Production for season 2 of the DC Universe series Titans has shut down following the accidental death of a crew member at a special effects facility.
Special Effects Coordinator Warren Appleby was killed Thursday “after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” according to a statement released by the show’s executive producers, Warner Bros Television Group and the DC Universe streaming service.
Appleby was also the special effects coordinator for Guillermo del Toro’s 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water as well as special effects supervisor on New Line Cinema’s It and special effects coordinator on the upcoming It: Chapter 2. His career in the industry spanned more than 25 years, in which he worked with del Toro again on the FX series The Strain. His work earned him a VES Award nomination in 2016 in the category of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” the statement from Warner Bros read. “Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures. The executive producers, along with everyone in the Titans family, Warner Bros. Television Group, and DC Universe, wish to express our deepest condolences and heartfelt love and support to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”
In addition to a long, respected career in special effects, Appleby was a father and family man, and the outpouring of sorrow from those who knew and worked with him has been intense.
“He always gave you his 100% percent,” del Toro told Deadline. “He was very near and very dear and an integral part of our core team. He will always be beloved and admired.”
Overwhelming loss and grief for the tragic passing of Warren Appleby today. Father, husband, son, brother, friend, IATSE873 board member, ACME FX partner – a vital member of the Toronto film industry, he will be sorely missed.
— Alex Kavanagh (@CostumeAlex) July 18, 2019
ACTRA Toronto shares in the overwhelming loss and grief for the tragic passing of FX Coordinator Warren Appleby. An IATSE 873 board member, ACME FX partner and true friend to ACTRA members, his contributions to the Toronto film industry will not be forgotten.
— ACTRA Toronto (@ACTRAToronto) July 19, 2019
Titans premiered October 12 on Warner Bros’ streaming platform. The live-action drama series stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly, and Alan Ritchson.
A GoFundMe Memorial page has been set up for Appleby’s widow and children. At the time of this writing it had already raised more than $26,000.