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    Lightbulb Static Chicken Wire Ghost, Surrounded by Swirling Fog?

    Happened across this video on YouTube a few months back, but had forgotten about it until now: 'Ghost Girl in London' - and thought that I'd share it with the Forum.



    Visually, I think, it's an impressive effect -- a static [actually, the video is larger than] life-sized humanoid figure, which appears to be composed only of swirling smoke. But it's one that I don't remember having seen used in anyone's haunts here on the Forum.

    Think I know how they created the effect in general, though I may be wrong on some of the particulars. Most likely they used chicken wire or other very fine mesh for the body form, with perforated clear plastic tubing running up through the torso/head and arms too. The smoke/fog is then pumped up through this tubing, but from the video it seems clear that:

    A) that they're using a fog machine that offers high-volume output, and

    B) that they're not chilling the fog at all.

    So I find myself wondering:

    C) How could one chill such a volume of fog sufficiently to get a denser, more lingering effect around the static figure, and yet retain enough momentum to pump the fog all the way up through the form? I'd imagine that lightly misting the chicken wire with cold water immediately before turning on the fogger might help the fog to cling better?

    D) Would it be possible to coat the chickenwire with either GITD or other blacklight reactive paint, and then have a glowing ghost wreathed in fog?
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    That is a really cool effect. One that I would be interested in attempting to duplicate. I'm not sure about the chicken wire. Although I could see the chicken wire being used as a frame. I would think the effect could be created by wrapping the chicken wire frame in a plastic wrap type material with perforations in it, then pumping the fog into the form. The plastic would hold fog inside enough to maintain the figure, but the fog leaking through the perforations would make it more insubstantial and give the clouding effect.
    Hmmm wonder if I can convince hubby to not pack away a fog machine after Halloween this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenfell Manor View Post
    That is a really cool effect. One that I would be interested in attempting to duplicate. I'm not sure about the chicken wire. Although I could see the chicken wire being used as a frame. I would think the effect could be created by wrapping the chicken wire frame in a plastic wrap type material with perforations in it, then pumping the fog into the form. The plastic would hold fog inside enough to maintain the figure, but the fog leaking through the perforations would make it more insubstantial and give the clouding effect.
    Hmmm wonder if I can convince hubby to not pack away a fog machine after Halloween this year?
    Been thinking along similar lines myself, but the material that came to mind was nylon. By stretching some nylon (from several pairs of pantyhose) over the chicken wire frame, that might contain enough of the fog (temporarily) to both fill up the body and slow it down.
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    I'm just curious if the nylon would be translucent enough. That is why I was thinking about doing the wire frame. Then using something like shrink wrap with a hair dryer to get a smooth tight fit. Only problem I could see is with any reflective issues from lighting.

    LOL, this one has gotten my brain working. I think it definitely has some awesome prop potential. And is something I am strongly considering experimenting with for next Halloween.
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    While on set this year, I was introduced to some professional fog guns. They run on propane and have a very different effect when it comes to smoke.
    There's one smoke gun in the ditch just before he picks up Sharon.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v_W8BHqKYA

    This is the unit used, http://www.smokemachines.net/buy-ext...moke-gun.shtml. probably work mucho betta for the ghost girl effect.

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    Ah, very interesting. Thanks for the info. Never heard of a fog gun before.

    Edited to add: More than a little pricey though. Would be nice to replicate (or at least come close to achieving) the effect for cheaper with a fog machine.
    Last edited by Saruman of Many Colours; 09-28-2012 at 04:01 AM. Reason: To clarify.
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    I am almost sure they are not making their own fog but instead placed the sculpture over a vent replacing the vent shaft. In many major cities you see vent shafts on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James B. View Post
    I am almost sure they are not making their own fog but instead placed the sculpture over a vent replacing the vent shaft. In many major cities you see vent shafts on the street.
    A good observation. Hadn't considered that possibility when I posted last night, but still wondering if this can be done on a smaller scale in one's yard haunt?
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    As my memory isn't what it once was , just cross-referencing with this thread re: the Chauvet Geyser: Chauvet Geyser...
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