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#1 Lindsey Sitz

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 12:56 PM

Hey All,

 
I am directing a short comedy, "Cowlick" (https://www.facebook.com/cowlickfilm), and I need my lead character's hair to stick up like alfalfa from "The Little Rascals."
 
The cowlick will pop up while on camera (meaning we need it to go from shellacked to his head to pointing up sky-high). We are thinking that attaching some type of fishing wire or thread to a well gelled "cowlick" might do the trick, but wanted to see if anyone had better suggestions.
 
We have a test shoot coming up and will be able to try just about anything. My lead's hair is jet black.
 
Thanks so much!

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 01:38 PM

I'm not an fx person but I would think you could create a hinged lock of hair that could be pushed up with a stiff wire or thin rod from directly behind so that the head blocks the rig, though it would only work in a close-up where the hair person can hide behind the actor. For a wide shot a fishing line and perhaps fishing pole could do the lift.
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#3 JD Hartman

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 03:22 PM

You might post you question on the performing theater board,  ControlBooth dot com    Maybe in the makeup section, I don't think this gag would qualify as a special effect.


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