August 1, 2015 at 4:16PM

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Film Tips – How To Get Bad Ass Prop Guns For Your Film

When my team and I were making my first short film BROKEN we really wanted to have functional and professional looking guns for the project.

Obviously we weren’t going to use real guns and getting our hands on working prop guns was too cost prohibited. We knew we could create some bad ass muzzle flashes in visual effects but I wanted to have some practical guns on set, that had blow back, to enhance the VFX and ultimately make the guns fights look real.

Watch the video below to get all the details.
http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/ifhtv-prop-guns-for-your-film/

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There's a lot of airsoft stuff that looks quite good at a reasonable price. Maybe you could look into that.

August 2, 2015 at 4:02PM, Edited August 2, 4:02PM

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Andy O'Neill
Filmmaker / Cinematographer
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what state are you in? if you're in the suburbs it's very easy to get the real thing and load with blanks. THat's what we did for a short.
THere's plenty of people who own real guns and wouldnt mind their prize pieces being in a "fillm"

August 5, 2015 at 9:07AM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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You are opening yourself up for a work of hurt using real guns and blanks. Aside from the noise, the cops, and the legal/insurance ramifications, blanks can actually hurt people. Using them is, in this day and age, kind of stupid if you're not fully covered. I don't care what backwater burg you're in, just don't do it if you're not fully licensed and insured. And no, you can NOT just use someone else's gun. That is completely illegal.

Use gas blowback airsofts. Shortyusa.com has a good selection.

August 10, 2015 at 10:30PM

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Edmund Lloyd
Cinematographer/Director
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Airsoft guns are cool if you want to have non-fictional guns. An airsoft M4 generally looks as good as an AR-15. If you want futuristic sci-fi looking guns you could also spray paint some nerf guns black. I saw a video where they did that and it looked pretty sweet.

August 11, 2015 at 7:02PM

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Charles Duoto
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depends on state. I've shot a vietnam short with proper production values. States like ohio, up to certain gun classes you don't need a license. Also theyre some what similar to drone in the fact it is ok in a private property in the part of ohio i was in.
I was shooting in a farm with a gun specialist who was an ex coast guard. you can pretty much legally own and use inside private property for up to class 3 weapons. fortunately the farm was 2 acres and we had plenty of space to shoot the entire film on.
But you should know how to handle a gun property both for safety and aesthetics. you don't want people with the guns looking fake.
It's not too difficult if you have a clean background. i have a class one license and im in NY metro area.

August 13, 2015 at 9:16AM

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Kazu Okuda
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