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Hero Frog from Magnolia

 

On my first job working for Steve Johnson's XFX I had one simple task: paint frogs. 10,000 of them. I painted frogs every day for almost six months.

For the climactic scene of Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia' a storm of frogs rain from the sky and subsequently cover the streets of the San Fernando valley.

 
masses of frogs

 

Mid-Range Frogs
More Frogs

The masses of frogs were broken down into three grades: large quantities of lower quality deep-background frogs, a smaller number of mid-range frogs, and a very few "hero" frogs that had much more attention spent to them, used specifically for close ups.

 

Click here to view the raining frog sequence from 'Magnolia'