A tiny bit more stop-motion

I’ve been working on the drawn part of my film for the last couple of weeks without much time in the stop-motion studio. Got in there today to do some parts that I really wanted to add at the beginning. Think I got a really nice image to put on my business card.shadow

 

Inbetweens

greg and dianeSome blurry inbetweens (that’s greg on the left with multiplied eyes! :D). Working with TVPaint is great, I really like this software, of course I’m just using a fraction of it but it’s good to use this project to get to grips with it a bit more. I tried it a tiny bit on the last project but couldn’t get the hang of it. Thanks to Darryl and Elodie from TVPaint I’m going somewhere with it now! It has such a brilliant light table feature that brings it really close to paper animation… minus the scanning. Love it!!

Recent News…

I’ve been in the studio shooting stop-motion as much as possible in the run up to the rough-cut deadline. I’ve shot all the stop-motion parts and it’s time to devote all my time to the 2D part. After that I will do some more stop-motion, because there are some things I still wanted to try for the beginning/titles and for fun, but so far I’ve got what I need. I managed to reshoot the tattoo scene and the opening scene and I think they work a lot better and I enjoyed using the lighting and reflectors I borrowed from the loans store the “kino flow diva light” 🙂

Check out these new production stills:

tattoo shootin hoops locker sandwich

Also you can follow me on twitter and instagram, that’s fun because I’ve been posting pictures directly from the set…

On set…

making of

 

Getting Trip into position last Friday. We had a good week of shooting, was nice to be reiminded how much I love stop-motion, it can be so much fun when you get into the flow of it. Hopefully will be able to iron out some of the problems I encountered this week. Looking forward to getting back in my black box tomorrow morning!

Leg break…

breakleg

So, this happened right at the beginning of the week…but it actually was very fortunate because I was accepting the fact I had accidentally made the right leg a little longer than the left, so I could file it down and make sure the threaded ball joint screwed all the way on this time. Once I fixed him up, off we went starting with the end scene. I can’t tell you how much I love this armature! It’s so brilliant to animate with, makes a huge difference, it has weight and brings personality and flexibility beyond what I anticipated. Totally worth the money. And so, the following day…

blue trip

 

She’s from the Valley, he’s not…

ValleyGirl

I finally watched the whole of this movie Valley Girl, about Nic Cage, a major cornchip (a “punk” from Hollywood) and this pastel pink betty from the Valley. Naturally there’s more than the literal mountain range that they’ve got to overcome to be together. The plot holes are so 80’s, and the music ranges from kickin’ New Wave to the truly bogus Josie Cotton. With totally tubular lines like “fuck you for sure” and “Bitchin’ is this movie in 3D?”… “No, but your face is”   you gotta see this movie!

Nicolas-Cage-Valley-Girl

For a glossary of the Valley terms employed please see this trippendicular lexicon:

http://www.inthe80s.com/glossary.shtml

VAL

Been getting some inspiration from The Valley lately. I’m digging the 80’s Valley jargon in this Moon Zappa record (below). Plus picking up the vibe the places to hang from Encino Man, a movie about a frozen caveman who learns how to be just like a regular dude…sorta.

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Not to stray too far from the Hollywood side of L.A. I re-watched the eternally awesome Clueless, a film that apparently just gets better and better as time goes by. So witty, and a cute attitude too.

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