NIGHT OWL: Making Foam Weapons and Props For Cosplay and Film
with Matthew Walther
Reserve your spot
-- it's Free!
Free Night Owl Series*
September 15-17, 2021
from 9:00pm-12:00am EDT
(6-9pm PT, 7-10pm MT, 8-11pm CT,
1-4am GMT, 2-5am BST)
About the course
Do you have a costume that needs that little bit extra to really make it stand out? Are you filming a scene that needs a bit of violence, but don't want anyone to get hurt by the props? This class is just what you need to make safe, lightweight props perfect for any occasion. You will learn all about how to make weapons and other items out of foam floor mats, or “EVA” foam, one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make highly detailed, yet light and durable props with.
In this class you will learn how to work with the foam, including several tools you probably already have at your disposal. You will learn several different methods on how to make your prop, including stacking, boxing, sculpting, and so on to add huge amounts of detail you may never have thought possible. You'll also be able to follow along and make your own cool looking props, from a futuristic space gun to an old, battle worn medieval ax! Perfect for beginners and advanced makers alike.
About The Instructor
Matthew has always loved building things, even at a young age. He caught the bug very early on, after attending local conventions for several years and seeing people dress up in costumes, though he never fully got into making his own costumes until a few years later, when he was introduced to the wonder that is foam fabrication.
In 2012, he made his first full set of armor out of foam floor mats and was hooked. Ever since then, he has cut thousands of pieces of foam and turned them into armor, weapons, and even gigantic costumes and creatures, always learning and improving his methods and skills.
Matthew has won several awards for his builds, including Best Video Game Representation, several Judge's Choice awards, and even Best Overall Master's Category for a costume he entered into the Intermediate Category. Participating in contests is just a fun side thing for him, however, since the more fulfilling thing for him is to share the things he has learned with other people who are interested in making something, but don't quite know where to start.