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:
Ryan Pocock also said:
Hopefully this helps for all your snowy sets :]
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.
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.
That's wonderful sets ! You've created a new world that inspires me a lot.
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:
A guy by the name of Michael Paul Smith uses baking soda on his sets for snow scenes.
wow, thanks for the link. Really inspiring level of detail.