(I predicted you would buy the wrong gun, but I didn't see this coming.)
- get a different gun
- let the actor train: I estimate it will take you 7 years to start shooting, so by then he will be able to shoot righthanded.
One last remark: when will you use your own brain?
OMG, you made 1 short ever and now you are buying guns, making fake money, wanting to make it look real, without developing the skills to make it look believable in the first place.
Believe me: in your next project the realism of the look of your gun or money will NOT be the most important thing people will judge.
It will be at the bottom of the list. After...
Did you ever see barrel distortion in a cartoon?
Just match the size of the cartoon to its surroundings.
This why you fail: you think you are asking clever questions, but this is idiocy coming from a tendancy to micro manage every little detail without having oversight on priorities.
Well it does go away if the MC has no other consequences than a 'quick fix' to frame the bad guy.
It has no further complications.
Getting is possible trouble doesn't have to complicate or delay the ending: it can however add excitement to it.
We don't know, we didn't read the scrip. All we ever get are incomplete pieces of info and your opinions about it.
There is no simple how, because your what s#cks.
Your what might be a problem, because your why is farfetched.
The whole crime scene scene is pointless if it just goes away.
It only matters if he digs himself in a deeper hole.
A goal is always simple: 'win this', 'defeat that', 'rule the world', 'free the galaxy'.
Your how is complex as it can be. Since it already takes you years to write it in to a form that seems plausible, it might be too artificial to work.
Well go make it.
How many people and locations do you need?
That is your priority if you want to make something instead of discussing the tiny details first.
And shoot a test shoot out to learn to add nozzles.
Got a DOP?
That test will give him/her the change to try all kind of shots as well.
This testing can be done with a toy gun, or even a black...
Why did you delete the numbers about the VFX?
Steve reacted to the comparison and you edit your post making it a totally different story that is now incomplete.
IP: you wrote:
"Well I asked a couple of VFX artists so far and one said it could run up to $ 500 and the other said $800."
For what? Adding how many nozzles? What kind of nozzles?
What did you...
IF you make money.
What are your expectations/projections?
Do you have investors to grow fast?
We have seen this kind of offers come and go in the recent years, most were unable to reach enough critical mass to even speak about profit.
I hope you succeed!
Why we didn't use a blank gun?
We had NO budget. Getting the fake gun took 1 phone call. The paperwork for real looking stuff would take weeks, would require training for the actress, a safety manager on set and a police officer. That does not fit in the scope of a project with some friends that was shot in 1 day.
It is however an example on making smart...
Go to a toystore.
Get a water pistol.
Spray paint it black.
Add nozzles in post.
Don't try to engineer stuff with chemicals.
CO2 is used for a reason: health and safety.
You can't even RTFM so you trying to experiment with chemicals is a bad idea which will either lead to a burnt down house, an exploding gun or you being arrested as a suspect for...
So he is encouraging you to not give up. Which is good. How much longer does he want you to keep plugging?
There is indeed no rule for length, but you said it yourself: you find it hard to get a crime story complete without adding extra locations and characters.
It took you weeks to finally accept that legal stuff was stealing the time from your emotional...
I believe I saw a laptop being used in 24 over 10 years ago.
Ask a doctor where you can get fingerclamps and bandaids to make sensor stick to a head, arm, torso.
(You can use tiny headphones as fake sensors it you have to.)