Have you ever wondered how cinematographers create the floating ghost head in movies and photographs? Nowadays, you can photo chop a photo or a video sequence. But that takes a lot of post-processing work. How did old-school photographers do it? And how can you do it without editing each individual video frame manually to remove a body or using expensive software to rotoscope the body out of the footage?
In this article, Nicole Reptar, who produces Magic Floating Head videos on Fiverr, explains, demonstrates, and reveals how to produce a Magic Floating Head video, using old-fashion special effects. Using this technique, you can produce the Magic Floating Head at home or on stage. Nicole is an actress, model, singer, and provides voice-over talent. This how-to video that she helped us create is fun and entertaining to watch. Watch the video below.
Although this article uses a video to demonstrate this special effect, the same technique applies to a photograph taken with a still camera.
This video tutorial discusses various materials needed to create the magic head illusion. Materials covered includes background, wardrobe, iMovie editing, film effect, lighting, and QuickTime export. At the of the tutorial, Nicole provides tips and tricks on camcorder selection and acting to avoid destroying the illusion.