Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Imagineering 101: Haunted Mansion SFX II
I know... I'm a Cartoonist, so should be cartooning, but I had this sudden urge to reproduce the Pepper's ghost effect that makes the Haunted Mansion's Ballroom so very special... and haunting!
As you can see in the photo above, this was a very low budget stunt, cobbled together in my studio very quickly. I promise that one day I will do this much better.. and hopefully wil not be as embarrassed as I am now of the results. :0)
Here 'tis... live and in color;
So the dancing ghosts in The Mansion's ballroom are an illusion... another happy accident in which it is discovered that you can see images reflected off of glass while at the same time seeing objects through the glass. This effect actually goes back decades ago, and was a quite popular effect in the theatre.
So... if there is an award out there for Worst Movie Created by a Cartoonist, please be sur eto nominate me. :0) And if you liked this, you'll love the Haunted Statue demonstration I made last time, here.
And please forgive me for explaining the magic behind The Mansion, but I really don't think anything can take away from it's wonder.
Cheers, JOHN :0)
UPDATE: I actually have done this on a larger, better scale, so check it out, please! At this link.