Most Convincing Ghost Helmet
A GHOST STORY
Making a low-budget ghost costume for a movie is not as easy as just throwing old bedding over an actor. Costume designer Annell Brodeur found that out the first time she tested the king-size sheet Casey Affleck wore for A Ghost Story, about a man whose spirit is trapped on Earth after he dies in a car crash. “If you put your arms out straight, a king-size bed sheet doesn’t cover an adult man,” says Brodeur. “Director David Lowery didn’t want to see the person underneath. He wanted it to feel like an abyss, so I had to figure out how to make it look like there was just a smooth head underneath, and then... vacancy.” So she made a ghost helmet (right). The soft-foam helmet has black eye inserts shaped like eggs and tilted out so that the bottoms splay outward to keep the eyeholes from falling in on themselves when the sheet is on top. The only other addition was a couple of tiny stitches over the eyes. Even ghosts can use eyebrows.