I've been stuck on the problem of water. My short film involves a lot of water and although there are many different ways I have seen this achieved in studios (resin with cling wrap, KY, hair gel etc.) I wanted to go a different route. I don't necessarily want my water to look like just water (clear, glassy, reflective). I want it to have some extra life and texture. So I've been experimenting a lot with beads threaded on animatable wires to animate waves of water but it just looked to stringy and not quite what I was going after.
Last night I was experimenting with different textures for another part of the set when I had a brainstorm. I got a small tupperwear container and filled it with 70% table salt 10% water and 20% different shades of blue beads.
Somehow the sum of these parts created a very animatable substance. And because it was made out of very small particles it was easy to animate in some of the subtleties of water. I did a quick test animation last night and was very pleased with the initial results. I feel that the next round of tests will be even more successful This is a HUGE step forward since the water solution was really holding me back.