Saturday, June 28, 2008
Yunickrich: of Tripods and Quadropodes
Celebrity Quadropod, Illy, was spotted canoodling with an unnamed startfish today. "No Photos please!" he shouted as the paparazzi drove by.
My thanks to Nick Hilligoss, Dick (Yuji) Kaneshiro, and Richard Van Der Male, and all those that teach me and watch me learn.
same test clip only shown at 1/2 speed (funky compression at start)
This is my second test of Dick Yuji Kaneshiro's brilliant Smoomoo camera mover. And Smoomoo is a dream! And Surprise! Reader eFriend from Australia!, Rich Van Der Male, saw Mike's urging for me to get a decent Manfrotto tripod head to trick out the camera slide for swival, pans, and tilts, found one he didn't need, and SENT IT TO ME as his endowment for the arts!! I guess he's well endowed. So, now it's Smoomoo with more movement, one might even say it's now a "Smoomoomoo".
I'm going to say this nonchalantly at first; I adapted the Manfrotto tripod head to mount securely to the aluminum Smoomoo platform. That statement doesn't tell you that I did this without the know-how or ability to have done it! I thought of how to do it myself and used hardware, nuts and bolts that I already had here! That's crazy! I used a steel flange, various washers, nuts, I even hacked off the length of the right diameter bolt so it could be used. Is this how things get done? Cool.
This Made in Italy Manfrotto baby is so luxuriously smooth riding on the glide track. It's not a geared head but I plan to keep testing to see if I can get the look I want with it. Rich, that was an incredibly generous and kind thing to have done. I thank you for it. I'm very grateful.
As I am to Yuji for coming over to build a copy of this fantastic camera mover. And to the brilliant Nick Hilligoss for making the two Quadropodes that could only have been made after his many years of experience animating. They are the perfect scale, the perfect amount of detail, the perfect posable armature. The eyes stay in their latex lids perfectly, the tiedowns hold perfectly firm. Plus their concept for the underwater scene is well, perfect. I can't thank Mr. Nick enough for sending these to use.
I loved my quick test animating today. I was thrilled to start playing with the technology of it, begin to understand that there's a rhythm to doing it, and most of all glad to see that I love doing it. Yep, I'm stone cold solid hooked.