Dust, Feathers & Confetti Previs: "Rio" (2011)

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Bauhaus Mirage.
One thing I love about being in animation is that it affords me the opportunity to research and learn about things which I would otherwise never encounter in my daily routine.....like tropical birds. Apparently, cockatoos shed a good bit of "waxy" dust - feather bits, dead cells, etc. The first test was to visualize that effect as well as to establish motion for falling feathers.

The second test, a festive confetti logo, was previs for a teaser.

Below is a series of stills of the dust effect. Click for a larger version: