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In this tutorial I show you how I make my fake plastic toy and airsoft guns look more realistic so I can use them in films. This technique is called weathering. Which makes it look like your guns bluing or protective gun paint got scratched off and is showing the bare metal underneath.
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Not really though. The better weathering for any US Military guns is adding the desert paint wear. So basically you paint the entire gun with desert colors (combination of colors like tan, khaki, cb, and also a bit of white) then while it's half-dried, you wipe them off with paint remover.
For AKs, you probably want a heavy-weathered metal parts and give the wood furnitures a dark accents to it.
the red isn't on the budget because it's a previously owned asset. The guns, because they were bought, especially for the film are on the film's budget. Think, why would you budget for things you already own?
ok so you referenced the police force using firearms that dont look worn... The props you are using are used in a completely different situation, in the military after a while your gun will start to take on a worn look even if u clean it properly, a slightly worn look is more realistic than a brand new looking rifle.
Chikken even then
They aren't that worn
My dad's friend of mine had a picture of him after a battle in Afghan and it was no where near as worn of as the ones in films
Even when he came back
It looked like barely anything happened
2:45 Big mistake! The receiver of the H&K MP7 is constructed of polymer. The faux metal finish makes it look totally fake. Same with all the pistol grips.
If you want to make toy/airsoft guns look real then you need to know a bit about their real 'steel' counterparts. You also need to study genuine wear patterns, the internet is full of reference photos.
The fake wear that you've done on that M4, for example, doesn't convince because it does follow natural wear patterns.
Research costs nothing, so it's still low budget. Not researching for film work is pure laziness.
P.S. it's not true that airsoft guns are lighter than their rs counterparts. Many, due to the gearbox, motor and heavy pot metals used for barrels, rails etc., are actually heavier.
If your good at art's and crafts, you can actually construct paper guns out of paper and hot glue. I've made plenty of them. They may not look the best, but if in a pinch like Australia, its your best chance.
Ha1 Great idea! Well done.
But I can not find any videos on how real blank firing full auto guns work. Are they real registered machine guns? If so they are worth up to 30, 000 dollars EACH!
A war movie could have MILLIONS of dollars of prop guns in a single battle scene.
I disagree that the silver paint makes the airsoft guns look more realistic because it indicates the bluing wearing off. Many airsoft guns look incredible like originals including using the same wood stocks as active weapons. What adding silver paint to the high points of the weapon does is it gives dimension to an otherwise flat black object on camera.
This is actually really good, thanks for sharing :)
If you or anybody could watch my video and give me feedback that would be great. I am planning to re-film it soon.
Man, that looks really awesome! I love what you did to the corner of the mag well/lower receiver on the M4 toy. It's super realistic looking!
I also really appreciated your explanation of the subtle difference between guns in real life and in movies. It makes a lot of sense that movie guns get wear because they're rented....
You probably know weathering is sometimes done on purpose, too, since that's what you're doing here, but I figured I'd add that. I love all the videos with Adam Savage on Tested (on YouTube), and it was cool to see how your perspectives differ on why you're weathering props (and specifically why you weather props for movies, since he does a lot of props for himself now, whereas his time at ILM is in the past, so there are subtle differences between those two mindsets as well).
The silver paint idea is fine.
Please keep working on your production values.
My feeling is that many of the shots were not close enough to the subject.
With exceptions, I dislike most handheld camerawork.
For me, the side to side motion ruins it, most of the time.
Yes, handheld saves time/money, but can easily ruin a film's atmosphere.
hi Tom , i been watching your videos i have learned a lot from u so big thanks to u such an artist , so my main work is 3d & composing with 10 years exprianes , i do the same work , so if u needed any thing just let me know :
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Seems like a good idea would be to drill a hole in the top of the gun and fill it with sand. Then your actors will carry it like its made out of steel instead of plastic.
The flimsy, ease of carry is what makes it look unrealistic to me.
hi Tom, great vids and tutorial btw. Just wanted to find out how you will shoot a slap or a punch scene as well as someone getting his head smacked unto the dashboard of a car repeatedly without it looking unrealistic,
Thanks a million
Most places they're not allowed in public. In California a kid got shot and killed for walking around with a toy gun. In the end if you're using something that looks like a real gun you have to have the local police notified and if they don't allow it then don't use it in the area you plan. That's why most of my "action" films are either in rural forest areas or indoors where it's out of sight of police and general public.
also - the silver "patina" you apply on the guns is not supposed to show on the handles, as they are plastic and not metal. you put some on the front of the M-16 but it's wrong. other than that - it's perfect, just like the guns i handled in the past :-)
excellent tip. BTW you say most guns are treated better and look nicer - maybe private owned ones are, but military /police don't have time to pamper their guns, they make sure they work and are not catching rust, that's all. in my (military) experience - they do not care if the bluing is worn off on aluminium parts, and also their weapons are somewhat self-customized, so you can see they didn't get their gun 5 minutes ago. most tweaking is made on the sling, where they are allowed the most freedom to custom things.
+kengawne Hmm that makes sense... The problem is I have been trying to find the guns I want (I have very specific taste, and wants for this movie) and none of the good replica makers will ship to the UK because of constrictions... Do you know where to get good plastic ones?
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