Make do with what you got.
This would be the one statement we would quote in our manifesto over and over again here at Creature; if we had a manifesto. I am sure you have heard Anthony and the others say this before in other posts; but it is something we are very proud of. We apply this “motto” to the way we make our films, the way we make our comics and I apply it to the way I build our film props.
Film props can be made from just about anything. It only takes a little imagination and a little ingenuity. Sometimes the best pieces for your props are sitting in your own garage.
For example the script for Zombie Years: Thanks Grandpa called for the lead character Delilah to carry an old gore crusted machete and wear some sort of hand protection. So I went into my garage (aka Creature’s prop warehouse) and bam I found an old machete I had been meaning to throw away because it was blunt. I also found some old paintball gloves. Both were perfectly weathered to perfection. I love it when I don’t have to spend money on props and they still look great. Next I got some cardboard and duct tape and made a perfect post-apocalyptic scabbard for Del’s weapon of choice. At this point I feel I should mention adding little doodads and such really help personalize a prop and make it look unique. I added some cord to the machete handle and picked up some small items I found lying around and threaded them through the cord. This gave the weapon a personalized feel as if Del had added some “charms” to girlie it up a bit. It might be the Zombie apocalypse but people still tend to hang onto certain things that make them feel human. This was a central theme to this movie; so I went with it.
I also made a pretty cool looking utility belt for Delilah but I won’t go into that here (I have already rambled enough) you can see Del (as portrayed by actress Karla Solarte-Saint) and some of her gear below. I would also like to give a big thank you to Genesis Cordoba and Whitney Paige they did an amazing job on the costume design for Delilah. These ladies really came through for us and deserve a lot of the credit for helping to bring the character to life.
Karla (Delilah) with all her gear
Close up of machete scabard
Ok I have rambled enough. I’ll try to follow up with more posts about budget prop building and just prop building in general. See you guys next time.
EDIT: Check out Whitney’s comments below on how they put together the costume