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Creating the Creepy Ghost Behind 'Mama'

2/01/2013 6:29 AM Eastern

The Credits talks to Mama visual effects supervisor Aaron Weintraub about the contortionist and CG effects that were behind making the horror hit's creepy ghost.

Says Weintraub of the seven-foot-tall contortionist Javier Botet (who donned a dress and played the ghost), "He’s very frail and can get his body into all these weird positions...Every once in a while [director] Andy [Muschietti] would shout, ‘Yank [the strings that were attached to his limbs].’ Javier’s arms would jut in these really strange, unnatural ways that look amazing. We’d take that and speed it up or run it backwards or mix in bits from other takes to get this really unique performance.”

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