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Prop Fabrication for Film

with Rick Hilgner


This demonstration covers real-world construction of a motion picture style prop gun. Rick discusses all aspects of creating something with your own hands that is truly interactive. Production steps include concept design, pre-production, multi-material application/allocation, engineering design and application, shop safety, base formation, machining, fabrication and alternatives, nernies and grebles, mold making, gadgets, gags, paint/faux finishes and other "weird science" tricks of the trade. Independent filmmakers looking to build cost-effective props will benefit from this rare glimpse at a master's process and techniques.

Duration: 185 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Rick Hilgner

Concept Designer, Creative Fabricator and Practical Effects Guru

Ever since Rick was a kid, his dream was to come to Los Angeles and work in entertainment building models and toys. After 25 years of being a 'hitman' for the visual effects and toy industries, Rick has worked on everything from low budget shlockers to massive Hollywood blockbusters designing, engineering and fabricating miniatures, props, sets and gadget effects, as well as toy prototypes, trade shows and themed installations. His company, Creative Concepts Enterprises, now strives to enhance the digital world by incorporating the knowledge of practical, hand-built magic and fun. Film credits include The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers, Darkman, Power Rangers The Movie, X-Files, Guyver 2, Turbulence, Alien: Resurrection and many more.

  • "Rick Hilgner and his company - Creative Concepts - have always surpassed my expectations. The brilliance and the upbeat attitude he brings to any project, no matter how big or small, residential or industrial, is refreshing. To Mr. Hilgner, NOTHING is impossible. From generating computer animated pre-visualizations to perfecting the final details, Creative Concepts is never satisfied until the client is."

    - Steve Johnson
    Creature Practical FX Supervisor Bicentennial Man, Spiderman 2, The Abyss, Ghostbusters