September 28, 2015 at 4:14AM


How do I achieve this on a low budget?

Hi guys

Shooting a film next year and looking at various shots -

One the director and I are very dubious about is a scene where a man is in a coat on a beach. The man disappears and the coat falls to the floor - similar to his scene from paranormal activity - - However the man wont be totally covered - he is wearing a trench coat.

If you can help out with tips I would very much appreciate it!

Thanks all the best


This looks like it could have been done with very fine "invisible" transparent thread, where you either attach multiple threads to get the "head" shape, and then release them all at once. Or you have a very shallow curved form under the fabric that is made out of a light material that is attached to "invisible" threads, that are suddenly released all at once.

September 28, 2015 at 3:21PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

AM currently still researching - thank you -

Have maybe thought about trying some trickery with green screen (some stuff I've done before)

Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it :)

David Dearlove

September 30, 2015 at 10:18AM

I would love to see what you come up with! I am looking that sort of thing up to, I want an effect where someone disappears slowly but mine is easier since it is into fog so easier to achieve... good luck, hard to achieve ideas with smaller budgets!

October 2, 2015 at 10:55PM

Searean Moon

I am guessing they had a round disk likely of foam suspended but later painted out the wires,

October 3, 2015 at 10:14AM, Edited October 3, 10:14AM


3d cloth simulation? Pretty decent nowadays.

October 5, 2015 at 7:27AM

Tobias N
Director of Photography

If you don't have access to someone who can do it in post via cloth simulators in 3D software as Tobias mentioned (they have to be very good at it), or if you want to do this in-camera as much as possible, then your best bet is probably to create a placeholder "body" made of a large balloon (you can try manipulating its shape with rope to some degree). Then you simply pop the balloon. Then maybe utilize some simple compositing/rotoscoping to marry it to the shot of the actual guy.

October 5, 2015 at 11:40AM

Jaan Shenberger
designer/animator & live-action director/DP

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