Question: How did the people behind the film achieve the effect of making the actors look like ghosts. I truly have no idea.
The Frighteners (1996)
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, John Astin, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson
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Chosen answer: For the most part, the actors playing the ghosts were shot separately on blue-screens, and then comped into the scenes. (By removing the blue background through a process called "color keying", and placing them over the scenes) They were simply given a blueish glow and made semi-translucent to complete the effect. It was pretty cutting edge back in the 90's, but nowadays, it'd be very easy to make the exact same effect using a simple program like Adobe After Effects.