Can you help me paint the mo­ment a vam­pire is staked and dis­in­te­grates?

Earl Bis­cuit, US

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John replies

This is a tricky prob­lem, be­cause you have to think about how much de­tail you want to show and how deep you want to delve into the anatomy of the vam­pire and the var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als that are ex­pelled by the event.

If you watch vam­pire movies such as Blade, gen­er­ally the dis­in­te­gra­tion ra­di­ates from the point of im­pact out­ward to­ward the limbs, with burn­ing em­bers and ash fly­ing all over. Look at some ref­er­ence pho­tos of fab­ric and paper burn­ing, and ap­ply that to the ar­eas you want to burn.

I en­vis­age that this is go­ing to be a dark en­vi­ron­ment – per­haps the vam­pire’s fam­ily crypt – and the main light source will be the glow­ing em­bers and fire com­ing from the area into which the stake is pen­e­trat­ing. This will light the vam­pire’s face from be­low. I de­cide I also want to see a few ex­posed ribs, so the viewer re­alises that it’s not just the blood­suck­ing fiend’s cloth­ing which is go­ing up in flames. I’m keen to see a lot of en­ergy and chaos in this piece, and I also want the vam­pire to be clutch­ing at his chest with gnarled fin­gers and arch­ing his back in pain.

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