For Club God there is a quick scene where the writer, “Shecky,” is brought back to life by a paramedic. The shot is quick and so I fashioned a very low-tech defibrillator from some plumbing supplies, phone cords and an old tool box.
Before, during and after.
One of the most important pieces of information I learned from the DV Rebels Guide is that you only need to show enough for the audience to believe it. So, since the hands of the paramedic were going to be covering the paddles and since they were only going to be seen being removed from Shecky and then put away, then the amount of detail only needed to be minimal.
The inspiration, the reality, the fakery.
So, using some simple stuff and a paver to weight down the defibrillator case, I made something the camera will only see for a moment, but which the audience will know what it is. I used a picture I found on the internet as a guide to get my fake somewhere in the ball park.