->''"Well, the funny anecdote about that is it's actually Quentin who is strangling me... He's like, 'You know, [[Creator/ChristophWaltz Christoph]] is just an actor, and he's probably going to squeeze too hard or not enough, and I just know exactly what I want, so I think I should do it.'"''
-->-- Creator/DianeKruger on [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Quentin Tarantino's]] Insert Cameo in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''

A particularly modest type of CreatorCameo consisting of AnInsert of the creator's hand (or, rarely, some other body part), usually standing in for that of one of the regular actors.

This may be an attractive alternative to [[TheCameo an ordinary cameo]] for three reasons. First, it is unobtrusive and therefore does not risk breaking a tense or dramatic mood. Second, it symbolizes the creator's deep involvement in the project by portraying him or her almost literally as a "guiding hand." Third, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it makes a neat trivia question]].



[[folder: Anime ]]

* Director Kazuya Tsurumaki's hand (rotoscoped and digitally altered) as the giant hand in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Carol Reed's hands as Harry Lime's, grasping through the sewer grate in ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* Creator/MelGibson's hands as some Roman's, pounding in one of the nails in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. He also provides the foot of Jesus being washed by Mary Magdalene and the arms that tie Judas's noose.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino's hands as Landa's, [[spoiler:strangling von Hammersmark]] in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* Creator/JamesCameron's hands as Jack's, drawing Rose in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.
* Creator/JossWhedon's hand as [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Captain Hammer's]], punching the remote control on top of the bank van.
--> Entire Cast on the commentary (not [[WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical that commentary]]): JOSS'S FIST!
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Return of the King'':
** when Shelob drags paralyzed Frodo away, Sam's sword-wielding hand that enters the frame gunslinger-style is actually [[Creator/PeterJackson Peter Jackson's]].
** More esoterically, he banged the gong which is heard as Aragorn enters Edoras and sees that Éowyn has disappeared.
* Creator/DarioArgento as the HandOfDeath in many of his films.
* Lewis Milestone's hand as Paul's at the famous ending scene of ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''.
* Creator/BryanSinger as the silhouetted Keyser Soze in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
** Which makes him one of about a half-dozen different people, including ''two'' of the lead actors, to portray Keyser in that film.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Creator/SamRaimi's hand pushing Spider-Man onstage.
** Raimi walking by and slamming Peter Parker's face with a briefcase in ''Film/SpiderMan2''.
* In ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'', at one point producer Barry Bernardi's hand stands in for Adam Ferrara's. It's quite obvious, given the... significant age difference between them.
* A somewhat squicky variant: In the first scene of the film adaption of ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'', Ichi is shown masturbating, with what is supposed to be sperm being shown dripping down later. Turns out it really was semen, supplied by none other than the film's director himself.
* Creator/TerryGilliam is the gorilla hand who turns the book in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (the female hand that precedes it is his wife).
* Andy Dufresne's hand loading the gun at the beginning of ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' belonged to director Frank Darabont.
* In Cameron's first scene in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', we see the character's hand reach down and press a button on his speakerphone. The hand was actually that of writer/director Creator/JohnHughes; actor Alan Ruck didn't get the movement ''quite'' right, so Hughes did it himself after everyone else had left for the day.
* Producer Creator/StevenSpielberg's hands during the infamous face-tearing-off scene in ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''.
* Director Rian Johnson's hand in the scene in ''Film/{{Looper}}'' when the older version of Seth [[spoiler: starts losing his fingers, nose and other extremeties as the younger version is being tortured]].
* Director Creator/SamMendes' hands as Ricky's towards the end of ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', when he's pushing open the door to discover [[spoiler:Lester dead in the dining room]].
* Director Creator/ZackSnyder's hands as Rorschach's hands when he's picking up Nite-Owl's blades in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Director Terence Young's hand as James Bond's [[TitleDrop writing the title phrase on a photograph]] in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
** Director Creator/MartinCampbell's hand as Alec Trevelyan's in ''Film/GoldenEye'', when Trevelyan reaches into the Canadian Admiral's jacket pocket to steal his identification card while the Admiral goes {{out with a bang}} at the hands (or [[MurderousThighs thighs]], rather) of Xenia Onatopp.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Series creator Bruce Geller's hand, striking the match during the opening credits of the original ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
** In the 80's revival it was Peter Graves' hand.
* {{Showrunner}} Damon Lindelof's hand as Locke's, turning on the lights at the Pearl Station in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "?".
* Series creator Agnes Nixon's hand opening the photo album in the old opening titles to ''Series/AllMyChildren''.
* Mark VII Productions created several PoliceProcedural shows including ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' and ''Series/AdamTwelve'', has a trademark video of the "VII" being set into stone by the use of a sledge hammer striking a chisel. The hands holding the hammer and chisel are Jack Webb's.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The hand of the stagehand that appears on Sutekh's throne in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]" is an [[{{Blooper}} incompetent example]].
** At the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last of the Time Lords]]", [[spoiler: the hand that picks up the Master's ring belongs to one of the producers.]]
* Series creator Alan Spencer's hands, stealing newspapers out of a vending machine in the pilot episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In a unique example, the SynchroVox lips of the pirate that appears in the opening credits of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants belong to series creator Stephen Hillenberg.