LAURI ACHTE

I’ve been collaborating with Lauri Achte for the music and sound design for Give Trip A Break. He just sent me the final version and it is awesome! I’m so impressed with what he’s done and how much it adds to the film. We talked about working together on the next part because it makes such a difference to give sound to the film. He’s doing all sorts of other interesting projects and the music in the film is brilliant. Can’t wait to show everyone!

Check out his work https://soundcloud.com/kuplasound

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:

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

On set…

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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

 

Trip Heads

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I re-sculpted Trip’s head too. I’ve made around 15 now, but none of them really looked like the drawings I did, some had eyes like a goldfish, and others looked too alien-like/Munch’s The Scream… this one (at the top) is the closest so far. I’ve got two versions the same now, I used a slightly different modeling technique this time it seemed to be more effective! 🙂

New Armature for Trip!

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I took the plunge and got a professional armature kit (from the helpful guys at http://www.animationsupplies.net/) and began remaking Trip from scratch. It really will make a huge difference to the animation, working with homemade twisted wire armatures is fun, but they are limited and break too easily. I’m really looking forward to animating with the new model. It also seems worth the investment since I plan to make some follow up episodes. It’s thanks to Brook for inspiring me to raise the bar on my animation, she had her armature from the get go and I could see how great it looked. It’s one of the wonderful things about about being in college is you are encouraged to push your work further by fellow students.

It was very fiddly to make this thing for the the first time and took me ages. I had to concentrate so hard to make sure I was getting all the bits right. I still made a few mistakes, but the next one should be easier! The articulation of these joints are awesome!

Trip Toys

I was making puppet versions of Trip and I looked at various Toy designs to help me with the practical functions. I also looked at some paper-toy designs that inspired me to make my own, as a bit of an additional Trip giveaway. This was just a quick idea for one! There’s a really interesting book on paper toy design in the library called “We Are Paper Toys”

Trip Prototype

just working on a prototype for the main character. He’s a little shakey still, but glad to have him in time for the start of term. I muffed-up the right hand so I’ll re-work that tomorrow. Found some great doll props that are just the right size! Trip doesn’t listen to mp3s, no way! He’s into vinyl!