Make a Monster - Plastic Bag Technology

Learn to make a monster using Plastic Bag Technology with Master Monster Maker Steve Johnson and Creature Effects Fabricator Bill Bryan

Description

How do you begin to make something that only exists in the deepest, darkest, sickest, most twisted part of your imagination?  Master creature creators Steve Johnson and Billy Bryan walk you through the steps of turning simple plastic bags into creatures that will scare your little sister so much her great-grandkids will have nightmares.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learning how to use plastic to create a creature
  • How to create colored slime with methyl cellulose
  • Effectively using gravity and liquid as a propellant
  • Where does inspiration come from?
  • Meeting a creative challenge with confidence and imagination

 

Approximate Run Time: 01:53:03

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Materials - 00:00:45
  3. Sketching Out a Concept - 00:11:36
  4. The Ethics of Good Design - 00:14:28
  5. Tracing & Sealing the Bag Outline - 00:17:47
  6. The Bag & String Mechanism - 00:24:25
  7. Inspiration: Genesis of a Concept - 00:29:54
  8. The Inner String & Bag Pulley - 00:41:52
  9. The Outer String & Bag Pulley - 00:51:43
  10. Combining the Sleeves & Adding Spikes - 01:01:10
  11. Concealing the Top Ring & Adding More Texture - 01:15:52
  12. Practical Effects as an Art Form - 01:27:58
  13. Performing a Water Test - 01:29:32
  14. A Brief Discussion on Painting - 01:32:22
  15. Mixing Methyl Cellulose Slime - 01:36:28
  16. Mounting the Gag Vertically & Pouring in the Slime - 01:42:27
  17. It's Alive - 01:50:16
  18. Wrap Up - 01:51:07

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Air Compressor
  • Latex Gloves

 

AIRBRUSHES

  • Swain’s Iwata Airbrush Set

 

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • Super 77 Spray Adhesive

 

LATEX/SILICONE

  • Slip Cast Latex

 

PAINTS

  • Acrylic Airbrush Paint Set

 

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • Pure Ammonia

 

TOOLS

  • Crimping, Pliers and Gripping Tools
    • Needle Nose Tweezers
  • Cutting Tools
    • Scissors
  • Measuring Tools
    • Large Ruler
    • Tailor’s Tape Measure
  • Power Tools
    • Cordless Drill
  • Torches, Solder and Accessories
    • Soldering Iron

 

SUPPLIES

  • Duct Tape
  • Food Coloring
  • Empty Small Plastic Containers
  • Large Roll White Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Methyl Cellulose Slime
  • Mixing Buckets
  • Monofilament Line
  • Pencil
  • Plastic Drop Cloth
  • Plywood Board
  • Polyethylene Painter’s Plastic
  • Stir Sticks
  • Ultra Slime
  • Water
  • Wood Screws

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Steve Johnson

Veteran FX Master & Legendary Creature Designer. The "Mad Scientist" of Monster Making.

For three decades Emmy-Award winning Steve Johnson has been transforming raw elements, cutting-edge technology,...

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