Research on silenced pistols. And spy weapons.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do is make an action film in the style of a James Bond movie. I knew that it would be too much of a challenge to make a full on agent film for my FMP but I wanted to include some references. Jack’s character in my FMP ‘The mutant’ has a silenced pistol like James Bond does. As the mutant ‘never misses a shot’ I emulated the ruthless efficiency that James Bond has, showing Jack’s character with the same level of threat and brutality making the film more sinister and really emphasising the danger that’s to come.

Last Thursday I watched the Bond film ‘Goldeneye’. It’s one of my favorites for its unique action and story. I absolutely love Pierce Brosnan playing the character as he fits the role so perfectly. It was the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films that got me interested in the franchise.

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A problem with a silenced pistol prop was neither myself or anyone I knew had one. So I looked online for cheap plastic, brightly colored airsoft ones that I could just spray paint black to make it look realistic. I’ve sprayed the cheaper bright plastic BB guns black before and it seems to work really well so I was confident that if I bought a silenced pistol that’s the right size then it would work fine. This is the one a found online.

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After seeing the price I was actually considering buying that but I didn’t in the end. I actually made a silenced pistol completely from scratch!

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Well, I basically found a light gun controller for my old PlayStation. Didn’t really think anything of it at first. But then put a metal pipe I found next to it that I very luckily found in the garage, (I don’t know it’s original purpose) but asked my parents whether I could use it for making a prop and they said ‘yes’! Now with the all clear, I then made this.


It’s almost like they were meant to go together! I was both shocked and delighted as they fit really well! The only problem was the barrel looks too long which is a shame. But I didn’t let that bother me and superglued them together.

After letting the glue set, I sprayed it up with its first coat.


I unscrewed the handle so I could remove the wood part so I could add that back on when it’s finished. So far I’m happy with my result. I bought a new full can of Black Halfords spray paint to remove the possibility of it running out on me during the painting of what was becoming the silenced pistol.

I wanted to make the prop myself as I’ve seen video tutorials on youtube before on how people have transformed things like ‘Nerf Blasters’ into polished looking props. A video I saw recently which had inspired me to make my own was the video below!

After the paint on my prop had dried. I screwed the wooden handle back on and judged whether I was happy with how it was.


Although I was over the moon with the way it turned out I still wanted to make it as polished as possible, so I added in some finishing touches with the paint.


This is the finished product. Can honestly say that I’m thrilled with the result. It was an incredibly exciting task with the most rewarding outcome. All I can say is I’m proud of myself and I’m grateful for the YouTube tutorials that have inspired my idea. I’ve never managed to do anything like this before my FMP either so it truly was a great new experience.

Next year I hope to do the same or similar.

FMP Week 7 blog the week

Monday

We had a talk about Ofsted. We were told to stay in college and not to go out filming when Ofsted were here. I personally thought this was extremely wrong as Ofsted need to see the college for who they really are. This upset me because I could have been one of the people that need to film in one of those days. (Keiran for example). Luckily this didn’t affect me but I still thought it was wrong.

Tuesday

Tuesday we did logos. I was happy with my group as I was with Ceri and Ethan. This is because they’re sensible and together we can get good work done. I’m really into advertising and brand and I took that on the induction course with the degree students a couple weeks ago.

The task for Tuesday morning was to get into groups of 3 or 4 and then get given a fake brand name. We then had to design our own logo for it and company values.

A Logo I designed for our company named “M.O.L.D” was this…


The splatter logo on the right of the page was my design. We wanted something to resemble a splat. Something slightly humorous but serious at the same time. This is purely because the name is MOLD and it doesn’t exactly sound like the most classy company name I’ve heard. With this in mind though, Ethan got up photoshop and started to edit a splat. The problem with this was the fact that it resembled the “Nickelodeon” logo quite a bit.

I was working on a slogan and meaning for our company ‘MOLD’. This is what I came up with.


We couldn’t quite agree on what to go for at first. But then we settled for “Media. Online. Link. Design.” We did this as it sounds really creative and we love how it flows so smoothly and feel others will appreciate this too. This is also because it’s not too long and so memorable.

The first company values that I chose for MOLD was to have the logo to feature blue as we’d want people to see the colour blue and think of ‘trust’. With trust, we promise to be punctual with every one of our clients and will never let them down. Plus the fact that we’re ‘dependent’, and ‘strong’. This is also because other massive companies use blue as their dominant colour in their logo like ‘Facebook’ and ‘HP’.

The second company value is to have the colour green in the logo. This is because we want to be as economical and as environmentally friendly as possible. As a company, we’re also proud to be part of the community and take part in fundraisers for charity. This is to not only just benefit us through advertising but to help the charities grow and benefit from the money we’ve helped raise for them.

The third company value is to be creative and imaginative. In an attempt to make this evident we’ve designed our logo with the text coloured in purple. We wanted this as people would see that and think we’re different and creative as we’re trying to make a statement.

After the hour was up, it was time for group crits for our companies. My group ‘MOLD‘, joined up with another online content producer group ‘ZEN’, along with ‘BY FRAME‘ an animation company.

In conclusion, our company values are;

•Trust

•Growth and environmentally friendly

•Imaginative

This is the PowerPoint Ceri and I made about our company MOLD.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SRPAfGox1i5xZSp_tamDoLFC7XeCJ7kL8o4GasPimUU/edit#slide=id.p3

I really enjoyed this task and it’s a good break this week from the stress of FMP with the editing and publishing constantly. I loved the relief as I haven’t done a task like this before and found I could then go back to working on my Final Major Project feeling refreshed. Since then I’ve managed to get much more detailed blog work done and have almost completed the behind the scenes of my production.

Wednesday

I managed to carry on with editing and evidence more on my blog. This is slowly assuring me that I have done enough.

 

Making props: Classified Folder

As the characters in my FMP are meant to be part of the military. I wanted them to have realistic looking CLASSIFIED files. The only problem was that if I wanted those files in my film then I’d have to make it myself. I’ve never considered myself as a good artist by any means and was pleasantly surprised with the final outcome.

I asked Mum if she had any old brown envelopes I could use. Luckily she said yes so I took it. I ended up using a pencil and a ruler just marking points on the envelope where I’d like the red classified stamp to be placed.


Annoyingly as I’ve never done this before. My first sketch attempt at it was a fail as it was off center and looked terrible I. My opinion. I then had to rub it out and try again, this time I learned where the points were on the page and the size I’d need to draw it as.


After a lot of trial and error, my second sketch was complete. You can see how I’ve adjusted some of the lines as they are darker and didn’t fit as well as I’d like them too. I did this because I kept looking at the image that I got up on my laptop and it didn’t quite match the first time.


Then I borrowed one of my sister’s red colouring pens to fill it in. I then rubbed out the bits of pencil you could see around the edges of the colouring to make it look neater.


Once that was done there were a couple of finishing touches needed as it didn’t look right. It doesn’t look perfect now but as you can see, the Google image is a stamp and that isn’t dead straight or neat either so I wasn’t bothered.

Once I had the envelope and classified stamp sorted, I had to look up some images and text to put in the files which were going to be placed in the folder.


I looked up “MI6 logos”, “classified files” and “CCTV images” so I could then simply put it together in Word and print it off.

It’s not meant to look outstanding as they’re put in the film as a bit of extra detail and the camera won’t focus on them so the viewer won’t necessarily be able to read it. Its purpose is to hint at something bigger, and that was my overall aim with making a short action film as you don’t know any of the characters back story.