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Brand spanking new member here ... I'm trying to animate some shoelaces so they look like they've tied themselves.  My question is two-fold - has anyone done this before and would they care to share their experience, tips, tricks, etc? Secondly, I'm planning on using pipe cleaners to reinforce the shoelaces and then using fishing line, I'm going to suspend them for the mid-air/pre-loop part of the animation. Does this sound like the right approach or does anyone have any better suggestions?  Would I be better of using wire instead of pipe cleaners?

Should it help, I'm using white shoes, white shoelaces, on orange seamless paper.  Shooting using a 5Dmk3, Dragonframe 4, and Kinos.

Thank you in advance!

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Hi, if you use cloth-covered wire for the laces, you won't need the fishing line at all. Also, I would recommend shooting in reverse. Start with the laces tied, and gradually untie them and have the laces fly around as you please. You simply reverse the clip in post-production. I hope that helps.

Good luck!

Dawn

It might be possible to feed a wire into the center of a woven lace. Or, with a very thin aluminum wire you can sew it to the underside of a lace.

Thank you so much! Very helpful. Wondered if shooting backwards would help and now I need wonder no more. :)

Dawn Brown said:

Hi, if you use cloth-covered wire for the laces, you won't need the fishing line at all. Also, I would recommend shooting in reverse. Start with the laces tied, and gradually untie them and have the laces fly around as you please. You simply reverse the clip in post-production. I hope that helps.

Good luck!

Dawn

I like this idea a lot. I think perhaps sewing to the underside and cleaning up in post might be the way to go. Thank you so much!

Maureen Z said:

It might be possible to feed a wire into the center of a woven lace. Or, with a very thin aluminum wire you can sew it to the underside of a lace.

Good Luck! Look forward to seeing it.

Prav Potu said:

I like this idea a lot. I think perhaps sewing to the underside and cleaning up in post might be the way to go. Thank you so much!

Maureen Z said:

It might be possible to feed a wire into the center of a woven lace. Or, with a very thin aluminum wire you can sew it to the underside of a lace.

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