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Old 04-02-2017, 07:03 PM   #16
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Troll, troll, troll, h44.... is..... a..... troll.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:52 PM   #17
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Anyone use airsoft guns for movie props?

I have a script where I want some shots to be fired from a handgun, a police officer's handgun. I got an airsoft gun for the prop. The only problem is, is that the pistol, is full-auto only it seems. Where as a police officer would carry a semi-automatic gun.

Is there a way to modify the pistol so that it's semi-automatic at all? Basically I want it fire on CO2, so that the bolt will go back and forth in order to simulate the gunshot. But is there a way to modify it, so it will fire semi-auto, in that case?
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:16 AM   #18
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Quickly tapping the trigger once?

If it's just some handguns, then after effects would help out more than expensive practical props (if you're on a no-budget). Simply put, create a layer that just has the slide of the chamber, and for each shot that your talent replicates, make the slide go back (in after effects) just as a handgun does, add a motion blur to it, muzzleflare and/or smoke/dust discharge if you wish, and keep in mind that these effect last only a few frames or less (besides any particle or smoke effects). In the "Action Essentials" pack, there should be bullet casings flying out as well. All combined in the right way can look very convincing, if you are working with basically nothing.
I'm speaking from personal experience here, so take that as you may.

Edit: The slide must be keyframed back into place as well.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:22 PM   #19
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Anyone use airsoft guns for movie props?
Yep, but they're not exactly legal where I am, so my experience is from a few dodgy action shoots.

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lol. He bought the wrong gun.

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Is there a way to modify the pistol so that it's semi-automatic at all?
There probably is. Maybe it's broken? I've never seen an airsoft gun that is automatic. Every one that I've played with has been semi-automatic.

Take it to an armorer and ask them to modify it for you. It'll probably be cheaper to purchase an airsoft gun that has the requirements you need rather than modifying it.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:51 PM   #20
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How long are you holding the trigger? Glocks are the only airsofts that I'm aware of that are full auto.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:53 PM   #21
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Yeah I could do that, it will just be a time to delay to get another gun, and was hoping to start sooner. I could do that whole after effects thing where the muzzle looks like its being put back, but that will take someone who knows how to do that for sure, and hiring that person.

It might just be cheaper to get another airsoft gun, and wait it out in time for it to get here, rather than spend more money.

As for hitting the trigger quickly, it's difficult to pull it fast enough that the bolt on the pistol, only moves back and forth once.

I thought it was semi-auto, but reading the fine small print, it is in fact, full-auto only.

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Old 04-18-2017, 04:26 PM   #22
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If you know anything about editing software, then composite software isn't going to be that much of a bigger deal. Filmmaking is a giant learning process of "how can I do this?".

If you don't want to spend money, start learning how you can do it yourself. Not only can that become valuable, but it makes you efficient and effective.
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If you know anything about editing software, then composite software isn't going to be that much of a bigger deal. Filmmaking is a giant learning process of "how can I do this?".

If you don't want to spend money, start learning how you can do it yourself. Not only can that become valuable, but it makes you efficient and effective.
The problem is H44 only asks, but never tries.
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To quote that other thread:

lol. He bought the wrong gun.

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I just feel like it's better to get it right in shooting, rather than fixing it in post. But I will try.
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Yeah I could do that, it will just be a time to delay to get another gun, and was hoping to start sooner. I could do that whole after effects thing where the muzzle looks like its being put back, but that will take someone who knows how to do that for sure, and hiring that person.

It might just be cheaper to get another airsoft gun, and wait it out in time for it to get here, rather than spend more money.

I thought it was semi-auto, but reading the fine small print, it is in fact, full-auto only.

Your best bet is to find the excuse that most accurately fits your situation and use that one.



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Old 04-20-2017, 10:22 PM   #27
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I just feel like it's better to get it right in shooting, rather than fixing it in post.
You do neither. You neither shoot, nor can you fix it in post.

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Best post of the week. Tip the hat to you sir.
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That means a lot coming from one who is a master of insultery. Thank you sir.
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