Ok, you’ll prolly think I am nuts

This has bothered me for many moons.

You are watching a movie, and in the movie, there is a picture of one of the characters in their youth. Now, sometimes, this is a picture of some random guy. Other times, however, it is obviously a picture of the actor him/herself (from days of yore). Even more confusing, is that sometimes, the picture is obviously the actor, with ANOTHER one of the actors from the film.

How the hell do they do this? I presume that it would be pretty easy to do with one actor, since you could just pick some picture from their past. But two actors? What are the odds that not only did these two actors chill in their youth, but that pictures were taken?

Now, I can think of a few ways to handle this situation. You could Photoshop two different pictures together, to create a faked picture of the actors together… You could get some damn fine lookalikes to pose…

Anyone know how they do it for sure? Anyone care?

2 thoughts on “Ok, you’ll prolly think I am nuts

  1. movie magic

    In most cases, I think it’s simply a matter of using make-up and old clothes to create an “old” photograph for a movie. Now sometimes this doesn’t work, depending on the age of this character in the present and when the photograph was supposedly taken – for those times I’d assume they do what you suggested Grahams, use an actual old photograph of the actor. Or I suppose they could find another actor that is the right age and looks like the present character – heck, there are plenty of actors out there.

    But those are just shots in the dark, I’d love to know the “rule” for creating old photographs of movie characters within movies.

    1. Re: movie magic

      In most cases, I think it’s simply a matter of using make-up and old clothes to create an “old” photograph for a movie.[…]

      But those are just shots in the dark, I’d love to know the “rule” for creating old photographs of movie characters within movies.

      I am very curious to know the real answer…. I think that the make-up theory is definately plausible in some cases, but others it simply doesn’t work. Good idea though, I am sure that is one of the techniques.

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