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"Well, the funny anecdote about that is it's actually Quentin who is strangling me... He's like, 'You know, 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.'"

A particularly modest type of Creator Cameo consisting of An Insert 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 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, 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.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 


  • Mark VII Productions, creators of several Police Procedural shows including Dragnet and Adam-12, had a Vanity Plate 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 creator Agnes Nixon's hand opening the photo album in the old opening titles to All My Children.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Showrunner Damon Lindelof's hand as Locke's, turning on the lights at the Pearl Station in the Lost episode "?".
  • Series creator Bruce Geller's hand, striking the match during the opening credits of the original Mission: Impossible.
    • In the 80's revival it was Peter Graves' hand.
  • Series creator Alan Spencer's hands, stealing newspapers out of a vending machine in the pilot episode of Sledge Hammer!

    Video Games 
  • In the first two Doom games, Doomguy's arms are digitized photos of assistant artist Kevin Cloud.

    Western Animation 
  • In a unique example, the Synchro-Vox lips of the pirate that appears in the opening credits of Spongebob Squarepants belong to series creator Stephen Hillenberg.