"DIY PROP MAKING - TENTACLES"
Are you interested in getting into practical effects and special effects makeup? Looking to make a sea monster or odd Lovecraftian inspired prop or costume? Are you also on a budget, or not sure where to start? Then look no further. For the team at Dreams For Dead Cats Productions LLC (DDCP) pride themselves on DIY efforts in prop making, costumes, and creating a high production value with a limited budget. And good for us, they also love to share their techniques and adventures in prop-making with others!
DDCP members Cassandra Sechler and Craig Jacobson have been busy making props for their upcoming feature film Tearful Surrender: a dark, erotic, fantasy/horror film about a deadly sea siren & her witch accomplices who must feast on human souls to survive! The film is inspired by tales of sirens and vampires & the works of H.P. Lovecraft and focuses on death, sexuality, and immortality.
And what erotic horror film inspired by Lovecraft featuring a seductress from the sea wouldn’t feature a few tentacles? Today they are taking us behind the scenes of making tentacle props for an upcoming photo shoot for their film. This simple DIY tutorial will help introduce you to one resourceful method of making tentacles using simple materials that are inexpensive and easy to use!
CHECK OUT THE TUTORIAL IN EITHER VIDEO FORMAT OR WRITTEN FORMAT (WITH THE OPTION TO DOWNLOAD) BELOW
DIY PROP MAKING: MAKING TENTACLES WITH DREAMS FOR DEAD CATS
Things you will need:
- Disposable table cover (cheap party table cloths from the Dollar store are great!)
- Gloves (optional for those clean freaks out there)
- Masking tape
- Plastic trash bags
- Release agent (vaseline works great)
- Cardboard pieces (toilet paper rolls, party hats lying around, case in recycling from your poison)
- Glue or art medium & water ( can also use flour and water for tradition paper mache method)
- Cotton balls (optional but work great to fill gaps when wet with glue and water)
- 1 ply toilet paper or newspaper (wet paper bags or newspaper also work great)
- Hair dryer (optional for fast drying)
- Liquid latex, a cheap brush (basting or foam brushes from the dollar store will do)
- Cups/bowls for latex, glue, & water
- Stuffing, string/rope/tubing (lightweight items that will let the tentacle retain movement—have any cheap feathers, etc.?)
- Stuffing tool (look around the house…ruler? End of a feather duster or broom?)
- Rubber bands
- Baby powder
- Various paint for desired effect, colors will vary based on desired outcome (I’m keeping mine fleshy using burnt umber, black, red, magenta & yellow)
- Small & medium sized paint brushes, art medium, palette (a plate will work)
- A sealant or fixative (optional for preservation of prop)
- Fun background music (optional but highly recommended)
Visit www.dreamsfordeadcats.com for more info and links to other tutorials.
This video tutorial was created by Cassandra Sechler and Craig Jacobson of Dreams For Dead Cats Productions LLC in collaboration with Thirteenth Floor & Bitches of Horror to demonstrate one inexpensive and resourceful way of creating tentacles for either a costume or simple practical effect Visit www.dreamsfordeadcats.com or their instagram @dreamsfordeadcats for more info and links to other tutorials & news on their film projects!