hour process with a team of four of us gluing him into this makeup.. So, what started the prosthetics process of transforming Jamie Campbell Bower into Vecna?. We were really lucky because going from show to show, different franchises, sometimes we join at the very get-go and we're able to design the character from the ground up, do a lot of concept art, be part of the design process.. The series’ makeup artist Barrie Gower took to his Instagram to give fans three different looks at the villain.. I think, with the effects, the [Duffer Brothers] were quite keen to do something practical as well and not necessarily rely on CGI and effects with this character," Barrie told us.

Soon, the battle for Hawkins (and the world) will resume when Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 returns on July 1.. Warning: Following the Critical Role section, the Stranger Things section will contain spoilers for Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.. Vecna was first introduced in the Greyhawk Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting and is often considered one of the greatest villains of the tabletop game’s world.. Initially, his only presence was in the Hand and Eye of Vecna, two remnant artifacts of his corporeal form.. Despite being overthrown, Vecna’s power is nigh untouchable by even the boldest adventuring parties.. The players in Critical Role‘s campaign The Legend of Vox Machina fought Vecna as their ultimate foe.. Actor Joe Manganiello’s character Arkhan the Cruel also joined the campaign for the episodes “The Final Ascent” and “Vecna, the Ascended.” A vicious draconic warrior in service of the Scaled Tyrant dragon empress, he assisted Vox Machina in fending off Vecna’s cultists and eventually performed several key attacks in the final battle that allowed the party to defeat the deity for good.. At the battle’s conclusion, he grafted the Hand of Vecna, the dangerous relic of the former arch-lich’s body, onto his own wrist.. The character of Arkhan then later appeared in the official Wizards of the Coast game guide for Dungeons and Dragons: Descent into Avernus — still in possession of the Hand of Vecna, making the events of the campaign somewhat canonical in the world.. Vecna (Jaime Campbell Bower), now also formerly known as Henry Creel, has long been a source of terror in Hawkins.. Now I just want you to watch.” These chilling words from Vecna haunt the trailer for volume 2 of Stranger Things season 4.

Stranger Things Season 4 Vecna Freddy Krueger Similarities Explained by Actor The actor behind Vecna, the new villain in StrangerThings, talks those FreddyKrueger comparisons: 'Not too much Freddy, because the way Robert played Freddy, there was a chaotic energy.. How Jamie Campbell Bower Transformed Into His Manipulative ‘Stranger Things’ Role — and Became ‘Terrified’ of Vecna Millie Bobby Brown burst into tears the first time she saw Vecna while filming StrangerThings4.. Barrie Gower .Stranger Things season 4 Vecna actor Jamie Campbell Bower explains the similarities between his character and Freddy Krueger.Jamie Campbell Bower is a bit of a method actor — whether he refers to himself that way or not.franzro Low-code and no-code (LC/NC) tool makers are facing an uphill battle trying to convince people, especially professional developers, to use or even just try their tools and platforms.. Related: Old Stranger Things Characters Who Return In Season 4 In a new interview with EW, Bower addresses the similarities between his sinister villain and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger.” As a huge fan of “Stranger Things” and creators Matt and Ross Duffer, he immediately recorded his audition on tape.. The BGFX team, which consisted of about 15 to 20 people, started the process of designing Vecna by molding a full body cast of Bower, and then sculpting Vecna’s prosthetics with modeling clay.. Although the process for creating Vecna was similar to the Night King, Vecna’s prosthetics were far more extensive: the Night King was mostly head, shoulders and hand makeup, while the team had to create an entire human-sized body for Vecna.'

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