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For more information about how this shot was created, see below!

NOTE: I had already completed this shot several weeks ago but was not satisfied with it. It was fun but I felt the snakes were a little to "Gumby" looking. So I decided to start all over again. To see the previous version of this shot click HERE.

Started a re-work on cut number 20, which is of three snakes slithering across the screen.


The set was pretty simply, just a piece of board with some foam core bricks and a board covered with wood putty.

For a behind scenes video with Brandi, click HERE!


As I didn't want to build three snakes from latex and three armatures to go with them, I made the choice to just use clay for the snakes. I decided to change to green and add some scales to make them look more "snakey". For the scales, I just used the tip of a bolt that I had laying around. Since the snakes would be in constant motion, I wasn't too concerned about the authenticity of the scales. It really just needed to be impressionistic surface texture that implied scales.


My choice to use clay brought with it some issues common to clay animation. One problem is a general lack of internal support, which means that the snakes just sort of lay there. While some snakes DO just lay there, the ones in the original shot kind of raise up and look rather menacing, even for a Hanna Barbara cartoon. So I  decided to shoot the snakes on blue screen, which would allow me to use external supports for the snake when it needed to rise off the surface a bit. Also, by using blue screen, I only needed to make one snake. :)


This is what a typical frame looks like before I begin working with it in Photoshop.


By manipulating certain filters and effects in Photoshop, I can create a drop shadow from the outline of the snake to accompany it as the serpent slithers across the ground. (NOTE: The tan background here is just for illustration.)


Me animating the snake against the blue screen.

For a behind the scenes video of me working on the animation, click HERE!

The completed clip is at the top of the page!

Thanks for looking!


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