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Tue, 06 May 2014 21:11:20 PDT

Thanks to a Facebook reader of the Lost in Schlocko Facebook page, I have recently discovered Fauxtex.  In my research of Fauxtex, I have found this great video tutorial that I would like to share:

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Helmet Foam Fabrication Gets Evil

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:33:12 PDT

You may not have heard of Evil Ted Smith, but you have seen his amazing prop work from the lowest budget of films to the largest including The Guyver, Dollman Versus Demonic Toys, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Element; he even has worked with Rob Zombie creating props and costumes for his stage shows and music videos.  This is a one hell of an artist who never stays idle.

Recently he has posted a three-part video series on foam helmet fabrication which I find to be one of the best available anywhere on the internet.  Check it out.(image)

Special Effects Make-up How-to: Bites and Scratches

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:54:34 PDT

This is a great duo of tutorials on how to create either bite or scratch marks using very basic make-up materials that you can easily obtain.

Full tutorial here.(image)

Foamcore Lantern How-To

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:30:00 PDT

Propmaker and artist, Dave Lowe, has a fantastic how-to on building a fake lantern using foamcore.  This is a tutorial I definitely plan on using for my own yard haunts for years to come.

Helpful hint:  foamcore can get kinda pricey in some stores.  However, some dollar stores will sell it for a dollar a sheet and in either white or black.


Rewind: Build Your Own Shoulder Puppet

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:22:37 PDT

Here is a tutorial  mentioned three years ago that I think deserves a second look.  It's one of the neatest puppet how-to's out there.

Make Magazine has a neat mini-article on building your own shoulder puppet similar to the ones sold by WoodbabyGo here for more details.(image)

Link-O-Rama Tuesday!

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:47:39 PDT


Here are some very cool links you may have missed from the Lost in Schlock Facebook page:

A neat tutorial that can be utilized in the creation of other animal or creature props:  make your own fake wolf prop 

From the same site that shows you how to make a fake wolf is a how-to on making pillars for your next home haunt or film set:  cemetery pillars 

Here is a fantastic primer on adhesives and epoxies which includes a handy guide that you can print or download to your tablet or smart phone for future reference:  adhesives and epoxies.  (h/t Proplandia)

Here is a perfect tutorial on making a fake shrunken head prop.  Just in time for the Halloween season which is shambling its way around the corner:  shrunken head tutorial.


Build Your Own Shrunken Head - The Legal Way

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:52:02 PDT

Here is a neat tutorial on how to build a shrunken head from the blog Dark Artifacts.

Click here to see the full tutorial.

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Model and Miniature Makers Talk Shop

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:54:37 PDT

I stumbled upon this treasure trove of interviews on Youtube that is a who's who of model making and miniatures in filmmaking which includes films of varying budget and genre ranges.  This includes cheapies like Carnoaur all the way to Total Recall and more.  Well worth a look.

Click here for more.


Build Your Own Vampire Hunting Kit

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:27:14 PST

Every video that Stiltbeast Studios releases each week is solid gold in terms of great prop making techiniques and tips and this latest video just proves that.  Here is a great tutorial on how to make a vampire hunting kit with a low budget.

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Creepy Shelly

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:21:21 PDT

Here is a very ghoulishly neat how-to on building a static zombie or corpse prop for your next yard haunt or even movie:

Costume Inspiration: Jurassic Park

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:08:41 PDT

Although it's not really a tutorial, I found this cool video on someone who built a dinosaur puppet costume inspired bu Jurassic Park.  Enjoy!

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Graveyard Statues on a Dollar Store Budget

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:57:07 PDT

Here is yet another amazing video tutorial from Stiltbeast Studios on how to make a cheap graveyard statue without the need for monster mud.

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Heavy Metal Dungeon

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:19:34 PDT

I recently shot this scene of a fake public access MTV-esque show called Heavy Metal Dungeon which is being edited by Joe Sherlock that will go into a movie for Warlock Video.  The background was just dumpster rescued bits of cardboard duct taped together and then painted with a fake brick wall pattern using a sponge.  Then I added all of the graffiti using spray paint and paint markers.  Bits of the show's hostess' costume, Heavy Metal Kitty, was made at the last second using Velcro tape and hot-glue.   All in all, I think it came out pretty damn good.

Here is a sneak peek:

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Art Creature

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:41:26 PDT

Here is a cool mini documentary on indie make-up and special effects artist Jeremy Selenfriend:

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ART CREATURE: Jeremy Selenfriend from LUNARCY PICTURES on Vimeo.

Adam Savage's Talks Rasputin's Mecha Glove

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 20:38:23 PDT

One of the coolest bonuses of Jamie and Adam's (MYTHBUSTERS) Tested site is the inside look at Adam Savage's man cave/workshop and the replica prop projects that he has meticulously been working on.

What I love about his process is that he actually takes his time to study the prop and takes the time to make sure every detail is as close to the original as possible, even going as far as machining the parts himself or hiring companies to build custom made parts.

Here he is discussing one of his prop projects which is the infamous Mecha Glove that Rasputin used in the film HELLBOY:

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UPDATE! Enter the Specter Studios Custom Props Contest Give-Away

Fri, 25 May 2012 14:40:58 PDT

Update:  The winner of the custom prop contest is Ed Schrecengost!  It was a tough decision coming down to two contestants.  However as much as I lovede the Youtube video that Kat had made, the baseball bat ultimately goes to Schrecengost for his zombie baseball team haunted hayride idea which sounds like real ghoulish fun.  Congrats to Ed.  Ed if you would please email me at kidschlocko(at) and send me your name and address so that Specter Studios can send you the prop.  Many thanks to everyone who participated.Specter Studios which has been creating some amazing custom props and masks has joined Lost in Schlock to give away one of their own custom props.  A prop which is valued at $45 dollars.  The prize is a ultra realistic baseball bat which is made from soft foam and latex materials which has a dowel rod core for support.  It is incredibly realistic which includes a nice faux wood grain finish to add to it's realism.The baseball bat is one of the the many cool and ghoulish custom props one can find at Specter Studios.  Their site can be found at and you can become a fan on Facebook by clicking on the like button on their page at The Rules of the Game:To enter the contest just comment below and tell me what kind of project you would use the prop and how.  The project can be a home haunt, a haunted attraction, or even your own indie horror movie.You can only enter the contest once.The person who comments below with the best project will win the contest and the winner will be announced on May 25th.  So be sure to return to this page on that day to see if your name has been chosen so that I can get your contact info so that Specter Studios can send you the prize.All contestants must be within the continental U.S. only.  (those in Alaska or Hawaii cannot enter)For a better look at the prop and for more details be sure to check out Specter Studios website at or go directly to the prop's own page.Good luck! [...]

Prop Inspiration: Army of Darkness Mechanical Hand

Sun, 20 May 2012 19:30:23 PDT

Here is a amazing look at how Blind Squirrel Props has made a replica of the mechanical hand that Ash used in the film ARMY OF DARKNESS.  Very cool.

Go here for more.(image)

How to Make Faux Steel Panels without Vacummforming

Sun, 13 May 2012 20:54:55 PDT

Terra from her Youtube channel has another incredibly AMAZING tutorial on how to make fake weathered and rusty steel panels using pink insulation foam sheets and parts from a hardware store.  This is a very cost effective method considering that the same panels that are made using a vacummforming method can cost around a hundred dollars and upwards.

(via Haunters Digest)


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How to Create a Slashed Wrist Make-Up Effect

Tue, 08 May 2012 20:45:03 PDT

Here is a cool and every effective tutorial on using latex and toilet paper to create a realistic and gory slashed wrist make-up effect.


Creating a Sculpture using Pink Insulation Foam

Tue, 01 May 2012 20:23:09 PDT

Here is a an amazing video tutorial on how to create a static sculpture using pink insulation foam sheets:

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Steampunk Gauges on the Cheap

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:35:41 PDT

Here is a AMAZING way to make steampunkish gauges on the cheap to add to your next prop.

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'Truly Dreadful Tales' Now Available

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:28:40 PST

Hey boils and ghouls, the horror film anthology TRULY DREADFUL TALES is now available to buy from Joe Sherlock's website!  It features a segment that I directed called CRAZED.  It features hot gals rasstlin', blood, and violence!  What more do you want!?


Weathering Props: Fake Moss

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:28:48 PST

Here is a cool trick for anyone needing to add moss to a prop whether it be a tombstone, tree, or anything else.     It's easy and super cheap!


Replica Prop Forum Hacked!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:55:27 PST

Just got word that the Replica Prop Forum was hacked.  Here are the details sent to me by one of the moderators:DO NOT USE WWW.THERPF.COM or THERPF.COMONLY USE WWW.THEREPLICAPROPFORUM.COMThere is a FAKE SITE at www.therpf.comThey have your password (with a little work), regardless of whether you have logged into the fake site or not. So you need to change your password... AND PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SEE in your address bar when you change your password.We do not know the extent of what they have and don't have, so just assume that they have EVERYTHING (password, email address, saved pm's, etc).Please just stop using / testing at all.---The hacker has now duplicated our Facebook page for the RPF.This is the FAKE page: go to this page and report it to Facebook by scrolling to the bottom and choosing Report Page from the Left hand side. From the Report Screen choose "Duplicate or miscategorized Page", then choose "Duplicate of another Page" from the drop down. Finally, type in "Replica Prop Forum" and our icon should come up.I also suggest reporting it also as spam too.Show your support at the REAL Facebook page: share this with your friends so others aren't fooled into going to this fake page. [...]

Build a Cardboard iPhone or iPad

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:06:31 PST

Here is a brilliant way to make a mock iPad or iPhone prop using a magazine or print out of the actual thing and  cardboard.  Quite useful for those not wanting to shell out the big bucks for your next indie movie.

Full how-to here.(image)