The perfect action scene needs combat, gore, and at least one actor going through a window. Here’s how I shot a scene with all these ingredients, from making the special effects to shooting and editing the footage.
Action Movie Effects
Shoot a fight scene with a blood-spurting knife wound and a head smashing through a window.
- Plastic tube, thin, a few feet (1) from hardware store.
- Turkey baster (1) Or large medicine dropper or squeeze bulb
- Knives, cheap (2) Identical, with blades at least 1mm–2mm thick; ours cost $1.50 from a dollar store.
- Glue, strong (1) or hot glue and glue gun
- Food coloring, red (1)
- Water (1) for fake blood
- Cornstarch (1)
- Food coloring (1)
- Sugar, 7 cups (1) for movie glass
- Aluminum foil (1)
- Wood glue (1)
- Cardboard sheet (1)
- Balsa wood strips, (optional) (1)
- Corn syrup, light, 2 cups (1)
- Water, 4 cups (1)
- Wood strips, thin (1)
- Dremel or cutting tool
- Metal file