I'm trying to make a series of shots for a video where there are swarms of insects crawling on my hand and face like this bit from the Dalí/Buñuel film Un Chien Andalou where ants are crawling on the hand.

Ideas on the best way to go about this would be greatly appreciated.

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You mention "composite", so ....

you could use the alpha-over composite node where your ants (represented here by small cubes, but if in motion you'd want a video of the bugs moving) appears on top of your rendering (could also be a video of your moving hand):

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It would look as awful as one of those cheap 1950's movies or as laughable as the spider crawling up James Bond's arm in Dr No:

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If you want realism, you'd have to do some modeling in blender and then perhaps some form of Particle System rendered as objects that are modeled as crawling ants -- might look better.

  • $\begingroup$ That sounds great. I do not want realism. The James Bond reference is exactly the direction I'm going in. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Feb 22, 2023 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent -- okay, but I'll roll my eyes with your video, exactly as I do every time when I see this scene in the Bond movie, LOL ;) $\endgroup$
    – james_t
    Feb 22, 2023 at 16:54

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