Watch: How to Pull Off a Levitation Effect with Fishing Line
A little fishing line will help you pull off lots of great visual trickery for your films.
About a month ago we talked about fishing line and what kinds of items you'll want to keep on hand when using it on set for different special effects. Today, we dig into how to use those items to create those effects. In this video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, he covers how to hang, anchor, and choose fishing line for your awesome in-camera levitation effects, as well as a few tricks on how to make the process a whole lot easier. Check it out below:
These kinds of effects are really not that difficult to pull off. All you really need to get started is some fishing line, glue, and a C-stand (or something equally capable of holding up your subject). Once you've got these materials, you'll need to choose the right kind of line, and that decision is based on two variables: 1.) the weight of your object and 2.) the color of your background. Morgan suggests having 4-lb. brown, clear, and camouflage on hand.
After that it's just a matter of hanging your object to your C-stand (or whatever you've got) and anchoring it with glue. The video does a great job of showing you all of these important steps.
This is only one way to use fishing line for special effects, so if you know of any other methods, feel free to share them down in the comments!