In-Camera Transformation Effect

Taught By:

Lauren Haroutunian

Description:

RJFS recreates a famous special effect done by director Rouben Mamoulian and DP Karl Struss in the 1931 adaptation of "Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde."

Lesson Plan

For the month of October RocketJump FRIGHT School releases spooky, horror-themed filmmaking tutorials! This week, we're recreating a famous special effect done by director Rouben Mamoulian and DP Karl Struss in the 1931 adaptation of "Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde."

Using contrasting colors in our lighting and makeup while shooting in black and white, we're able to create the spooky transformation effect in-camera, without any computer generated VFX.

Mamoulian and Struss used specially-made filters of colored glass, but here we'll show you a simple way to recreate the effect with lighting gels, using the same principles.

Special Thanks to our makeup artist Taylor Berez!

If you'd like to know more, you can read an interview with Rouben Mamoulian where he discusses the effect in the book "The Celluloid Muse" by Charles Higham.

Did you try out this effect? We wanna see it! Post your work on our forums by submitting below or clicking "Discuss This Lesson."

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