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The Mask's second spell



MORE SPECIAL EFFECTS: From "Son of the Mask".

Coming Soon, only ten years after the original, is the flick ``Son of the Mask." Perhaps ten years isn't too long to wait for the child of an infamous movie hero. But why so long?

After years of trying to get Jim Carrey to reprise his role as the famous character, the producers decided to look for a new angle. As a result, ``Son of the Mask" is not so much a sequel, as a new telling of the story about a magical mask that makes its wearer do superhuman things.

Focussing more on special effects than star power, the film traces the effects of a mask bewitched by Loki, the god of mischief. In the course of the film, a cartoonist, Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy), his baby Alvey (Liam Falconer) and his dog Otis all fall under the spell of the mask, which allows them to transform at will into the manifestations of their imagination.

The actors, including the dog and baby were filmed wearing special costumes that allowed their bodies to be loaded into a computer to morph into virtual versions.

The costumes were made of blue and black spandex, with a number of electrically sensitive points stitched into the material so that the computer could register the unique features of each actor.

With this information, the filmmakers were able to manipulate theses `virtual actors' into a variety of strange shapes, sizes and other weird yet recognisable manifestations.

As a result, the film is able to show the effects of `the mask' on its wearer, as throughout the movie, it helps the character inflict humorous revenge on people that get in the way.

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