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Special Effect Experiment: Hovering Object

I’m currently planning the next episodes. However, they are taking longer to plan because they are technically harder to do. Those are fun stuff for me to try though. For example, in a future episode, I’m planning to use this effect that I’ve been meaning to try.

My objective is to make something appear to be floating in the air using editing tricks without green screen or animation. So in the following video, I try to make some Scotch tape hover in the air. Why Scotch tape? No good reason. That just happened to be an object sitting on my desk and it’s not going to break if I accidentally drop it… unlike the cup.

Trying it for the first time, I’m satisfied with the result overall. It wasn’t perfect and can use some improvements, but hey, that hovering looks pretty darn cool to me. Anyone want to guess how it’s done? Here’s a hint.


  1. June 17th, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    This is awesome. I love the floating scotch tape. I want to hear or make up a story about the scotch tape. Is it a ghost? Does it have unfinished business? Or maybe it’s a super smart scotch tape that has figured out how to defy gravity.

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  2. June 17th, 2008 | 9:37 pm

    Hm, that’s totally not what I was thinking at all. Sounds like an interesting story though. 😉

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