A particularly modest type of CreatorCameo consisting of AnInsert of the creator's hand, 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 almost literally as a "guiding hand." Third, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it makes a neat trivia question]].

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

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* Creator/CarolReed's hands as Harry Lime's, grasping through the sewer grate in ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* Creator/MelGibson's hand as some Roman's, pounding in one of the nails in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* 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}}''.
* Creator/JossWhedon's hand as [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog 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!
* Creator/PeterJackson's hand as Faramir's, pointing at a map in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers''.
** Jackson's cameos in LOTR don't end there. In ''Return of the King'', when Shelob drags paralyzed Frodo away, the Sam's hand welding sword that enters the frame gunslinger-style is actually 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''.
* 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.
* Creator/SamRaimi's hand pushing Film/SpiderMan 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.
* An somewhat squicky just-barely-an-example: In the first scene of the film adaption of ''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/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 [[GoOutWithABang goes out with a bang]] at the hands (or [[MurderousThighs thighs]], rather) of Xenia Onatopp.
* 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}}''.

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* Series creator Bruce Geller's hand, striking the match during the opening credits of the original ''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 ''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.
* At the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''Last of the Time Lords'', [[spoiler: the hand that picks up the Master's ring belongs to one of the producers.]]

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