Wednesday, 26 November 2008
We decided to get some preliminary visuals made so that we can get a feel for our idea. This test is an example of how we may collage moving film on to our own backgrounds. It was also the first time we tried collaging film and making photographs look like a live action setting.
We cutout each individual frame using photoshop and composited it as a film in after effects. We then applied vintage film effects and colouring to make it look more authentic. We were actually hoping it would look a bit more jerky than this, but it's nice to know we can make cutout film look almost seamless. Making it look more hand rendered would involved simply removing frames and cutting it out badly next time.
For the characters in our animation we brought in Victorian references other than cinema. We are looking to create some creatures inspired by pseudoscience, cabinets of curiosities and side shows, hopefully to add some humour.
Monday, 24 November 2008
This is a mood board for a idea for a short film idea, with an Osbert Parker inspired style for Flatpack festival 09. The premise is that two deceased people meet up everynight in a graveyard to dance or re-enact their first meeting. We'd like to give it the victorian cinema look of shakey old camera style. This is a project that will continue personally if not picked for Flatpack.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Here is The Black Dogs Progress, made by Stephen Irwin its a channel 4 commissioned piece of work. It tells the story of a dog, thrown out by its owner and forced to seek shelter somewhere...
It is a somewhat dark story yet we both really like the feel to this and the aesthetic look created by created by the multiple flipbooks.
We ventured back into the cinema where I used to work to get some images the old 35mm projector. I was glad to get some shots of it as it was a great machine to operate, if not a little nerve-wracking. We'd like to make parts of it come alive, possibly by animating over it and making a sort of collage or simply drawing parts of it again.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Here's an video of someones art project where they recreated an old victorian cinema style machine using a record player and animating on it. The people passing the cube look very convincing. I like the idea of doing something like this on a bicycle wheel, maybe I'll have to take a trip to the scrap yard if I'm going to use one. It would fit in with the re-using waste ideals that people have at the moment and that homemade aesthetic.