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Posted by CamWard0, on 2010-04-09 05:47:37

Snow Set

Hi, I'm new to the forum and I have done quite a bit of claymation as a hobby. As a new idea for a film, it involves a snow set. I would like to create a set similar to the one in pingu ( If any of you who havn't seen it, I'll leave a link at the end of the post) It dosen't have to have tie downs in it. Thanks, CamWard0 Here is a video of pingu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvA22UXiphI&feature=channel

Posted by Anim8tor Fish, on 2010-04-10 10:54:28

I did a few snow sets a while ago; http://morilyon.blogspot.com/2009/09/set-and-sky.html All I did was take a load of kitchen paper, cover it in plaster, and create your set! It dries pretty quickly so you don't have long, but however you do it, it leaves a brilliant texture, like rough snow (unlike pingu...) Hope this helps. Marnik www.morilyon.blogspot.com

Posted by CamWard0, on 2010-04-10 10:57:59

Ahh, thanks Marnik! I have recently thoght og getting a plank of wood and just painting it white, and create some giant rocks and things out of white plasticine, would this work? Thanks again, CamWard0

Posted by alex uranga, on 2010-04-10 12:55:35

This probably will "work", but I don't think you'll get a great snowy texture just by painting it white. I've seen it where they cover the set in white plasticine the animate it like it's snow. Like in Dan Mackenzie's Winter Attack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaTkWSEcXdY

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-04-11 19:20:00

A plank of wood might show some wood grain, so I'd use mdf, particle board, or something else. It depends on whether you want it to be flat, or have some undulation. I've seen great snow and ice sets done mostly with carved styrofoam - Ethan Marak's "Superbattle" comes to mind, there's a current thread for that - probably in My Stopmo Project. When I did a snowy set, I used white plaster, then coated it with pva glue and sprinkled salt on it to get a bit of sparkle. But I also had falling now superimosed over the shot, and I added a little more salt each frame so the snowdrifts kept building up. So I needed the salt to get the same look for the already-fallen snow as for the new stuff. It depends on the look you want - everything looking like clay, or different materials but still simple and cartoony, or more realistic. Pingu is deliberately simple.

Posted by Rocketspaceboy, on 2010-04-11 23:56:27

http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/dc/user_files/13008.jpg This is an image I took after working on the Fred Figgelhorn music video for the Disney Channel. The floor is MDF and the hills are UltraCal and Burlap over Chicken Wire (Nick suggested to us to use Plaster and fiberglass fabric but we were on a tight budget). It worked great for the basic set. We then used house hold matte acrylic you get at the hardware store and used a texturing paint roller to give it some texture. Overall a fun build done is a couple of days.



Posted by CamWard0, on 2010-04-12 12:21:38

Great posts, thanks for all the feedback! With all the advice given, I think I might have an idea of what I want to do.... I'll keep you posted ;)