How to film a GHOST moving through a solid door! Tutorial using After Effects

Have you ever wanted to film an actor walking through a solid door like Patrick Swayze does in ‘Ghost’? In our latest visual effects tutorial we show you how! We took the effect one stage further by using real camera movement and touching / moving the door to prove it is real at the start and the end, kind of like a magician.

Speaking of magicians, this is also a little similar to Zach King’s style of video magic, which is often done in one single take (or at least made to look like a single take!)

You can create a basic version of this effect in most modern edit programs like Final Cut Pro X or Premiere, as long as there is a keying tool to remove green screen. For ours we composited it in After Effects.

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