Man, this guy must give Photoshop a workout.
April 2, 2001 11:58 AM   Subscribe

Man, this guy must give Photoshop a workout. "An Invisible is a screen shot from a movie in which some or all of the actors have been completely removed from their clothing. It's your job to figure out what the movie is." New film trivia site: Filmwise. Fun stuff.
posted by robbie01 (33 comments total)
Wow, wow, wow! That is some damn fine Photoshop work. You would think whoever is doing it could get a high paying job somewhere.
posted by quirked at 12:09 PM on April 2, 2001

I was tempted to enter "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" for all the answers. ;)
posted by kindall at 12:22 PM on April 2, 2001

Ghost in the shell
posted by jfuller at 12:55 PM on April 2, 2001

I can understand how they cut the people out, but does anyone know how they reconstructed the background?
posted by isildur at 12:57 PM on April 2, 2001

How do they reconstruct the background? - Talent and patience.
posted by quirked at 1:01 PM on April 2, 2001

"actors have been completely removed from their clothing"

Boy, did I read *that* wrong...
posted by Tubes at 1:10 PM on April 2, 2001

Oh, thanks Tubes, I thought it was just my dirty mind.
posted by Octaviuz at 1:12 PM on April 2, 2001

Tubes, me too.... I'm at work and clicked the link then got ready to Quit netscape asap if the "wrong" image came up...

I'm SUCH a risk taker...

this is probably the 1000th time I've brought this up, but since it was/is my favorite thing on the web.. I will mention it again.


and in related news, the artist, John Haddock, is part of the current Whitney exhibit called bitstreams. I'm gonna go friday night forFREE. anyone wanna make it MeFi night at the Whitney.

posted by darkpony at 1:18 PM on April 2, 2001

Anybody else get their best score in the "toilet humor" category?
posted by gimli at 1:35 PM on April 2, 2001

I did okay in the toilet humour, but I kicked major butt on the guitar category. 10 for 10, go me!
posted by Dreama at 1:38 PM on April 2, 2001

Wow, Dreama. That's excellent, especially considering there were only 8 questions! :-) I got 6 out of 8. Does that make me 75% as cool as Dreama?

BTW, D, what's "Zero Effect"?
posted by jpoulos at 1:56 PM on April 2, 2001

jp, Zero Effect starred Bill Pullman & Ben Stiller. Pullman played a secretive private investigator and Stiller was his assistant. I highly recommend it.
posted by gimli at 2:04 PM on April 2, 2001

My best score so far has been in the the "Swimsuit Edition" category.

Your score:
7 out of 8

posted by pnevares at 2:11 PM on April 2, 2001

Yes! Zero Effect was a seriously funny movie. Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman were both brilliant.
posted by wiremommy at 2:18 PM on April 2, 2001

Would be nice if they had a wider range of movies. In the first three invisibles sections I went to, they all had shots of The Big Lebowski (which I've never seen). They also seem to have a fixation for Jim Carrey. And yes, I'm trying to make excuses for my poor scores.
posted by gluechunk at 2:28 PM on April 2, 2001

Their checking system is also not too great. Unless you know the full and axact title of the movie, you get counted as a wrong answer.
posted by DragonBoy at 2:56 PM on April 2, 2001

Dragon Boy: it seems to fudge a little bit though, "the" doesn't throw it off for me. :)
posted by pnevares at 3:01 PM on April 2, 2001

on the other hand, although "Se7en" is the correct spelling of the movie's title, it counted me wrong, and said "Seven" was right. :\
posted by pnevares at 3:04 PM on April 2, 2001

Here's a bit more of their visual quizzes. I must say tho, that this one is genius! (my scores sucked btw)
posted by samsara at 3:05 PM on April 2, 2001

The backgrounds are reconstructed using nearby frames, I'd guess. As long as the shot's pretty still, you'll get many chunks of the scene to assemble as actors move around.
posted by droob at 3:21 PM on April 2, 2001

I don't even want to know how long or hard it must have been to do Pinhead from Hellraiser.
posted by crushed at 4:02 PM on April 2, 2001

The creator is my friend, and roommate. Let me tell you, he is in his room ALL NIGHT LONG working on this site. I call his room the dungeon, and he is chained to his computer... but, the results are incredible. He has over 500 DVDs, and would welcome your input as to what you think about the site, what movies he should use, etc... I know that he loves the response from people like you!
posted by adversesidefx at 4:31 PM on April 2, 2001

His retouching work is phenomenal. Great site, overall.
posted by waxpancake at 6:46 PM on April 2, 2001

I got all of the "Child's view" entries right except for one (which I hadn't seen). Please tell me that that doesn't say anything about me...
posted by fooljay at 7:47 PM on April 2, 2001

Et tu, fooljay? I was almost afraid to admit it.
posted by OneBallJay at 8:05 PM on April 2, 2001

Hah! I got 0 out of 8. Seriously.
posted by Mars Saxman at 8:58 PM on April 2, 2001

Okay, 8 out of 8, 100%, blah, whatever. I just know my guitar player movies. In any case, it's a totally butt kicking piece of work. Kudos to adversesidefx's roomie, whoever he is.
posted by Dreama at 8:59 PM on April 2, 2001

Wow, those picture are kinda kinky in a weird sorta way (and I'm not even talking about the whole "actors being removed from their clothing" thing). hmmm
posted by ookamaka at 9:35 PM on April 2, 2001

...and for Tubes and Octaviuz, the Fake Detective. Where celebrities have been ... separated from their clothing.
posted by dhartung at 10:14 PM on April 2, 2001

Woohoo! That's more like it. Thanks dhartung.
posted by Tubes at 10:58 PM on April 2, 2001

Okay, this is he. This is the FilmWise boy (well, one of the two). Thanks for all of the comments. To answer a couple of questions:

1. Each Invisible takes me around 10 minutes on average. (More if I use nearby frames, which I usually do, less if I don't.)

2. True, the checking system is not perfect, but it's better than we'd hoped. My alternative was to use dropdowns (bad) or multiple choice (worse). As it is, it will accept answers if you put most of the key words in, and it will catch some spelling errors. In general though, the more of the title you type, the better. (And the better you spell, the better, of course...)

3. As for the high-paying job, if you know anybody who needs a graphic designer that specializes in making actors invisible, post away.

4. Now that the site is up, I'm not spending ALL night working on it (thank you Derek), just most of it.

Thanks again. You guys rock.
posted by filmwise at 11:32 PM on April 2, 2001

Hey Filmwise Boy, I just wanted to tell you that I thought your site is GREAT! I'm having a lot of fun with it!
posted by Sal Amander at 9:02 AM on April 3, 2001

God, Filmwise, I would think Industrial Light and Magic could use your talents, no??
posted by fooljay at 4:33 PM on April 3, 2001

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