Hollywood is known for imagery that transports the television or movie audience into the middle of a battlefield in all of its gory splendor. Those same special effects, however, are used to provide an element of realism to the training of Soldiers and medics.

In the military, this technique is called moulage – a French word that means “to fabricate.”

Alyssa Morgan, moulage captain, is the special effects wizard for the Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, which will be ongoing through June 24. She owns a special effects company in Los Angeles with several music videos and television episodes on its resume and has performed moulage for the military since 2008.

“It is more rewarding than TV,” she said. “We get to help people with training. What I do has become a crucial piece of training for medics.”