Here’s the segment with both the effects layered onto the animation, I decided that the outcome was too distracting and I am in the process of simplifying the effects, keeping them to three shots. The effects were filmed and then layered onto to the animation, in a photographic double exposure style. I talked before about Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome, and how he used double exposures over a theatrical black back-drop with actors performing.
I think that making it simpler and not so busy is more in keeping with the style of Kabuki, but it takes the edge off the sparse feeling of the set for the dance. Kabuki often uses the motif of snow, strongly visible in Sagi Musume, or blossom falling.
I’ve filmed some blues sparks and and sequins and layered them on top of the harpy dance, to give drama and an element of the on-stage illusion. It looks like I’d hoped it would, but I’m still uncertain whether it actually improves the animation, or detracts from the character movement.