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Light Paint the Proton Streams from ‘Ghostbusters’ Using an LED and a String

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We’ve featured the incredible visual effects work of Joey Shanks of Shanks FX before when he created homemade holograms . And today we’re back with yet another piece that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1984 film Ghostbusters: remaking the iconic proton streams using a clever light-painting technique.


The original scene from Ghostbusters was captured using both in-camera techniques, as well as post-production animation. Shanks’ method is slightly more straightforward, using only in-camera magic with the help of some string and LED lights.


Using a string strung between two points, Shanks then attaches an LED light to it via a small carabiner. By setting up a simple long exposure shot and through the use of trial and error with the trajectory of the moving LED light, Shanks eventually ends up with a very proton-looking piece of work using objects you likely have lying around the house.

(via Gizmodo)

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