Just dropping a new post to show the most recent clip I’ve completed. It’s for Australian band, Snog http://www.metropolis-records.com/artist/snog
Like the other clips I’ve created. This was made using stop motion animation techniques and minimal after effects etc. The imagery was created using a combination of hand drawn and paper cut outs.
I have decided to publish the occasional descriptive analysis of some stop motion animation projects I have worked on over the years. The type of work I do is not traditional in it’s approach but more in line with William Kentridge, being charcoal on paper. In more recent years I have become interested in creating figures and cutting them out to create a stronger sense of dynamic movement.
By using this rig I created below to have a moving background.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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It’s not pretty! But it is made completely of recycled material (junk) and (lots of tape!). This rig has helped me create several scenes which would have been impossible to create without resorting to digital means, which was the challenge I had set myself. I wanted to use an absolute minimum of special effects for this project.
The figures were drawn from reference photos I took. They were drawn separately within equal sized parameters, cut out and replaced for each frame. I used a piece of foam core as a backing with a thumbtack to hold each separate frame in place. The whole thing was suspended in place using some fine fishing line which was attached to the wires at each end of the rig.
Here are the drawings before they were cut out.
Here is the sequence which combined the moving rig with the animated figures.
Next time I will explain the process I went through to create the colour in this project.
I will be happy to answer any questions about the process.
Here is a link to a short test shot for a project that is happening. The project will be completed using stop motion animation with charcoal drawings. The program used to compile images will be Stop Motion Pro.
The main theme behind is is the idea of time and its influence over all of us from crib to coffin.
The great creator and destroyer.
Test Shot 1
Here is another still image using the motif. I have since decided to cut out the gears on the below image. The Acetate, although clear, still shows up when light is coming from behind. This will be obvious even when in animating at 13fps.
Test Shot 2
Just thought I’d dedicate a post to the animated music videos I’ve created over the past couple of years.
Bomber by Abreact
A Lone Star by Anchor and the Butterfly
The Wildbird with music by Mark Anthony Stone
I am just letting everyone know I have finally organized a page for all of my animated work. There is about 4 years of my life in this one easy to navigate page. So I hope you enjoy!
Just click the link or picture below.
After 8 months and countless hours of toiling away with paper cutouts and pencils, I’ve finally completed the Anchor and the Butterfly music video “A Lone Star”
It was created in the same fashion as films like Nightmare Before Christmas but with one person on the production crew instead of who knows how many.
So go check it out!
Big favor everyone. Could you please vote for my animation on this link? If I get in the top few, my animation will be screened at the Sydney Opera House!
Just go to the link, click on the vote tab and scroll across until you see my animation which will look like this picture;