Need ideas for creating a prop


New member
Hello! I am a student filmmaker and I am working on a film and need some help with a prop for a particular scene. In the scene, someone accidentally drops a live goldfish into a glass of red wine. I don't want to use anything in the glass that isn't water, as I don't want to actually kill/sicken the goldfish. Any thoughts on how to fake dark liquid? It is shot in black& white, so color doesn't matter. I was thinking of maybe painting the glass, but that may look too fake.

Thank you! Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Maura B.

The Last Black Unicorn
Staff member
Film the scene with and without the fish from the same angle. Then use masking tool to make it fit :) Worst case, you can always edit it frame by frame.

Olivia Perez

Active member
Oh dear, now this is a real challenge! Your concern for the little fish is lovely. How about using tea? I don't believe it would harm the little fish if you would use black tea. You will not let that fish in that tank for long and I doubt it will harm him.