When rigging bullet hit effects, you are often left with tubings not completely empty of stage blood. This is a quick tip from one Air Squib user on how to clean the tubings on the inside, not using your lungs. Clever!
The safe Air Squib is created to simulate blood hits in actors, but can also be used to simulate other hits. We have used the kit to recreate hits in walls, water, ground and much more. Here is a quick tip on how to create a “dry” hit in a jacket. You can use it with pillow filling and many types of material, even down, but here is what I like best. Simple to make, and the particles separate well in the air – and do not get shot out as a “white, fluffy sausage”!
In this video, I use the “Big Shot”.
Here is a soundless clip of two thugs clearing the score using the safe Air Squib to create the action. The T-shirts are new, and the treated fibres create a protective film that does not look as convincing as when using washed shirts. So, we recommend washing your shirts for an even better effect with the stage blood bleeding through the shirt from the first secon.
Creative filmmaker Victor Saf tried the Air Squib in a new way, attaching it to the back of the actor’s hand, spraying stage blood on his face while simulating the hit. Victor also added the “add-a-hole-technique” shown here a few weeks ago, adding a hole in the hand using AE. Great work, Victor with an exciting sequence! Love that falling gun too!