Coraline B-roll

The more behind the scenes stuff you see from Laika the more your mind is blown! It’s unreal what these guys can do. I can’t wait to see Box Trolls, their next film. Unfortunately I can’t embed the video, but follow the link below it’s incredible!

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/coraline/b-roll-iii

 

 

Trip Transforms/Spot Lighting

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The grass outside the school is now complete, got a big roll this morning and stuck it down, which is perfect! Gonna be trying some more dramatic/unrealistic lighting options to set the scene.

TRIP CHANGES

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The last 2 weeks we had lectures from Phil Hunt from studio AKA and director Ben Hibon, not only were they lectures brilliant their advice and observations on our work was really accurate and very helpful. They were both really clear about what they thought needed changing to improve the story.

Thanks to them and Steve I’ve made some quite big changes to the story and I feel it’s really taking shape now, the improvements have helped me figure out exactly what I was trying to say with this film and I feel I’ve got some renewed confidence about the idea.

I also got more help from Ioli and she was so encouraging and really payed attention to the new idea, bringing new possibilities not just for the acting but for all the elements. She has a really great eye and was really positive about me retaining my personal style, experimenting and making the most of my strengths rather than worrying about my weaknesses.

The new animatic shows Trip, still having a bad time at school, but in the new version he is the only puppet and everyone else is 2D. The tattoo is his first attempt to be more 2D, and eventually his connection with tattoo artist Pepsi is what brings him from an isolated stop-motion world into the 2D world. I want to keep the 2D world loose and sketch with the essence of my line drawings. I hope I will improve my stop-motion animation by focusing on the single puppet, rather than spreading my attention too thinly over several puppets.

I feel I need to spend the money to get a more professional armature because I know there are definite limitations with my home-made versions, I’m stalling slightly because of the cost, but I know it will be worth it.

School Set

IMG_2130┬áthe school set as it is now…. Arrested development because I need more fake grass and fake bricks. Darryl has been brilliant, setting up all the things we need for our stop-motion studio and aplogies to Steve for encroaching on your office space!

Puppet Life…

So here are the bits and bobs/work in progress that’s been going on recently.

I’ve got some great stuff for the backgrounds from the 4D model shop. And today I’ve been trying various materials, and also experimenting with different hairstyles for the puppets.┬áDiane (blonde and curly) is really starting to look like Laura Dern in Wild At Heart!

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LEE HARDCASTLE

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Lee Hardcastle is an inspiration from the animation underground. Gruesome and gory animation. He’s been a bit of sensation recently. Zombies, aliens and chainsaws, stuff that works so well in puppet animation. His approach is very DIY, he doesn’t hide the fact sets are cardboard and the characters are plasticine, but embraces it but includes some really good animation. Really good timing of exploding guts and all that. Plently of chopped ankles and sawn off shotguns. BLAM>>>SPLURT…GROAN! His youtube channel is packed with plenty of this wholesome stuff.