Due to less than popular, but occasional request, I attempted to recreate the Stalking Pumpkin effect this Halloween.
Here is a photo of the finished pumpkin:
Now, that may not look like much, and indeed may not be much, but it does kind of work.
Unfortunately, when I took my very first .mov video with my video camera, I could not get anything to read it, including the VLC media player that has its logo on it when I tried to upload it to Flickr.
Not sure what the problem is here. Very new to this. But, by Dog, I tried.
It does work, but most people don’t believe it until they see it.
Anyway, back to the photo. The white stuff is sealing caulk, because it’s hard to cut out a pumpkin face, flip it around backwards so that it is concave instead of convex, and have it fit without cracks. Cracks will ruin the whole illusion.
One tricky part of this is cutting at the proper angles so that the cutout face won’t just fall in to the pumpkin. I am starting to think of fixes for this as I go along. I just can’t understand why I don’t see these on the net, but maybe it’s because of the problems with getting it across on video. You have to do it in the dark, and keep the trajectory smooth, and if you do it perfectly, I guess it looks like you’re just standing in front of the pumpkin.
But AFK, its face appears to follow you as you walk past it. I learned about this from the same thing being done with concave metal sculpture at some art show about 25 years ago.