Sunday, December 13, 2015

Shelley's All Color Light

Been watching the light change in the house through the day, paying close attention to how the sun, cloud cover, and time of day affect the quality of light falling on objects. What I respond to and what I want to attempt to recreate in various Halfland scenes.

One of the things I came up with was to take an old swatch book of lighting filters I'd inherited from Upstairs Clare and glue them in chroma order onto a sheet of thick acetate. I then framed that mosaic and feathered the outer edge of it all with black paint to make a multi-hue gobo.
The results are interesting! I am loving how I can position it for warm or cool colors depending on what's being shot, fire hearth to undersea.
Having fun finding ways to use it, imitating different times and types of daylight.

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Picture Halfland Books Moving!

Start Casey Neistat's vlog from November 11, 2015 at mark 8:52 near the end for a clue to the future of Halfland.

They are called Video Brochures and I intend to have six small sequences of Halfland animation embedded into them and have them bound into over-sized Halfland storybooks, that are fully illustrated with embellished stills of the whole story.

There will be three total volumes to tell the whole Halfland tale, each with about six chapters, a motion device like these for each chapter, featuring an important moment in the story.

I'm picturing a simple twenty second moment of; Night time in Rana's cottage, her turning her head toward the hearth and leaning over to stir the kettle of soup; then looking up into the camera and giving the reader/guest a pleasant smile, for one.

Another could be, in the third volume, the whole troop of characters, dressed in their travel gear, fighting their way into the golden sands of the Secret Season. The sound could be of wild winds blowing.

A new friend and Halfland fan, told me that when she was little, she would pour over a special set of children's books she had. She would read the stories and then close the books and tilt their lenticular illustrated covers over and over, just to get the thrill of seeing moments of the story to move a little.

I think these may have been the "illustrated puppet books" she was remembering from the 60's:

This new technology of embedded media players into paper books would, to my mind, allow Halfland story-art books to hopefully be even more magical an experience for their readers.

More on this later...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I'll Be Sea-ing You!

Yes, I know, it's ridiculous! I am well underway on the construction of the undersea set. I meant to hold off on building this in hopes someone else could take it on as their own project. But, as always happens, whenever I say "I won't work on xyz" The very next thoughts that rush into my mind are in fact, fun, easy methods for how to build that very thing. And then I'm all in and off I go building.

The good news is that there's now a 100% better chance of all you lovelies actually seeing your wonderful fish puppets in the film! 
I sketched the idea with a small paper box, cutting out as much as possible without destroying the integrity of it. Next, wrapped it in plastic sheeting and painted it black, to vignette the edges of the openings, leaving one of the short ends open like a lens to film through.
Lit from above, I walked my hand around inside the sketch and viewed through the opening. Even without any blue tinting, etc. it looked like the idea would work as I wanted. So it was onto the full-sized version....!

Bought 3 large moving boxes for $1.20 each, fitting one inside the other halfway, and using duck tape (it actually was Duck Tape brand of duct tape.) to secure all seams, inside and out. Then I set about cutting it open, extending the side openings out like wings to increase the width of the set.

The far short end will be painted blackest black and have a diffusion in front of it so it will feel like it disappears into far distance. The interior will be carpeted in thin painted foam that had been laminated onto layers of aluminium foil so it is posable. On the right, you see the set all fully sculpted and all corregated edges taped-off with masking tape ready for painting.

Stay tuned... having illegal amounts of fun with this.

Thanks for watching.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Visit from Shel and Daughter Unit A!

Yay! It had been about three years I think since I'd seen Ms. Shel Rasch! (Director of wonderful award winning stop motion films such as Dogonauts and Gerald's Last Day) Too long!

Updated to add that I went to see the Raschs at the premiere of their short; Dogonauts--Enemy Line!

The last time was when she came all the way over to the old loft when I was in bad physical condition during a rush move into this new place and was destroying a lot of the sets and concerned about how to proceed. It meant so much that she came over and gave me some of her good vibrations and told me everything was going to be okay. Her visit then made all the difference.

Shel is one of the extraordinary souls that make you feel better when they are around. There's a rumor that the Rasch family may be moving out of LA for good at some point so it's important to make sure we see each other while she is still nearby. She visited the other day along with the (nearly grown up (!) budding concept artist, Daughter Unit A.

We caught up a bit and I got to show them the new set ups here. I love when I get to show people the jokes coming in the bug party scene. One thing they got to see that hasn't been blogged, is this tiny present with the plain moth. The lid is rigged to open and the moth can emerge and fly away. I embedded the hand-made box into the base (upper left) so only the moth will move during that sequence. The base will be screwed into the set from underneath. What such a moth, with gold on its wing tips, means I don't yet know.

I only snapped the above shots of the ladies updating their signing in our dark hallway on the guest artist boards as they were about to leave because I just wanted to enjoy spending time with them, to take them in as much as possible while I still can.

Hopefully, we'll get to do it again! Because Shel Rasch and her lovely daughter are some of the most talented, interesting people on the planet. Love you guys!
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