Freak of the Week Goes Small For Big Impact!

October 06, 2017 | Posted in Freak of the Week, News

Last week, we honored Kellen Wilson’s “Techno Tombstone,” a clever little prop that proves something doesn’t have to be big to have huge impact. Well, this week we’re doubling-down on that – assuming that’s the appropriate term when going small.

Which brings us to this week’s Freak of the Week winner: Justin Delacuetara. He’s something of a genius when it comes to creating extra-cool Pepper’s Ghosts effects – in miniature. In fact, Justin created a diminutive witches’ kitchen last year (using Witching Hour) to great effect, earning him a Freak of the Week crown. Now, he’s back at it.

For those who are not familiar, the Pepper’s Ghost effect is a centuries-old technique that uses a projection onto glass (or other stuff, even Hollusion Projection Material) to create the illusion of a ghost materializing in thin air. Disney famously uses the effect over-and-over in their Haunted Mansion.

This year, Justin built a miniature attic, decaying after years of disrepair. It is the perfect home for the not-of-this-era specters in Ghostly Apparitions and Macabre Manor. The detail is great – right down to the holes and cracks in the floors and ceilings. How small is this effect? You can hold it in your hand!

We love the outside-the-box thinking of Justin’s work — and it is what earns him this week’s Freak of the Week crown for the second time in two years! Looks like “doubling-down” is an appropriate descriptor after all! For his efforts, Justin’s earned a $9.99 download – and endless praise from all of us, too.

For the rest of you, we have to ask: Where’s YOUR Freak of the Week submissions? With Halloween less than a month away, we want to see your incredible ideas, both big and small. Show us how you’re using AtmosFX Digital Decorations and YOU may be our next featured decorator! Send your photos or YouTube links to, and make sure to put "Freak of the Week" in the subject line. 

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