How to Shoot a Low-Budget Horror Film

How to Shoot a Low-Budget Horror Film

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Warning! – Are you filming this? It started so innocently. I just wanted some do-it-yourself filmmaking
tips from my Buddy Erik Beck, how could I know my love for movie science would lead
to my blood-soaked demise? This time I’m going to show you how to create
a throwing knife effect. Oh. That should have been my first clue. It’s a really simple prop. And this is super cheap and super easy. Okay. Erik Beck is like a Midas of the DIY effects
world. On the website Indymogul he teaches people
how to turn random junk into cinematic gold. Most of the supplies cost a couple of bucks,
but there are a few indispensables you should have before starting any Indymogul project. A hot glue gun and paint. And for a horror movie, Pola’s famous homemade
blood from earlier in the show. It’s basically you need to get two matching
toy knives. All right. I actually already pre-prepped one of these,
but I can give you a quick breakdown of how I built it. Okay. One of these fake blades is for the bad guy. The other one, which Erik already prepped,
is going to be rigged up to me. And the cool thing about these toy knives,
which is why I got them, is they’re actually hollow inside and it makes it really easy
to stick this piece in. I have some cardboard here, but what I, what’s
better is like a little, like a think piece of cardstock. If you’re using cardboard, attach the knife
with hot glue, which big plus, looks gruesome and coagulated. It’ll melt smooth and you kind of go through,
dab it and just make it look extra gross. If you want to upgrade, use sturdier cardstock
like Erik’s pre-made rig. Drill a couple of holes in it and attach to
the L-bracket with nuts and bolts before hot gluing. And then obviously you go over it with some
paint. Yep, a little bit of red paint. Next up, the star of any gore fest, the blood. For the blood system, this is going to be
also super simple. This is a five-ounce syringe. You can get these online at like a medical
supply store or something like that. It’s not a ton of blood, but if you like
pulse it and just. Yeah that’s what we want. Exactly. This will, you know, stick on right here when
you’re ready to go, but you have to make sure you get the right tube to fit your syringe, obviously. Just the right spurt factor, Erik plugged
up the exit hole with glue and sliced through the side of the tube with an X-Acto. You can just sort of you can just pump it. Oh, that sprays out really nice. Yeah, it gets a little more like natural. It looks like it’s coming out in like three
or four streams. Exactly. You know, it stretches out. It’ll be like this. Okay, so yeah, there’s plenty. And then you’ll be off-camera pushing the
syringe. Yup. The last step is to just hot glue this onto
the knife rig. A little more. Don’t be shy. More? That’s good? It’s pretty much done. This has just got to dry for a little bit. You got to hold that for a while? Yeah, someone’s got to hold it. Okay I’ll, I’ll let you hold that. I’m going to go get into character. Actors. Lights, camera, onscreen warning. – – – First up, we shoot the part before I get popped
with the cleaver. Not to name-drop, but we’ve got some serious
A-list professionals here. White medical tape. Secure the knife with some tape. Put on a second shirt to hide the rigging,
and we’re just about ready. Now, for the camera trick. We’re going to shoot the cleaver in the
killer’s hand and use a camera trick called a whip pan. See how it whipped away? It looks like he threw it, but it’s still
in his hand. Cut to a different set-up, we whip pan to
me with the cleaver rig already hooked up. When you edit it together it looks seamless
as you are about to find out. Don’t worry, April. I’ll protect you. No, Rodney. The cleaver killer’s still out there. It’s okay. I’m going to come back. And when I do, I’m finally going to marry
you. Huh? Rodney! Why? And cut. Okay, yeah, cool effect, man. Yeah, cool. I’m glad you liked it. Oh, thanks a lot for helping today. Yeah You know what? I’m going to head out. I got some videotapes All right. I got to work on.

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