Jon Hyers here with a question to home haunters about a "new direction" I might do for my video FX business, only if it's something that would be HIGHLY WANTED. I know that if I made a cell phone GUARANTEED to hypnotize you into a trance and go wandering off in amazement and glee, 900 Billion people would want it. Clearly, if you watch the news, the cell phone is thee single most favorite thing ever made. I don't make cell phones, just a comparison of something that people MUST HAVE.
My idea is to offer CUSTOM PERSONALIZED GHOSTS of your family, friends, coworkers, etc which would be made from our latest CGI ghosts, putting "YOU" on the ghosts framework and then animated this, in the same way one of our stock DVDS would do. So what you get back is a projectable Ghosts for your Halloween that is YOU, Friends, Etc. In an odd way, it's sort of like the personalized Avatar you can make with the WII games.
Apologies to anyone HERE who thinks I'm marketing, because I am truly Simply Asking the Question. There is no such business. So what I want to know, please, is a typed response more then, "Yep, I like it".....something that comes from only people who really would love to see their son, daughter, family, friends, work-buddies, made into a Ghost Sequence. People who would truly enjoy this, think it's fun.
How would it work?
I've done film and video since about 1976, I know for a fact that this is possible to do, WITHOUT a user - or taker, to have a green screen, or blue screen. In concept, people would video [most likely with that cell phone I talked about] since camcorders are less and less these days, video their "people" in front of a white wall or Black Night Sky, standing and doing their thing. It would be loaded up to a server [not sure the tech details] but the video gets shared, like with drop-box, and on my end, I take the footage, and combine it into my template FX project. When I'm done, they get it back, completed as a media file, DVD or even Blueray.
I edited this post, after the first reply. Good question, what would the $ Cost be?
The process of doing this reminds me of the Decades I used to Produce Dance Competition Shows, where people could get a custom VHS tape or DVD of just their dance. So the Custom Creating of the Custom Ghost must be priced somewhere between the cheapest Halloween FX DVD $20.00 and the most expensive I've seen by a High Buck Attraction builder that sells animations for $700.00, so as you react to my post, let's say that PER ONE PERSON [per individual ghost], $35.00 + shipping if put on DVD. If it's a Family, $100 for 4-6 people something along those lines. Ghost Motion Choices would be easily previewable on the website with some choices of moves. These would be STOCK MOVES and ghost bodies, but Custom Faces and Torso that would be the Customers.
Similar things out there in history? SURE! Theme parks large and small have old fashioned photos, your face on a coin, in a calendar, on a Weight Lifter's body, star in a Movie Thing I've seen all over. I actually did this from 1988-1990 with Santa Clause Movie, set up in Malls where Family literally went on a BlueScreen adventure with Santa, and got a 30 minute VHS tape, for $200. And for a decade I produced Custom Movies with Historic Inns, the Murder Mystery Movie.
Many of you out there who were born, before Paper pretty much went away - saw such things like this on the back of Various Magazines in the Ads Section.
I'd like to know if this is something the Home haunter would want. Certainly no Haunted Attraction Location would care for it. But the technology exists to do this very quickly. Let me know. I DON"T need to know if you don't like it.
So if that's the case, just don't reply. But if you really DO like it and would love to see this happen, [I guess just like you'd love more and newer cell phones and fantastic new Food to come out]....thanks JON Hyers
OH, and please if you got a question ASK, I'll answer it when I am back online. Thanks
I added a new Ghost photo of mine, which paints the visual picture of one version it could look like.