11.26.2007

And You Thought Stop-Motion Was Old-School...

Since I started exploring stop-motion and animation (we've been together for about 2 years now), I've been wanting to try traditional 2-D animation. I'm developing a sequence in my new stop-mo short, "Unearthed", which will be hand-drawn, and yesterday I built my Table of Light using a cigar box (case?) from my wife's smoke shop....

Here it is filled with a bunch of her beading supplies.....


And here it is completed....

I removed the lid and cut a hole in the back for insertion of a light....painted the inside white and the outside black....added a sheet of thin plexi on top...took an old 3-hole puncher, removed the middle punch, punched a sheet of typing paper, registered the two holes on the box itself, nailed two nails there, et voila!
More on the 2-D sequence as it develops....

11.24.2007

Give Seaclops a Hand


Here are a couple of pics of the Seaclops' hand....I took a tip from Halfland and used one of my woodcarving tools to sculpt the fingernails, easy-peasy. I've got the left hand, and some texturing left, and then I'm ready to mold and cast....

11.23.2007

Alley Alley Oxen Free


Finished up the floor of the alley alley, more cast brickwork.....will have to touch up the paintjob on the front half....I ran out of plaster and had to cast a couple of pieces in rubber latex (ever pulled rubber latex out of a rubber latex mold? LOTS of mold release and it actually worked well)....anyways, the plaster pieces absorbed a lot more of the paint, so I need to go back over that area....added the door at the back which is a piece of foam core painted to look like a door, with a little bead clasp knocker and a bead knob.....its just sandwiched between the two walls, will slide right out if I should need to get in there and animate...planning on accessing the Herbie pup through the ceiling but it might get a little cramped....I also took Strider's excellent suggestion and tissue-papered up the front panels on the lantern....beautiful when lit....

11.20.2007

Handheld Practical Lighting Test

Here's my camcorder exploring the alley set.....The music used is 'Zombie Chase' by Kevin MacLeod, which I'll probably be using for the opening scene...I can see a couple of things right off, the purple window needs a bit more shade, something to block the back light some, and there needs to be more of a glow from the streetlamp, probably a dim light cast on the dumpster and cobbles around it....there will be the occasional passing float, which will illuminate the set from the right....I've still got those last details to add, a door at the end of the alley alley, some hinges and dirt, a sewer lid, some Mardi Gras decorations....Look for this set to be completed by the end of the month, along with the Seaclops sculpt.....that's right, the Return of the Seaclops!! I've promised the finished puppet by Christmas, so I'll be pounding out the last bits of the sculpt over the next week or so....


"Unearthed" - Alley - practical lighting test from Ubatuber on Vimeo.

11.18.2007

Alley - Practical Lighting



I was strolling through a miniature Christmas Town today and found some very cool miniature lights, a couple of spotlights, one of which I dismantled and wired through the street lamp....also a string of golden lights for the balcony....

11.15.2007

Painting the Town


Painting continues.....I need to add some details, maybe a no parking sign, some beads and litter in the gutter, not to mention the puddles (the plan? pool some bright green paint in spots, chromakey out the green, mirror the clip upside down and layer it behind).....

11.14.2007

Alley Alley



I cut the hole for the new hallway, or the alley alley as I call it, and started doin' up the walls and floor, started painting the set also....

11.11.2007

Alley - Almost There!


The allet set is almost ready for its paintjob! I'm trying to decide whether to leave the dumpster where it is, or slide it (& the brick wall) over to the left, creating space under the street lamp instead. I think I'll leave it where it is, because I want the murder of Su to take place in the shadows, sort of hidden, and if theyre right under the street lamp that might not be possible. I suppose its worth experimenting when the paintjob is complete. I'm also going to experiment with lighting. I've considered having the (red?) glow of a large blinking neon sign illuminate the set every few seconds, would be cool for casting light on a lurking Herbie but might be a little harsh for this short. Ive also considered having moving lighting, since parades will be rolling at the end of the alley, there should be some light reflecting into the alley from passing floats. Or I may just go with straight creepy moody alley lighting (a circle of light from the streetlamp, a warm glow from the windows). I've also considered using a couple of practical lights, in the lamp and on the balcony, but I think I'll try to digitally add those.

The balcony railing gave me a bit of trouble. I've alreday got a couple of 'wrought iron' pieces, for the cafe set, so I wanted this railing to match those, but when I pulled out my liquid sculpey, it seems to have gotten thinner over the last few months. In fact I could hardly recognize the shapes I drew with it, before even putting it in the oven. Turned all puddly on me. I tried refrigerating it, but it just puddled up again in the oven. So I dug around and found a bottle of puffy T-shirt paint, which created an almost identical effect.


Ive got a few more last minute details to add, like curtains in the windows and hinges on the newest shuttered doors....also, I was planning on painting a dark doorway next to the dumpster, but might actually build a walkway by cutting a whole in the set wall and extending the flooring back, like a hallway into the building....

11.07.2007

More Alley Unearthed


The dumpster is made from foam core and stryofoam, with a cardboard top....the styrofoam sheet behind the dumpster will be modelled to look like a brick wall....Su will be murdered between the dumpster and the balcony.....about halfway done with the cobbles...


I'm itchin' to paint but I want to finish the whole strip first....
I'll have to rethink Su's train, its too wide for the set....I'll try trimming it down, and if that doesnt do it, I'll have to search out a thinner material...I've got a bit in the short where Su turns to run from Herbie, he stoops and picks up her train, yanks it, sending her flying backwards and right into his arms....this shot is important to me because it is an echo of a shot I have planned for the Jenny Greenteeth short, and this is all supposed to be practice for Jenny G...

11.04.2007

Unearthed - Tunnel, Hill, & Alley

I been multi-taskin' the Unearthed sets over the last couple of days....

Got goin' on the tunnel, which takes Herbie from the cave entrance to the cave/pool...took a cardboard tube, sliced a section out, brushed a layer of latex on the inside, added a few mesh protuberances...more latex needed and then a paintjob...


Herbie will have to climb to get to the cave entrance....I used a 4' x 2' segment of pegboard, scored it in a couple of places, bent it, added supports (wood and cardboard tubes glued into place on the underside)....I've started dressing Herbie too...



I also got about a third of the way through the alley set, construction-wise anyways...built one doorframe and storm shutters from wood strips, spackled the wall around it, built the stoop n steps from foam board and styrofoam, coated in latex, and hot glued my plaster cobblestone pieces in place, filling in spaces and continuing the pattern with blobs of Das air-dry clay...



The alley will have two other residences on the strip, a balcony, a brick wall, and a dumpster....

11.02.2007