Practical FX, Acting Techniques, and Shooting Techniques for Hulk Outs

James Dahlbender James Dahlbender Jacksonville, NC
Hey guys!

I'm an animator, music composer, sound designer, actor, writer, and filmmaker. I mainly do animated stuff, but in the future, I'm thinking about also getting into making live action stuff, especially for comedy and horror stuff. Do you guys have any advice on practical/make up effects, acting techniques, and shooting techniques for hulk transformations a la the 1978 Incredible Hulk series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno?

James Dahlbender 
Renaissance Guy


  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi James,

    I don't believe we have anything that specifically covers that type of transition, in terms of how to shoot it in-camera as they did back in the 70s, but we do have a course that covers some common in-camera effects

    Otherwise, any of our courses on creating/applying makeup could be used as part of a transition.  For transitions, it is common to design multiple makeup applications that each represent different stages of the transition.  Then you can cut between them like The Howling or American Werewolf in London, fade between them like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man for a more old-school effect, or morph between them.

    This video features some classic transformation scenes.  While the subject for all of these is werewolves, the same techniques are used for hulk, Dr. Jekyll, etc.

  • James Dahlbender James Dahlbender Jacksonville, NC
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