Monday, November 17, 2008

The Worm's Turn


Made a little build up puppet earthwork for Halfland today. Took some nice black rubber flexible tubing, filled it with a twisted a length of the fine aluminum wire the brilliant Nick Hilligoss sent me, and added a couple of the crazy smallest Mighty Magnets I've seen to both ends.

I glued and wrapped the outside with fuzzy wool yarn and wire to shape the body segments, painted it and liked how the frizzles of the yarn looked when painted. Added more yarn and wire then dipped the whole critter in gloss medium and left it to dry.

Even through all the layers, the magnets hold pretty well on metal (see it crawl over the bench vice anvil in the shop). This gives me the option for animating it in the background of the garden sequence on fabric leaves by using additional magnets or metal on the back of the leaf or stem.

20 comments:

  1. Hee! So cute. I love seeing these fun little videos!

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  2. Awesome worm!!
    The paint job looks really good.
    He moves a bit sluggish though. :P

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  3. Shel, I finally found a computer which is speedy and 24/7 reachable, so I'm able now to have a look at your blog from time to time! And wonderful things are happening here! I love to see how all your preparations come together and starting to move! This really is the magic of animation, isn't it?

    I found it interestng that's always the most simple things which works best! The worm is so cute! I really like how is moing in the "real world"!

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  4. Shel, I finally found a computer which is speedy and 24/7 reachable, so I'm able now to have a look at your blog from time to time! And wonderful things are happening here! I love to see how all your preparations come together and starting to move! This really is the magic of animation, isn't it?

    I found it interestng that's always the most simple things which works best! The worm is so cute! I really like how is moing in the "real world"!

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  5. Jessica2:33 AM

    Sorry, I don't know for what reason the website has posted the comment two times. Feel free to delete one of the others and this one, too!

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  6. Thanks, JelvaRoseRedUndinessica! xoxo

    Thanks Michael, yeah, belly full of wool I guess. I'm still trying to get the hang of speed and movement. It'll take a decade or two. In the meantime it sure is fun playing!

    Hey, Jessica, I like the repeats, makes it feel crowded in here, hee. Really glad you have access to a computer that can have you visit sites again. If I couldn't read people's blogs I'd sit in a corner and mope I think. Thanks, yes, it really is magic making puppet move. I didn't notice that this puppet was in the real world vs. a made world--that's a cool observation! Hmmm, maybe the Halfland characters will have to visit Whole world one day!?

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  7. OOooo, a wholeland halfland crossover?! coool :)

    Everything's looking great Shell, I love your little worm and all of the food you've been cooking up (especially the pumpkin almond pie, yum)!

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  8. Yeah! A Halfland crossover (I didn't know there was a name for it!) might be better than the film itself! Thanks, Jeffery!

    I just looked up Persephone and Pomegranates to see what gl meant in the comments the other day, now I know! She ate some seeds from one and it bound her to Hades for a portion of the year. I get it! now!

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  9. Thats a great puppet design, Shells!

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  10. Hey, thanks, Sven! That's a real compliment! It does animate well.

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  11. ANIMATION!!!

    very cool herself!....

    jriggity

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  12. Nick H5:56 PM

    Great to see some of the materials I sent actually being of use.
    Magnet system seems to work well for the worm - great inch-worming action!

    Nick from Rent-a-Crowd

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  13. Thanks, Nick, you are definitely the special order expert artist I requested be on hand!

    aw, Yes, sorry the puppets and film supplies haven't been pressed into service yet. You've all been very patient. I fully intend with all my might to animate everything as I picture it. I better get over there now, I've been avoiding it long enough today.

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  14. Where was this post 10 months ago when I needed to make some worms to animate? :)

    I did mine wholly out of brushing latex. Yours, with the yarn, are much, mush better. Great idea.

    Animation... yay!

    PS. Just 'cause I'm interested. Is there a reason for the focus shifts during the shot?

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  15. Hi Rich! YES! The camera goes in and out of focus because I'm shooting these mini testie tests on a little silver box cam and I see no where to TURN OFF THE BLOODY AUTOFOCUS, GAH! I kind of like it actually. I think I'll Google and see if there is a way tho.

    I turned the worm (as it were) into a woolly caterpillar, now with legs! woo.

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  16. Shel Each time I get the chance to log in here you have made so much more Awsome progress! YOur stuff looks fantastic, I loved the worm. My son and I are sitting here watching your caterpillar and loving it. *bows down to your crazy mad creation skills!!*

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  17. Shel Each time I get the chance to log in here you have made so much more Awsome progress! YOur stuff looks fantastic, I loved the worm. My son and I are sitting here watching your caterpillar and loving it. *bows down to your crazy mad creation skills!!*

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  18. Hmm...I only hit send once on that one..promise. *ponders*

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  19. Hi CJ! No problem, multiple comments makes it feel like a hopping party in here! HA!

    Thank you for your kind comments and a big hello to you and your whole wonderful family!

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