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Posted by Scottwake, on 2001-08-30 09:47:21

Snow???

I'm Making The Set Of A Town Covered In Snow... , I Have No Idea How To Make To Snow To Put On The Roads And Buildings, Or What I Should Make It Out Of...???... Any Help Would Be Nice Scott

Posted by MovieStuff, on 2001-08-30 12:47:49

For wide areas that have no interaction with the puppets or other moving miniatures, I would simply cover it with plaster of paris and let it dry. That will avoid problems with finger prints and disturbances in those areas. You can actually run toy cars and things through it to leave permanent tire tracks and footsteps, etc. For areas that interact with miniatures, I would use baking soda and let it overlap onto the hardened plaster of paris. That way, you can move the baking soda around and animate it along with your other miniatures. If you drive a car through it, it will leave tracks, just like real snow. Roger

Posted by trikfx, on 2002-01-03 22:34:58

Hey Scott, Check out the posting in this section on footprints in the snow; that should help.

Posted by Nick H, on 2001-08-30 18:07:44

Baking soda sounds good, especially for wider shots on small scale sets. For closeup shots I used salt, sprinkling a little more on each frame to show buildup as it was snowing in the scene. Salt is translucent and will give a bit of sparkle. And if you spray a little water over it, you get a nice crusting effect. I wonder if that would work with baking soda too? You can get a nice texture sprinkling dry plaster and then spraying it. For the falling snow I sanded some styrene foam with very coarse sandpaper, to get very lightweight particles that would fall slowly and respond to gusts of wind (waving a piece of card). I shot the styrene snowflakes against black at 24 fps and superimposed them.