This (Pretty Disturbing) SFX Tutorial Shows You How to Make a Fake Baby Prop

If someone says to you, "Let's make a baby," you're either listening to a Billy Paul record or working in a special effects studio.

In probably the most unsettling filmmaking tutorial you'll see this week, Erik Beck of Indy Mogul takes you step by step through the process of—wait for it—making a baby. Not a real baby (we're not that kind of site), but a fake prop baby that you can use for whatever it is that fake prop babies are used for in movies, like loving, caring for, and nurturing them until they're ready to go to fake prop teenager college.

Anyway—SFX artists, this one's for you. Check out the tutorial below:

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I imagine this kind of project would appeal to those who are already working in a special effects studio somewhere, who already have a lot of these tools on-hand (though I've worked with several fantastic SFX artists who go guerrilla and make this kind of stuff on the hood of their cars). But if you're a bit of an amateur looking to expand your skill set—maybe I want to ask you why you chose a silicone baby prop tutorial to do that, but maybe I also want to give you the list of materials you're going to need—ya weirdo.

All of the links to these things are in the video description:

  • A baby doll
  • Silicone Rubber
  • Foamcore
  • Silicone Pigments
  • Mold Release
  • Red Flocking
  • Red Paracord
  • Liquid Latex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Acrylic Paint

So there you have it: everything you'll need to know about making a fake baby prop. I would include a number to a good psychiatrist, but I don't know any. (There can't be zero adverse effects to dismembering a baby, right? Even if it is fake.)

Anyway—solid ending to what might be the weirdest post ever written on this site.     

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