How to build a big f@%king gun
Plastic CD rack
(This cheap, flimsy thing must have made a horrible CD raft, but it made an awesome frame for our blaster.)
Big and little water bottle.
(Check out the video, all these plastic water bottles have interesting textures and patterns.)
Two old plastic thermoses.
(Again, this very cheap, used piece of plastic has cool textures.)
A thermos cap.
(Or so I think. I saw this orange piece of plastic on the shelf at Urban Ore and thought: "That's the barrel tip of my blaster!")
A slide projector.
(I used this, because it has a big lens on one end, and I thought it would look cool as a high-tech targeting computer.)
The pistol grip from an old camera.
(Another lucky find at Urban Ore.)
(Silver, black and copper.)
Step 1: The Gun
Step 2: The Inside
Step 3: Paint Job
Step 4: Final Assembly
conclusion: The bells and whistles...
So as I said in the episode, you're going to need more then a hunk of plastic to make a movie. You're going to need some computer graphics. For muzzles, flares and explosions, check out Detonation Films. For lasers, blasts and other fancy moving graphics you really need a program like Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects or Photoshop. There are lots of ways to make lasers; here are a few links I found with helpful tutorials.
Neat film-strip tutorial on using Photoshop for making lasers
Some good stuff over at Creative Cow
Wow, I couldn't find as many laser tutorials as I thought. I'll keep looking and add them above, but we just might have to buckle down and make a Weekend Extra on Lasers. If you know how to make lasers why not make a video tutorial and send it in. You'll get "mad Indy Mogul cred!"