Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Hollow Face Illusion.

Hi everyone!

Been a few days since my last post and really it's because I am slacking with the two props I am in the process of working on but with Christmas right around the corner it's been a little hard to get anything done so there might not be any prop updates till after the holidays however!... I do want to highlight a prop of mine that I have had for the last two years that I really like called the "Hollow Face Illusion."

Most home and pro haunters out there are probably familiar with this illusion so this is nothing new but it is one of my all time favorites! If you have ever been to the Haunted Mansion at Disney then you have seen this illusion at work.

Basically the Hollow Face Illusion is an optical illusion in which the perception of a concave mask of a face appears as a normal convex face.

A hollow face can appear to move its eyes faster than the viewer: looking forward when the viewer is directly ahead, but looking at an extreme angle when the viewer is only at a moderate angle. All in all the face appears to follow you as you walk by it.

I think this is such a great effect and if it is lit properly and in the right setting you will have a lot of people doing double takes. Below are a few pictures from the original hollow face illusions from the Disney Haunted Mansion ride as well as the two CG versions that appeared in the Eddie Murphy movie The Haunted Mansion.

I have also created a quick video of my hallow face illusion from my haunt. I have two of these guys a male and female bust but only shot the one, I think you will get the idea.

I hope you enjoy and please stay tuned in. Lot's of new stuff brewing for the new year so hopefully after the holidays we can really get to the good stuff!


CLC1905 said...

Hi, I have a question for you- I have had a following, hollow face illusion in our haunt but it's just a face, not a full bust. Did you make your busts or did you buy them? I've been all over the internet trying to find some that are hollow that I could use and I'm coming up empty handed. If I can avoid making them from scratch I'd sure love to. Thanks for any hints you can throw my way!

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