Monday 25 February 2013

Quick, cheap and dirty deamon.

Music videos often have close to no budget and crazy deadlines, at least from my experience.
Me and skilled prop student Erik had about a week to make a complete daemon character plus some gore effects and props, this was for a music video for the band Dying Fetus.

I'm posting the process to show that you don't always need expensive materials and experience to make cool stuff. There is two quite obvious references for this character-  The reference i got from the director was the Mouth of Sauron from LoTR and my own reference, the ever so inspiring Guillermo del Toro.

Basic concept, insect meets plant meets human.
 The head and neck pieces are basically cut and sanded polystyrene on a cardboard base, twigs stuck on and everything wrapped with masking tape and then covered with a couple layers of tissue paper and a mix of PVA glue, cheap wood filler, paint and water.


We tried to keep the fabric in the joints, but this would be filmed in a dark room so small breaks wouldn't be a big problem. it was painted with acrylics and some extra varnish between the "scales" to make it look a bit more organic.

The rest of the costume was basically a black shroud, the scales was cut from an old doormat i found in a ditch (!)  and a bunch of black garbage bags, strips from the bags was twisted and half melted with a heatgun into the stringy bits.

After doing a bit of simple makeup and some 40- minutes Super Sculpey teeth (probably not very healthy but I was the one going to wear it anyway) it was done. and ready for test shoot.

To see the final video go here- Directed by Jakob Arevärn


  1. That is damn well awesome! Is there anything you can't make :)

  2. You just keep impressing. I may have to hire you to do a trailer for one of my books. I did my own for "Nothing Men," but that isn't the kind of story you would normally work with anyway. I have a project or two I think you would work well for...

    1. Please do, the variety of story's I can work with is a lot wider than it seems, I assure you :)

  3. Wow... saw this on Propnomicon. It's amazing, reminiscent of a lot of things (Shoggoths, Pan's Labyrinth, LOTR's Mouth of Sauron), but still super creative and original. I love the bit about the doormat found in a ditch, if you were lucky it gave a bonus "demonic stench" to the finished product ;)

  4. Very nice and very well done. a man after my own heart.

  5. Brilliant job. Looks great on camera. Thank you for sharing your process.

  6. Beyond amazing. Got my halloween inspiration. Thanks for sharing your twisted creations with us. LOVE your vision.

  7. Great and very creative creature. And a really good job.