October 28, 2012 7:42 AM   Subscribe

Hallowindow The very talented Mark Gervais makes movies for projection in the window on Halloween. Some examples have been posted on Youtube, but the genuine article is worth every penny.
posted by Tarn (17 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
These are rather cool. Or should I say ghoul?
posted by arcticseal at 8:23 AM on October 28, 2012

Whoa, I think I'm going to break out the small crappy projector I bought a few years ago and try this in my front windows this year. Thanks for the find, Tarn!
posted by mathowie at 8:55 AM on October 28, 2012

My downstairs neighbor has the red lurching zombies one going on a loop, and I can confirm that it is, in fact, creepy as shit.
posted by Adridne at 8:58 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

This spider projection gives me the heebie-jeebies.
posted by cazoo at 9:05 AM on October 28, 2012

I made my own by looping a close-up video of my cat licking his butt. It's totally worth it for the money you'll save on candy.
posted by orme at 9:08 AM on October 28, 2012 [4 favorites]

Loop of fire...
ZombieRomney speaking...
behind a podium...
with a presidential seal.
posted by hal9k at 9:42 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

Stupid question but shouldn't the text be backwards if it is being projected at a window and being meant to be seen from outside?
posted by The Hyacinth Girl at 9:53 AM on October 28, 2012

Cool! Makes me wonder how much tweaking it would take to combine the glowing eye projection footage with a motion sensor so that the eye would follow the trick or treaters down the sidewalk.
posted by ceribus peribus at 9:56 AM on October 28, 2012

Stupid question but shouldn't the text be backwards if it is being projected at a window and being meant to be seen from outside?

Yeah, I read their FAQ and they say their DVDs offer backwards versions of every video, plus most projectors have a button or mode to horizontally flip the image for rear-projection. There might also be a way to make that work in your OS' display preferences.
posted by mathowie at 10:02 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yeah, the one with the shadow lurching around behind the curtain and then suddenly pulling it back to reveal itself as a ghoul would be awesome if you could rig it to ONLY pull back the curtain whenever anyone walks within X feet of the house.
posted by hippybear at 10:02 AM on October 28, 2012

Last year I looped a scene from Nosferatu. This year it will be Frankenstein. I'm sticking with the classics. InfiniteLooper makes it easy.

Still, these are very well done.
posted by esc67 at 10:56 AM on October 28, 2012

heading from that video into more silhouette things [because the silhouette window guy was the best], I found:
this clip of a 1922 paper cutout cinderella movie which is amazing
and this clip of a brothers grimm story I had never heard of before.

The infinite looper thing seems useful, and I will play with that.
posted by Acari at 11:15 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

Wow. The fact that the eyes show up first and then the teeth/growl really draw the viewer in. The jackolantern is my total fav. Yeah, it def makes me want to have my own projector to do this in my neightborhood. The neightborhood kids would totally freak out.
posted by jacksmitty at 2:13 PM on October 28, 2012

Would I be correct that this is being projected on a piece of fabric? Sheet or something?
posted by HuronBob at 2:53 PM on October 28, 2012

I set this up last night, you can see a great dual eyes video looping here.

I have a macbook pro, and an old small digital projector I bought several years ago for <$500 ostensibly to practice presentations with at home. You could probably use one of those micro pocket projectors that are even cheaper these days. We have cheap white tab curtains in the front windows that I projected on and it worked really well at night.

My front house windows are double, side by side so each one is narrow and tall. Almost none of the Hallowindow movies works there because of the break in the middle of the movie from all the window casing (there is a one-foot strip that can't be seen out front in between the windows). So I grabbed the two eyes movie, moved the projector back and up enough that the eyes were centered on each window, and it kind of works perfectly. The eyes movie isn't too spooky, some of their ghost and zombie ones would freak out younger kids but simple eyes shouldn't be too crazy.

This would work perfectly if you had a large picture window right next to your front door with no screens of any kind in it. They you could just put up a white sheet and project from behind.

I can't wait to see kids reactions tonight.
posted by mathowie at 10:10 AM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

That's pretty awesome, mathowie! What did the kids think?

A house in my neighborhood had the spider one -- I didn't realize what it was exactly until I saw this post today. It was pretty scary. One of my other neighbors said they took it down after a while because the house wasn't getting any trick-or-treaters!
posted by bluefly at 12:18 PM on November 1, 2012

Kids loved it! It was a huge hit. I purposely chose a tame video to not scare kids.
posted by mathowie at 1:54 PM on November 2, 2012

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