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Sleepy Hollow - Rotating Candle - Light Image Projector
Candles flicker no? YES. So when the little boy lights the three candles and closes the door, it projects images of witches and cats and ghoulish entities onto the walls. These images are perfectly crisp and VERY white. Candles flicker and are yellow. The light inside was not three candles but an incandescent light bulb, not invented until well into the next century.
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Mark O'Polo on 05-30-2000
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Ben writes:
Firstly, how can it be an incandecent lighbulb if you see the candles? secondly, It would be possible to make it turn by having angular slots in the top of the lantern, the heat from the three CANDLES would turn the lantern around like sails on a windmill. Thirdly, so what if the images are sharp and white, although it's not accurate the whole house scene would be much worse if there were dim fuzzy yellow shapes flying about... Fourthly, as Tim Burton says on the DVD comentary, the lantern effect was very difficult to produce, and if you think about it he probably means, it looked crap with candles. Fithly, I don't really care about the acuraccy, it's a damn good movie and this is one of the best scenes
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Judd writes:
If the projected images from the candles are such a big deal to you why does the fact that the story contains a headless horseman go unquestioned?
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Steve Crow writes:
Also note that the images are projected on the walls, and on the boy's mother as she enters the room...but not on the boy himself sitting directly in front of it (showing they're being projected from off-camera).
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epic writes:
You'll also notice the image on the rotating cylinder does not align with the projection on the wall.
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mlea writes:
First off. The toy is similar to the rotating angle candles. Simple physics. Hot air rises off the candles and some fan like blades turn. As for the images being so crisp. I think that was to help set the mood for what was going to happen. It is a very creepy effect.
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Marshal Of Oz writes:
Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but the fact that the rotating cylinder is ROTATING, suggests a mechanical/electrical device is turning it, and I know of no such device invented for that purpose at that time in history.
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