This gun arsenal was added to the set in post, enhancing production value.
For the low budget Film Sleepless (that I also directed), we didn’t have the budget for this weapons room and set design that I wanted. (For reference, here’s the vfx projector-phone shot from the same film).
For the above scene, the character was supposed to walk up to our elaborate gun rack and take one off the wall. The problem? We couldn’t afford to rent high-end prop guns for the day. And a friend who had ‘promised’ to bring his own guns, didn’t show up with them!
The only solution was VFX. Luckily, the type of guns we were able to drop into the scene were better than the ones we were going to borrow and amped up the production value considerably.
Our weapons room looks real, thanks to the gun wall and we would never have been able to attain this with the budget we were working with.
I estimate we saved $2700.00 by doing these CG props in post, rather than in camera.
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