so that you only have one arm

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oddball
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I'm not dangerous I'm armless.......

OK I need to find out if there is either a method to strapping an actors arm up so that it appears that he only has one arm when wearing costume or if there is a corset thingy I can hire. sounds silly I know but I would not wish to cut off blood supply if possible. I spose I would just use a large quantity of bandaging..........but I want to achieve the effect so that there is minimal movement in that area of the joints.

It aint worth doing if it not doing it well if you catch my drift.

Oddball x

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very hard to do effectively .....
may be the reason that a lot of amputees were employed for special effects including the opening beach assault boat scene in 'saving private ryan' ...................

if using only uniforms/costumes , clever shooting angles may help disguise the fact that one side of the body is 'wider' where the arm is hidden.

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oddball
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Thanks
(I have a confession - I copied the crazy tiger and sent it to my girlfriend - he's so cute - she'll love it)

I think I'll opt for bandages. (Gaffa tape on hairy arms is a no no. I once did a part of a body cast in plaster for a piece of art I was making - having once studied fine art - I missed a bit on one leg with the vasiline - christ it hurt. )

The reason all this came up was that in a crackers French film called "Brotherhood of the Wolf" the baddie whom you are led to belive through most of the movie is one handed actually has one arm in a kind of corset affair. ( also the french mans girlfriend out of the Matrix2+3 was there to..... sigh)

I was wondering if it was a prop or weither they did exist somewhere. The actor I have in mind has 2 arms working reasonably well - (can't say much for his liver, tho - milk thistle apparently works wonders)

Definately odd today..........

Oddball

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the crazy tiger is from my favourite cartoon , after dilbert , Calvin and Hobbes.
he isn't mine , i didn't create him , but borrow all you want.

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calvin : http://www.privatseite.com/animgif/comics/calvin.gif

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i have seen these strapping systems used in other films too , usually for legs to give a 'long john silver' type impression.

also a sherlock holmes episode ( itv , jeremy brett ).

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Remember to do it right - or it may end up like the blooper in Predator.

Not the same thing I know, but the picture came into my mind there. :D

Same As It Ever Was! :(

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I'm not aware of the blooper in Predator (runs off to IMDB) but I can imagine what it is.

Yeah, this is terribly difficult to get right if big budget productions are anything to go by - I'm sure we've all seen the bulky look that usually comes from trying to hide it. As Gary said, most companies these days use actors with actual disabilities (not least because of pressure to do so but that's another thread).

How big a part is this to be? Is it something that could be handled in post?

Jon