"Game Of Thrones," Jaime Lannister's Sword

Tony Swatton recently recreated Jaime Lannister’s sword from Game of Thrones on his web series, Man at Arms.

"Hunger Games," Weapons Pile

"I rented a bunch of pieces to them--spears and stock items. The pile was featured in the movie and we sold those pieces afterward."

"Hunger Games," Peeta's Spear

"I rented a bunch of pieces to them--spears and stock items. The pile was featured in the movie and we sold those pieces afterward."

"Thor," The Infinity Gauntlet

"For this film, I did the guard swords and the Infinity Gauntlet, which is essentially a golden glove with gems on it. I also created the Infinity Sword. Most of these pieces were only briefly shown on screen, though."

"Thor," The Infinity Gauntlet

"For this film, I did the guard swords and the Infinity Gauntlet, which is essentially a golden glove with gems on it. I also created the Infinity Sword. Most of these pieces were only briefly shown on screen, though."

"Thor," The Infinity Sword

"For this film, I did the guard swords and the Infinity Gauntlet, which is essentially a golden glove with gems on it. I also created the Infinity Sword. Most of these pieces were only briefly shown on screen, though."

"Pirates Of The Caribbean," Jack Sparrow's Cutlass

"I made most of the principle character swords for the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I probably did 200 swords for the first movie while also making more than 100 weapons for Master and Commander at the same time, and also 600 swords for The Last Samurai."

"Pirates Of The Caribbean," Jack Sparrow's Cutlass

"I made most of the principle character swords for the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I probably did 200 swords for the first movie while also making more than 100 weapons for Master and Commander at the same time, and also 600 swords for The Last Samurai."

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End," Zombie Quartermaster Stacked Skull Dagger, and Blackbeard's Crown Pommel Dagger

"I made most of the principle character swords for the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I probably did 200 swords for the first movie while also making more than 100 weapons for Master and Commander at the same time, and also 600 swords for The Last Samurai."

"Pirates Of The Caribbean," Elizabeth Swan's Sword

"I made most of the principle character swords for the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I probably did 200 swords for the first movie while also making more than 100 weapons for Master and Commander at the same time, and also 600 swords for The Last Samurai."

"Blade"

Swatton made all the swords for all three Blademovies.

"The Mask of Zorro," Elana's Sword

Swatton and his team made a wide variety of pieces for this film and its sequel, The Legend of Zorro.

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Living By The Sword: Meet The Man Who Makes Weapons For Katniss, Jack Sparrow And More

With his "Man at Arms" web series, propmaster Tony Swatton shows off his gift for making memorable weaponry by re-creating famous movie arsenals.

Tony Swatton is a pretty sharp guy. And he’s got the swords to prove it.

The formidable propmaster has created all manner of weapons for over 200 feature films, in the process becoming Hollywood’s go-to guy for battle-centric movies. In addition to his day job, though, Swatton has lately stepped out from behind the camera and into his own web series. Man at Arms challenges the swordsmith each week with a famous movie prop he must replicate. It’s a rare glimpse into the surprising world of prop-creation, which mirrors the making of actual weapons--something else the artist knows about.

Swatton got his start while working as a machinist right next door to a prop shop. Eventually, the latter saw the former’s armor and weapons and decided to take him on. The first job they commissioned Swatton for involved making sculptures for an installation at Disney World in Orlando. Naturally, the same client ended up referring Swatton to the people from the movie Hook, at which point his prop-making work began to take on a life of its own and led to high-profile projects like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Hunger Games.

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"I have more than 3,000 books pertaining to edge weapons and swords in my personal library for reference," Swatton says. "When I’m hired for a job, the art director or production designer will send in a design and I will work as closely as possible to that design, or sometimes I will give them my take on the design. I take a look at their source material and whatever additional information they supply, I do Internet searches and make sketches, and then I get the design signed off." He adds, "Frequently I nail it the first time, but I do as many as three to four revisions depending on what the client wants and what they need."

In the web series, Man at Arms, Swatton uses tools like a plasma cutter ("It’s like harnessing the power of the sun") to make functional replicas of both contemporary and classic movie weapons. Below, watch an episode in which Tony forges Jaime Lannister’s sword from Game of Thrones, and the most recent episode, where he re-creates Odd Job’s hat from Goldfinger. Also look through the slide show above for details on how some of his best known props were created.


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