12.29.2008

Unearthed - The New Herbie


Herbie 2.0 is all dressed up in OtherHerbie's clothes! He's ready for his close-up, too. All-in-all I'm happier with the new version, the Sculpey picked up more of the detail in his face than the foam latex did. I probably would've made him this way if I hadn't changed gameplans halfway through development of this short (originally "Unearthed" was to be an adaptation of an old Tales from the Crypt tale, "Only Skin Deep", which I had to ditch due to legal reasons--in the original, Herbie spent much of the story topless, so I figured foam would work out better)...anyways, the likeness between the two pups is slightly off-kilter but I dont think it'll be all that noticeable on screen considering the only real close-up of Herbie we've had so far was when he was wiping off the mime make-up....


So I'm all set to start filming the cemetery scene....I hope I can keep that same sort of melancholy/whimsy/creepiness that I think I acheived with my test months & months ago....

12.21.2008

Unearthed - Herbie 2.0

After the snow, the Lady and I took turns being extremely flu-ridden, completely miserable...I'm finally feeling better today, about 85%, and ate solid food for the first time in nearly a week (been livin on noodle soup/broth)...I did have plenty of time to watch my new DVD of Jim Henson's "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas", which has always been my favorite "Muppet" special, and holds a very dear place in my heart...this new release has great documentary featurettes on the making-of, including segments with puppet fabbers, puppeteers, and the like....
Couple that with a special puppet project I'm working on for the Lady's X-mas gift, and I haven't had a lot of time to work on Herbie 2.0, but he is coming along...slowly but surely....
I layered his neck with lots of rubber latex for thickness to match the foam pup, and coated most of his upper chest and shoulders with latex since some of those spots show through the collar of his shirt....I'm especially happy with the hands....once I paint him, and dress him in Herbie 1.0's costume, he'll be ready for a test run on the cemetery set, probably soon after X-mas...


12.11.2008

Snow...

For only the second time in my life, snow fell this morning in New Orleans. A good 5-6 inches in some areas. Unfortunately, I was at work and mostly unable to enjoy it, but the Lady was up early before her shift and had time to snap a few pics....

12.07.2008

Disney Brings 2-D to Nola


Disney is resurrecting its 2-D animation with a feature called "The Princess & the Frog", scheduled for release in 2009.....and set in 1920's New Orleans! Looks decent, I'll see it just for its setting, of course :)
Another film getting great buzz, David Fincher's "Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons", starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchet (one of my favorite actresses). It tells the story of a man who ages backwards, and the woman he loves, based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, and filmed here in Nola last year. Judging from what Ive seen, this looks to be the first film to truly capture the beauty of the city. It opens on Christmas Day, we'll be there that night to see it...

12.05.2008

Unearthed - Herbie's Head

I can't go on with Herbie's arm the way it is, I've tried repairing with no luck. He definitely needs a new armature, which means new casting. I don't really have the time (or patience) or money for foam latex right now, and I'm anxious to get him fixed, so I decided to try and pull a sculpey head out of the mold. Slapping clay into both sides of the ultracal mold and squashing it together didn't work, but I wasn't expecting it to, both halves were sticking, so I had to pull them out separately, smoosh them together and resculpt a bit at the seam. I haven't baked him yet, haven't made the new armature, but I think he'll work out just fine for now.....though I will need a new foam version in a few months, because Herbie spends the last few minutes of the short in his "PJs", shirtless and boxers. (When this all started, "Unearthed" was actually supposed to be a Tales From the Crypt story adaptation, and in that story, Herbie spent some time in bed with a "beautiful" woman ;) Since I had already sculpted him shirtless, and made the bed prop, I decided to work those elements into the new story when I came up with it, so at the end of Unearthed, Herbie will be woken from a deep sleep by the sound of pounding, getting louder, until the stone giantess' arm crashes through his bedroom window......



In other news, I'm finally devoting myself to SMA (StopMotionAnimation.com)....I'm always overwhelmed when I try to throw myself into the forums there, I never know where to start, but I've got to start somewhere...I'm going to make a concerted effort to pop in regularly to share with and support my fellow stop-moes. Call it an early New Years resolution :) Plus, there's a special little Christmas project that I'm working on for a special Lady, and I don't want to post about it here in case she pops in ;) So I've decided to make this Sunday "SMA Day"...