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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2008 Countdown #3 - Window Silhouette

Inspired by Dave Lowe, I decided to make myself a little homage to Nosferatu, the 1923 German silent movie (if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it). In a couple of hours, I managed to recreate the classic scene in which Count Orlock creeps up the stairs.

I began by bringing an image off Google into Photoshop, where I fixed the perspective. I then projected the image onto a scrap piece of foam core in order to trace the outline.

I cut out the outline and taped it together (hey, nobody said it had to last a hundred years).
After taping it to the back of the curtain and turning on the light......I was pleasantly surprised to see the image at the top of the post. It's worth noting that the tape line is barely visible in person.

October 1st is tomorrow!


  1. GREAT JOB! So fun to see how one project can inspire another. That is one creepy window and gives me a chill. I love low tech simplicity with big pay off.

  2. This is so amazingly cool. I don't think I've ever seen a silhouette put to better use! Seriously, you have no idea how awesome I think this is... like, almost 17-inch black light awesome. This better be up when I come!!!!

  3. How did you get the aged, misty looking results? Did you use special lighting or fabric?
    Love your work by the way. Plan on buying the haunted tombstone effects for next year.

    1. Oh, interesting question. I hadn't really done any of that intentionally, but here's what's going on. The fabric is canvas, and it has some slight ripples the way it hangs. The light comes from above the window, so the shadow isn't consistent. Where the cutout doesn't quite touch the curtain, the light spills in. Hope that helps. Thanks for the compliment.