Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jackie Chan

 Jackie Chan is awesome, found this cool documentary on his stunt work.

Monday, February 18, 2013

More Stopmo Practice

So since I put my foot in it and actually said I'm working on a short, feel like I have to actually update regularly on it :P

Accomplished this week:

played a show :P  (I'm the short one on the right with the bass)
went to valentines day at my son's kindergarden

but stopmotion/short wise  not much

a little more practice, which has me thinking that these little tests are kind of top priority for now, until I can actually get this puppet moving without flashing and popping all over. Guess I'm going to keep doing these little tests for a bit until I can start thinking about performance instead of just trying to achieve believable physical movement.

might be a long journey, but it's super fun!

thanks for the encouragement Justin, though you may want to withdraw it when you see my akward biped ;)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stop Motion Short

So I recently got a real camera (need to get a tripod, that's on the check list) and also came to the realization that to stop fooling around and start doing a stop motion short because it'll be fun.

I have been a big fan of the Rasch's online documenting of their projects, so perhaps this will be the same thing. (and if it fails, no one reads this anyway :P  )

I realize the animation is probably going to be pretty rough, as I learn how to animate stopmo, which is actually freeing, cuz I can just jump in and go since I don't have high expectations.

The plan: King Kong (of course, where would stop motion be without him)wearing a white tuxedo singing "Lonely at the Top" (actually sung by the acapella group 'The Bobs') in a cardboard city.

what's done:

Animatic (so I could work out how to keep set and extra's building to a minimum)
concept art   (think I'm going to do my extra's like Jon does his characters)
set design
puppet supplies (partly, may run out of wire, and have to get liquid latex (might just call up the local sex shop and see if they have any on hand (they're the only ones who would have it right?))

to do:
x -sheets for the scenes (gonna use papagayo since magpie costs now)
build the puppets (gonna do a swappable mouth/muzzle on kong for the sync, fimo eyelids and brows, latex dipped hands)
figure out how the vehicles are going to be made and rigged
build sets (hopefully only going to need 1 big set (which there's empty space at work) and the rest will be little sets I can set up and take down at home while the kids are sleeping)
get a tripod and lights
stop hemming and prepping and get to work

things to see:
here's concept art and test model (still sucking, the plan is to have the nose actually the tip of a little stick which goes into a hole in the head, so the whole muzzle can move around a little and hopefully get  a little more life into the sync)

this was working out a way to have Kong fall of the building without having to model the whole city. My cat helped. 

StopMo Practice

Gonna try and do a stopmo short soon. My coworker brought in a little ipod tripod and we messed around with it using Imotion. Here's mine (well my ball jumps into the tape, his is bottom right, but the others are all me).

Soooo much fun. Hope I get to do more soon.

Nanalew face reference

 this video has awesome "ugly face" facial contortions on cute girls.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dance Ref

man love that texture to the timing, great poses

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Michael Langan Film Maker

The Making of "Road Trip" - Ann Arbor Film Festival from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

IFC Icons 2010: Michael Langan from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

Dahlia from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

film is time, image, and sound He's kind of doing stopmotion inside out, he moves the camera a frame at a time

Choros + Pas de Deus

Choros from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

pretty amazing what it evolved from