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Loan of holster, prop guns needed for film production.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by raytracer, May 2, 2007.

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  1. raytracer

    raytracer Member

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    As I may or may not have mentioned at some point, my day job is as an independent filmmaker. This summer, we are producing our second feature “Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Dracula”. Unless we screw it up, it’s going to be a very fun movie.

    As the production’s resident Gun Nut, it’s fallen to me to procure firearm related stuff for the movie. We aren’t too worried about historical accuracy (in case you missed the part about Dracula), so the director has asked for a dual 1911 shoulder holster for Clyde – ala “Last Man Standing”.

    Being a tiny indie outfit, we are on a shoestring budget, so we’d like to borrow one for the duration of filming – basically the month of July 2007 – in exchange for screen credit and bragging rights. We don’t have any big stunts with the rig, so it won’t be subject to abuse, but if something should happen to it we have a $1,000,000 insurance policy to cover such things (between that and actors, that’s where most of our budget went!) so the lender can be assured of getting it returned exactly as it was loaned, or replaced if necessary.

    To reassure you that we are legit, our production company, Big Atom Productions, is a registered Kansas L.L.C., and our previous feature “Cadaverella” will be released on DVD May 8th. Our site for “Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Dracula” is www.bcvdmovie.com and for “Cadaverella” is www.cadaverella.com.

    We also need period (1930s era or before) replica weapons, i.e. Tommy Guns (I know, B&C favored the BAR, but the director wants the iconic “Chicago Typewriter” for the film) pump or side by side shotguns for some hillbillies, S&W M&P revolvers for some local cops, and some sort of pimped out little purse gun for Bonnie and a pair of gas operated Airsoft 1911 for Clyde.

    To keep expenses down and safety up, we’re going to use all digital muzzle blasts, so there won’t be any blank firing or live weapons on set. We’ll use the Airsofts for the hero weapons that need to cycle on camera, any or all of the rest could even be well painted resin or metal replicas.

    If anybody has a line on any of this stuff, drop me an email at joe@bigatomproductions.com, or PM me and we can talk by phone if you’d prefer.

    Mods, if this is in the wrong place or inappropriate I apologize and don't hesitate to move or delete it. As a member of the community, I don't want to offend anyone, but I know this group is the most likely to have what we're looking for. I considered placing in "The Trading Post" but I figured I don't want to buy if I can help it, and I'm looking for someone who doesn't want to sell, but would be willing to loan.

    Thanks,
    Joe Allen
     
  2. 30 cal slob

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    what gun for "attack of the killer tomatoes?"
     
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    Back in the 1980s a small film company sought to borrow Medieval armor and weapons for a production they were doing. Some of my friends and I who collected such things lent a variety of materials, like chain mail and real swords.

    The two swords I had lent for the project were repeatedly beat against each other (despite assurances from the director that they were for show only and would not be struck against each other as I warned him that this would damage the blades) leaving dozens of severe dents in both edges of both blades. One chain mail shirt was left lying on the ground out in the rain and it was corroded. Several smaller pieces of equipment were simply lost (or stolen) and never recovered.

    Now, I'm sure that you are much more conscientious than this and would take good care of any items you borrowed. But you can understand why my personal policy is to never lend any valuable objects for use in plays, movies, commercials, etc.

    Good luck with your project.
     
  4. Outlaw Man

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    I've got an Airsoft style Beretta 92 you can borrow. :D

    I used to have a toy revolver that would have been perfect, but I lost it in one of our forts in the woods. Good luck on the movie, though. It sounds pretty good, but then, I like vampire movies and gun movies. :)
     
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    Paging Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns.....
     
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    Geek, did you see the part about lack of budget? :D

    Naw, I think this is the perfect place.
     
  7. raytracer

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    SaxonPig, I'm sorry to hear of your experience. In our case, if we don't return something in the condition we got it in, we'll replace it with a new item. Fortunately we don't need actual historical items, in our case replicas will work fine. And, while we don't have any full contact battle sequences storyboarded accidents can happen if something should we'll make good on it.

    Outlaw Man, I know we aren't sticklers for anachronisms, but a M92 might be just a bit out of place for Bonnie and Clyde! Thanks just the same! If the plans for the sequel "Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Martin and Riggs" comes about we'll take you up on it.

    Correia, I'd really love to have FBMG come out and provide all our Armorer's services, but that'll have to wait till we have a bigger budget.

    I was skeptical about using Airsofts and digital Muzzle blasts until I did some test footage, the slower cycling of the airsoft actually prints nicely on camera, and the digital blasts as used in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and, more recently, "Children of Men" look pretty good.

    Joe
     
  8. raytracer

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    Just an update... TripleK has generously agreed to supply us with a double shoulder rig.

    A great big thank you to Kurt and Suzi and everybody else at TripleK!

    Joe
     
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    These came with my Ruger GP100, but now I got my Kydex. A classic police issue revolver holster, leather, very heavy duty. Thumb break. Plus cartridge holder. I would be happy to donate them to the cause of cinema art. Want 'em? (Gun & ammo not included, sorry!)
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  10. raytracer

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    Absolutely! I'm still needing something for a couple of rural lawmen, and this is just the thing! I'll PM my info.

    Thanks!
    Joe
     
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