The style of classic B-movies suggests a slightly handmade panache that is charming and endearing. These dehydrated fruits and vegetables will not need actual faces. Their crevices, tears and moldy holes will take on facial features that will ramp up the comedy and oddity.
The real SFX is our cleverly designed kitchen set. The design will conceal animators, puppeteers and the art department who will be busy pulling strings to animate the mouth of one piece of produce while blowing others along the kitchen floor with strong air movers. Small hoses will also be involved—when an apple yells, we can blow apple spittle out of its cavity.
Most of the effect shots are simple, two-layer composites. In some cases a puppeteer can manipulate the food (we will have to remove the puppeteer’s arm, strings or sticks) and in other cases we may need CG implementation that will go beyond rig removals.
For example, we can animate a cavity that becomes the mouth of a rotten eggplant, and then superimpose it onto an eggplant that moves with the help of puppeteers. This is the same technology you would use for face replacement, a very common tracing technique where they would put Tom Cruise’s face on a stunt man, for example.