Monday, March 9, 2009

Bogus Beasts for Your Film Project

Monsters are always a favorite of young film makers. But since they don't have much resources to make convincing computer graphics, makeup effects, or props, it sometimes takes some ingenuity, but not necessarily a big expense.

Consider the photograph above of what appears to be an appearance of a creature of folklore in the Philippines - the manananggal - a supernatural monster-human that flies off into the night with only a torso attached to bat wings and eats babies. It's been making the rounds of the Internet lately. At first glance, it appears to be real, but its actually a kite made of bamboo and painted Manila paper! You can download it to see the "monster" in more detail (left). Anyone who knows how to make kites can do it!

Another good example of a movie creature effect in a photograph is by using Photoshop. Just look at the image of a supposedly real photograph of the mythical Nabah, a Bornean monster of the river Baleh (left). Judging by the size of the snake-like creature, it should be over a hundred feet long and at least several feet wide at the head. Is it real? Well, just like the photograph of the manananggal, it seems too perfect and too well-framed in the picture. Also, there should be other pictures of these two creatures since they are both moving. Wouldn't you take more than one?

Even though the example pictures here are not convincing enough to fool people for them to believe them to be real, they just might be good enough for the movies! Check out this video footage that's supposedly that of the Loch Ness monster swimming. What do you think of it?

This beast looks horrifying, but it's the creation of filmmakers' imaginations. It's from the classic horror movie, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and it's one of the most iconic horror monsters ever! You can become the creature himself by purchasing this mask. Click here or on the picture to place your order.

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