A naturalist is very concerned about the health and well-being of snails. He has an epiphany!
Kimric Smythe and I were fans of Chuck Cirino's "Weird TV" program. The show was an assaultive collage of actual strange events and places — including much footage from the Cacophony Society and Burning Man. To our amazement, networks picked up the show but slotted it for broadcast at 3am amid commercials for Geritol and laxatives. We thought we'd create a little featurette for the program and shot "Sunny Snails" with Kimric's dad Bill. Unfortunately, during editing, the Hi8 tape developed bad dropouts, rendering it unfit for broadcast. We never shot Kimric's 2nd idea for the "Garbage Fairy," and to my knowledge Chuck never saw "Sunny Snails."
Kimric built the swimming pool "set" out of a wash basin, cardboard and astroturf, with some careful attention to detail such as the diving board. The snail footage was shot with a 16mm camera so that we could animate the snails if they refused to move. Though we worried that the snails would just sit there, the hot day made them so active as to be uncontrollable. They kept jumping into the pool, messing up the coloring on the umbrellas. We got just enough footage to complete the scene before they all went swimming.