Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This is a short video of how the technical perimeters of the Hoth battle from The Empire Strikes back. They used the standard 24 frames per second to get the illusion of smooth motion, used baking soda for the snow, and painted a realistic mural for the backdrop. It's almost upsetting that today film makers use CGI effects entirely and disregard traditional yet effective methods.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I know in class people were talking about what wire is best for making armatures and what kind of clay is best also. I did some googling and I found a site that appears to be from a UPenn Claymation course. On it, there's links to how to build an armature, and it suggests the type of wire. If you scroll down, it also kind of compares the different types of clay that can be used to make a claymation -- even with price differences. Check it out and some of the links.
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This I really really enjoyed because it reminded me of the tv show Heroes. They look like they have super powers lol
This is just a really neat idea that was really well done (and probably my favorite):
I will hopefully post pictures of my set and characters later tonight as well.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This has nothing to do with my next project, but I thought it was pretty cool. Kinda just shows how you can take so many random objects and do pretty cool things with it...likkke candy.
As for my next sketch, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the ballerina jewelry box. My plan is to use a little live-action video and then eventually have the ballerina trying to escape from her own jewelry box. I didn't work with figures in the last sketch, so I'm hoping that all will go well!
Here is a cute one:
This review said that real water will disintegrate clay, but I am hoping they meant a lot of water exposure would and not a small amount:
And if real water doesn't work, than maybe I can do something similar to this underwater shot:
Monday, March 15, 2010
This video for a news station gave me an idea to use effects in movies that are not necessarily clay. The blending of the dreidel and the claymation characters worked well to convince me that the scene was created with these elements in complete synchronization.
This video is really funny, but it shows what you can do with so little to make a great narrative. This guy keeps these photos on his digital camera in case he loses it. It's priceless, but it really does engage the viewer in such a way... I feel as though people could be inspired by the simplicity.
Anywho, my next sketch is going to be fun... I'm gonna carve furniture (small) out of my polystyrene and melt it. I'm excited. I keep seeing this image of a chair disintegrating in a puddle. Wish me luck!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
So, it just so happens that I really enjoy listening to Japanese music and the link I posted above is my favorite Japanese boy band group. I know, weird but this music video blew my mind away. Its a live action + stop motion music video. There is this one part in the song that is simply amazing. If you scroll through the song, the part I'm talking about is where the group will be on a white block and it looks like a train moving along the track. Plus, they used really random objects to make it look cool. I really enjoyed the stop-motion in this MV. Check it out if your curious.
And my post for this week: Here is a site for sound effects that I found. Many sounds in different categories: http://www.soundsnap.com/browse
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
so yeah the concept of this animation came out of this inside joke that there is a ghost in my house who always undoes the hook to the basement door. All of this was shot in my basement. Like freal my basement is this creepy and there is a weird cave thing.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
It's an interesting take on 2D stop animation, and the silhouette concept is pretty sweet. Usually I pretty much hate anime, but the mute button and the black and whiteness helped immensely.
In the meantime, I am currently trying to convert my iMovie into a quicktime so I can post it on here... so......
Well it didn't upload. I waited about 15 minutes and gave up so hopefully we watch it in class.
Sorry! I blame my computer
Here is a link to this video called "Crawing Hand", is pretty cool, is made out of aluminum foil something that I might use later on, it also reminds me of "E" my little blue character, so I want to share it with you all!!!!
Also here is the link to My in progress claymation!!!!
It was supposed to be 30 frames/second, but imovie is really limiting for stop motion animation, as you all know. I think it came out sorta creepy anyway which was arguably my intention. Anyway I just thought I'd share it!
This claymation inspired me and made me think about timing. There is a part that has the guys keeping the beat of the music while playing checkers. The creative part is how they keep pieces of clay in the air so easily, this technique would be useful to make my scenes realistic with the world we live in and to better my skills in the world of "clay physics."
we'll discuss this Thursday in class
Monday, March 8, 2010
This is his youtube page, go check it out. What I really like about him is the way he moves his figures around. I am particularly fond of the break dancing video he does with the clay figurines. Recently, mamshman started making his figures talk which is something that I really want to get into. So, check out his work.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
This last one I found interesting because of the way that the ball bounces up and down, which is an idea that I am working with:
Here's a picture of the set for my claymation. I am using 4 panes of glass, and needed to create something that wouldn't be too reflective, so it's a box. The top has a hole that my camera goes through, and as you can see one side is open and the others have some holes for lighting. The idea of my claymation is a leaf falling and maybe a bird flying through. But if anyone is thinking of working with glass in the future, a box may be your solution!
And I know its kind of boring right now but I promise it will be more interesting when the final video is done.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Here is what I have so far. It is still "slow" in frame rate, though I hope to solve more of those issues in the next few scenes. I moved the scenery every frame, which was a pain but the snail does look like he is speeding out of control (hopefully). My biggest issues are doing more scenes without complicating the storyline. I may have him break down in a desert setting using cotton as smoke. I have a solid ending, just trying to pull it all together.