A head on a stick is a prop that consists of a fake head -- usually latex or silicone -- that is mounted on top of a stick or pole of some sort. The stick, as well as the person holding it, are hidden off-camera, creating the illusion that the head is that of a living creature.

Examples of this effectEdit

  • In Ralph Bakshi's 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, heads on sticks were used in the foreground to increase the number of Orcs during crowd scenes.
  • In the 1998 TV series Animorphs, the Andalite aliens were created using a combination of heads on sticks, animatronics, and actors in costumes.