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The Capperpillar
The Capperpillar
When you hear about plastic recycling, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Maybe You think of separate garbage cans on the street. Or you think of someone taking one plastic and turning it into another. But it’s a lot more interesting than that.

Ordinary bottle caps from plastic bottles can turn into badges, chairs, shopping bags, buttons, or a skateboard! This transformation so captured my imagination that I couldn’t think of anything better to do than make a movie about it. I found a very similar story that takes place in nature. The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. From there came the beautiful Capperpillar.
I like to think about the life journey of an individual cap. How after fulfilling its purpose, it goes on a journey and turns out to be part of a skateboard deck.

This is a non-commercial short film inspired by what the folks at and are doing.
The caterpillar asset and caps generator developed by Nikolay Prudov is available for download on our Gumroad page!
Leonid Panov - sound design
Nikolay Prudov - simulations, rigging, shading, TD
Ilya Lindberg - idea, art director, camera, animation, lighting

Logos for caps from
The first tests of the idea. Animation and location searches.
Something is crawling!
Developing a plastic leaf. Basically it is a l-system leaf shape and vellum simulation on top.
Early tests of the birth of the skateboard
Artdirection in progress
Melting caps blob
Thanks for watching!
The Capperpillar