January 19, 2010

Awesome Props! Great Minds Think Alike.

This BAMF has a huge gun!

From Plugs

This shot from The Asylum's Gone Fishin' caught my eye not because of the largeness of the weapon but of its origin. Colin McDermott and I purchased the same Nerf gun, on which this gun is based, a few years ago just for fun. However, when Colin entered film school and made his first short, The Golden Rule, our Nerf gun was spray painted black and repurposed as a sniper rifle. It looked not dissimilar from the one this action hero is holding.

Furthermore, when Colin and I worked on Halcyon (48 Hour Film Project Winner, Salt Lake City, 2009), we gave the gun a dusting of silver spray paint in order to make it look more worn and weathered. The gun never appeared in the film and was lost sometime afterwards never to be found again. It will live forever in our hearts and minds.

Also, if you're not familiar with The Asylum you can check them out by clicking on the title of this article. The Asylum is a production company in Burbank CA that specializes in low budget Novelty, Parody and slightly abnormal content. They were the ones who brought you Snakes on a Train, Sunday School Musical, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, and Megapiranha. The speed at which they are able to produce films is incredible. Most have a turnaround time of only a few months and several are produced each year. They cater to a very niche market but are definitely worth checking out. No heavy stories or political undertones, just guys having fun with cameras and big guns.

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