How I helped make a 'Submarine Sandwich'

When I finished working on 'Swan Song,' the commercial I blogged about in my last post, director PES asked if I'd be interested in working on the third in his series of food films (see: Western Spaghetti and Fresh Guacamole). Anyone who has eaten a meal with me knows what a huge "foodie" I am, so you can imagine how excited I got about working on an animation about building a sandwich. My immediate answer was yes.

My main objective was to modify various vintage sporting equipment to look like deli meat. What I didn't anticipate was how thick all that vintage leather is! It ended up being quite a challenge cutting, poking and sewing footballs, boxing gloves and baseball mitts to look as if they'd been sliced up. 

 Initial cut into the football

Initial cut into the football

My first day of work, I started modifying the football that PES slices in the film. It took a box cutter and fabric scissors to cut it in half (and I'll mention my fabric scissors are still in dire need of sharpening). Then I decided to unstitch some of the seams with my favorite seam ripper, which it took all of 3 seconds to break. 

I learned pretty quickly what techniques were necessary to get everything looking like meat without destroying all my tools in the process. After that, I can say everything went pretty smoothly! 

 Dyed glove, before (right) and after (left)

Dyed glove, before (right) and after (left)

After adding leather to the sporting equipment to look like inner meat, I used paints to age and blend the new leather with the worn out look of the vintage equipment. I also did a fair amount of dyeing (note the e) to get the little leather gloves and delicate doilies to look consistent with the "meat" they were sliced from. 

I'll mention that the entire time I was working on 'Sub Sandwich' I was hobbling around in a walking boot due to a foot fracture. I found it pretty hilarious (and I think PES did as well), so I made sure to document the boot in my progress photos. 

 My home "work space" while cutting and sewing the sporting equipment 

My home "work space" while cutting and sewing the sporting equipment 

Also, I must say it was pretty fun to see what's inside of a football, boxing glove and baseball mitt. Although I highly implore you not to try cutting a vintage one open at home. A lot of strange things disintegrate over time...

Anyway, here is the finished film!