So i have officially chosen the effect I wanted to imitate, the decapitation from Kill Bill Vol. 1.
I have emailed Christopher Nelson the practical effects artist that was supervising the House of Blue Leaves massacre scene with this:
My name is Daniel Abend, I'm study Animation and Visual Effects at Charles Sturt University in Australia. I'm currently nearing the end of my second year.
I am a huge fan of your work and I was hoping if you would be able to outline the process and creation of the decapitation in Kill Bill Vol. 1, where one of the Crazy 88 men is decapitated in the House of Blue Leaves. I found some behind the scenes images but have been unable to find exactly how you were able to achieve the look. http://cdn.miramax.com/media/assets/KB-WM-11.jpg
I was hoping to imitate this practical effect for an assessment but was also very excited to be able to create something real that I could be proud to put into my showreel.
Thank you for taking time to read this,
My website: http://danielabend.weebly.com/
I also found this website that had an interview with Christopher: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/70460
I also visited his website: http://www.cnelsonartist.com/make-up-and-fx.html where he has some other behind the scenes photos of the shot that can help if he is unable to reply.
Started looking into the samurai blood mix which was used in the shot: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,349193,00.html#ixzz2hkZq68zX