So you wanna make an indie film....
If you want to fabricate props on a limited budget, you should take inspiration from a "Drive-In Horrorshow" character called the Dumpster Diver: you must get dirty.
First, the filmmakers tell me what kind of prop they need, and I draw several rough sketches, throwing in some ideas of my own.
When the filmmakers agree upon a design, I figure out how to build the prop with as low a cost as possible.
So how do I find or make low cost props? A lot of ways - you need
to be creative:
I collect all sorts of items - anything that I think I might need for some future prop. My landlord isn't too happy with collection of stuff in his cellar (it looks like inside of Jawa Sandcrawler) but the variety of items has come in very handy.
So heat up your glue gun, clean off your paint brushes, and get working.
Remember, props have to look good on screen - not in real life. I created an ancient book for "Veil of Blood" that illustrates this premise (I directed "Veil of Blood", and DIHS director Michael Neel edited it). I started with a thick book, modified the cover with glue and paint., and dyed the edges of the pages to make them look old. On the inside, we only needed to see a few pages, so a handful of fake pages were made.
There was no need to make hundreds, since they would never be in the film. In real life, the book looks somewhat fake, but on camera it looks real. Movie magic at work.
I also created a magic amulet for "Veil of Blood". I used styrofoam, paint, and sculpting tools to create something that looked heavy and ancient. Again, in real life it doesn't look quite right (it is too light, for one thing), but on camera it works.
I usaully keep an open mind when creating these props, and have a lot fun with it too. With some creativity and free thinking, so can you.
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"A well made anthology of short films."
"Highly recommended for those who want to confront the monsters under the bed of their childhood. And as always find them scary."
"The general tone of this film struck me, because I've seen real passion for the genre."
"This is a high recommend from me, very entertaining and obviously done by filmmakers who love the genre. Long live the horror anthology!"
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"I can't stop singing its praises."
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"With a solid lineup of 5 stories that range from the serious to seriously goofy, Drive-In Horrorshow is the perfect film for a Friday night. Or any night for that matter."
"A tasty little anthology in the vein of Creepshow or Trick 'r
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"A cut above the rest and slice of incredible independent filmmaking."
"One of the most entertaining horror anthologies I have seen in
"The horror world is a fickle beast but Drive-In Horror Show manages to walk the lines of the subgenres without missing a beat. It's appeal reaches to horror fans of all types."
"Celebrates the long-lost beauty of the drive-in theater and all
its bloody glory."
"A slick five tale anthology film that was independently made
and a reminder of cool shit we used to see on late night TV when we
"A good throw back to the late night creature feature."
"Top notch effects that invoke fear and comedy at the same time.
I really really like this movie."
"The horror! But that's what he seeks."
"What motivated you and Michael Neel to make the transition from
candid interviews and political documentaries to ghoulish gore horror?"
"Wowzers! That really sounds like some good shit!"
*The Meat Man
*Pix From Fango
*Before You Start
*Choosing a DP
*Props and Art Direction
*Before you shoot
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