I'm pasting this from the chat room before it gets lost in the history.

Someone asked in the chat room what would be a good way to make fake snow. This was my reply:

  • You can make snow in several ways depending on what you would like it to look like. If you got money and you are in the uk, you can get fake snow used in films (and Aardman) from a company called SnowBusinesshttp://www.snowbusiness.com/

  • If you got a bit of money you can make snow using marble dust. It has a nice sparkle that is great if you want a magical feeling. http://www.flints.co.uk/acatalog/Marble_dust.jpg

  • I f you don't have money you can create snow with salt or sugar (watch out that you aren't in a moist room with salt because it will become clumpy)

  • If you want to make snow that sticks onto things, just use cotton wool, spray it with glue and spread the fake snow on it. you can model it by using PVA and letting it dry overnight on top of whatever you want to cover. Cover your set with plastic foil underneath the PVA cottonwool while drying so it doesn't stick to the set. Then afterwards remove it and you can place the dried cottonwool on top of the set without damage.

Ryan Pocock also said: 

Hopefully this helps for all your snowy sets :]

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To produce the snow scene below I used some blocks of scrap polystyrene to create the mountain and out crop, I flocked them with a miniature grass product (used by railway modelers) sprayed hairspray on this and then scattered salt through a sieve (working very quickly).

I photographed this over a period of days and it held up quite well the room needs to be dry (as mentioned) or it will become wet and clump. there are other products like scenic snow which can be bought from model shops these are expensive but if just scattered without the use of adhesive are re-useable.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcimboldi/7000438457/in/set-721576290...

Whoah...

Amazing!!! Added you as a contact on Flickr (I'm Darkmatters there).

So, just keep layering salt and hairspray then? 

Excellent. The lighting and gentle glare help to complete the scene. Very seasonal. Gorgeous 

Thank you Bianca, this is a very useful thread !

I'd like to add something if you don't mind. As it's an animation website, I assume that when you have snow in your film and especially if your character's walking on this snow you want it to be heard, right ?


Here's the tip :
Put rice in a whashing mitt (fill half of it). Fold it so the rice is compressed. All you got to do then is slowly press it with your thumbs.

Arcimboldi -

That's wonderful sets ! You've created a new world that inspires me a lot. 

Thanks that's a great sound fx tip.

For most of the snow that actually moved in the stopmo scenes of Elf, we used limestone and silica sand, sifted as fine as possible. Be sure to use a mask if you do sift it, though. It has some lovely shiny bits to it that catch the light really well. We put it on top of terrain made from foam cut with a heat wire.

Great additions, guys, thanks so much!

Arcimboldi, those shots look great, well done!

I got this, but haven't used it on a set yet. it costs $3 usd for 3 cups:

http://www.sciplus.com/p/INSTANT-SNOW-JUSTADDWATER_4007

A guy by the name of Michael Paul Smith uses baking soda on his sets for snow scenes.

http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/miniature-world-of-michael-...

wow, thanks for the link. Really inspiring level of detail.

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