OK, Im kind of a newbie... but Im trying to figure out how to do a NON static , flying Madame Leota effect.... ultimately incorporate my flying crank ghost with a projection on the head - but i cant figure out how the best way would be... any ideas?
Wow! That looks like something you'd see in Disney's Haunted Mansion! Very nice.
Sorry, I can't think of a way you could project an image on a moving object like that. It would somehow have to be internal inside the head somehow.
I remember reading somewhere how to create your own vacuum molded mask that will allow you to do rear projection through the mask which is the same technology used at Disney. The early floating leota was front projection and then switched. For what you are lookin to do could be done from front projection however you would have to track the floating "screen" using software, but you would have to make sure the screen uses the same path every time and that they are timed properly. I would be fairly easy to do in the program called Motion by Apple. Its part of their video suite of software, is pricey and will only run on a mac but could do what you are looking to do in 15 minutes of work. There may be a windows program you can use as well. If you do front projection the fog may have an impact on the quality and effect.
I'm sure it's possible, but I don't know of any off the shelf way to do it. Like WDI said, the video could be made to track up and down with Motion or After Effects, but the problem would be syncing the motion of the fcg with the video.
use paint thinner or acetone to clean of the decorations, then very lightly coat the inside of the mask with a coat of white paint. Use spray paint with the can held 12-18 to do this. This will be the rear projection surface.
Then you will need a first surface mirror. They can be scavenged out of old rear projection televisions or these are kind of small, but could work depending on the light path layout: