How to make prop sword for sci-fi film?
This is actually two questions in one:
One: I'm making a sci-fi film. There's supposed to be a sword fight. However, I'm unsure what exactly the swords should be. It's set in present-day Earth, but there are aliens involved so I thought, maybe conventional swords are a bit old-fashioned. I considered lightsaber-like laser swords, but since lightsabers are so famous it almost becomes cheesy in anything else, you know? The setting is, two shuttles (one with the protagonist and one with the antagonist) are shooting at each other, both hit each other, and they both crash on this field. The two then engage in a fight with melee weapons of some sort. I just can't decide what those weapons would be. If they are conventional swords, why would they both have them? Etc. Does anyone have any ideas?
Second: with a prop sword or whatever sort of melee weapon, how would I make one for cheap? Like a fake sword or something, depends on what the answer to the above question is.