MNSURE: Ice Fishing

A Paul Named Bob

We needed to come up with a frozen lake element in the summer so we used Plexiglas and wax.  For above the water we made a shallow tank then used fake snow and ice sections formed out of wax to create the frozen Minnesota lake.  For the surface below the ice we rippled the Plexiglas with heat and gave it a wax coating.  The challenge was making a surface that could be lit from top, so that meant all of the supports had to be invisible so as not to cast shadows.  Shooting in an actual lake next to a busy marina with waves crashing into it made it into “one of those days”.  Foam is very buoyant so the Paul body was filled with concrete in order to be heavy enough to sink.  The fish we had no hand in, they’re the real deal.