Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Bear with us for the next couple days as we have been hard at work creating a teaser for the film. I gotta say, I love it. I think you will too.
...So, check back here often and stay tuned!
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Make the jump for more
Lately we've been swamped. From storyboards and animatics to script changes and teasers. We are proud to say that our teaser should be out in less than a few weeks and we are all in agreement that it's going to be awesome. We were really proud of the shoot we did and aside from the arduous task of creating motion frame by frame, it was fun!
Most of a stop-motion animation or an animation in general is taken up in pre-production. As anyone can imagine, since production takes so much time and energy, it is extremely important to make sure that you really take the time in pre-production to lay out exactly how the film is going to look, feel, sound and animate. This is an interesting medium as the film almost essentially created in one form or another one maybe two times before you even animate it.
So my day mostly consists of looking at the script, thinking of the shots, drawing the shots, making animated storyboards, thinking of lighting for each scene, the animation and how characters and objects will move in each scene and how music can impact these scenes.
We look forward with high optimism as we are getting a GREAT response just on the little marketing we've done and we're expecting to push forward and really get out there and "wow" quite a few people so check back often as we slowly trickle out more and more behind the scenes photos, videos and more!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The contest entries keep rolling in!
This latest one is from Erin Miller in Phoenix, AZ. Great color scheme!
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More pictures after the jump....
Friday, April 17, 2009
Well it's been a while since I said anything, and I think everyone wants to know what is going on in the set department. At least I hope so, why else would you be here? Well, a small sample has managed to leak out of the dungeon that I work in for you to see.
These are the floorboards that I think I have settled on for the film. This particular piece will be used for the teaser, so unless there is a problem when filming it or Rusty throws a fit this will be the look of them.
For the teaser I needed one big rectangle of wood, and since I don't have one I made two equal(ish) sized pieces. Luckily a power saw makes short work of that.
Now doesn't that look pretty?
I needed a whole bunch of equal length(ish) "boards", so it's power saw to the rescue again! Now I have a whole pile of them.
By now I've got my rhythm down and my floor plan all laid out.
After I have glued them all down and let it dry, I apply a healthy coat of stain to it. I really want to make sure I get into every crack and crevice.
All done! I can't wait to see how it turns out for the teaser. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
If you have not had the chance to get one of these figurines, then contact us and we'll try our best to set something up for you to receive one! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a picture of your painted chair with its unique color scheme and email three pictures (front, side and back) to us at email@example.com
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
With a little luck and a lot of work, it shouldn't take much longer than a week or two to hammer out the details and get this puppy on the Interwebs so be sure to come back and check it out! Read more!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Set against a green screen, I hand held the cam, pulled back and moved to the left. I thought a shine through the clouds would be a cool effect but it's more for fun than anything else. I doubt it would be necessary for the film itself.
See the test vid after the jump.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The test sculpt for Chris is nearly complete.
This test sculpt has been held up for quite a while because I had a hard time finding a suitable eyeball. I have found the best material to be white Delrin balls, but the size of Chris's noggin is simply gigantic, and the eyeballs are just the same. Where in the world do you get such huge Delrin eyeballs? According to the research I did online, the closest place is Australia. Wow... that could take a while. So seeing as this is just a test sculpt and all, I decided to make some of my own out of bakeable Super Sculpey and leave the official eyes for future research.
Let's see where we left off last time, and how Chris looks with his new set of eyes:
Perfect size! But he'll need some cleaning up, starting with a mouth.
I make a gaping hole, then bake some teeth to put in there (way easier than using soft clay), and add some eyebrows to give me a reference for his final expression.
Notice the paint on his eyes has already started to stain and chip off. We'll have to come back to that later.
Let's add some more detail and shape to the head...
It's great! Now I just need some finishing touches. We'll start by touching up those eyes with a fresh coat of white paint.
And here's where the story sadly must end for today. The only things left to do are put on his eyebrows and stubble, but his head is so enormous that the entire thing has started to teeter back and forth under the weight of it. It actually fell over, still bolted to the wood, and hung upside down for a second before I moved it back out to the shop and leaned it against a support. The lighting out there is very poor, so I don't have any pictures of the final touches yet. The final version of Chris is going to have a slush mold for the head (meaning essentially hollow) making it much, much lighter. He is also going to have fingers, eyebrows, and stubble, but I will have to post pictures of that at a different time.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Here is a little something to get your motors running for painting your own figurine!
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Don't worry, we'll play fair... This one was made by Karma Creek so we are not going to consider it a contestant in the competition ;) (and yes, that is actually dark green but my cell phone camera seems to prefer black)
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Good luck, and be creative!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Seeing as we on the Moving Day crew are all from Phoenix, we decided to show a little "brotherly love" to all our friends here in Phoenix. How so, you might ask? Well, by giving you FREE genuine Moving Day memorabilia figurines!!!!!
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We will be handing them out tonight and tomorrow at the Phoenix Film Festival so if you are going to be near, stop by! These are very limited and will likely be very desired after the film comes out.
A word of warning though, there are only a few dozen available and they are going to go FAST so make sure you look for us in the Red Shirts with the "Stop Motion" stop sign design. (see previous post for a picture of it so you can recognize us)
Here are some other angles of the figurines. Oh and by the way, there will be something sitting on some of the chairs, but you will have to come get one for yourself to see what it is (we wouldn't want to give it all away here now, would we?)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
See the video after the jump.
So what do you think everyone? Any suggestions on background for the next test shot? I think I might grab a quick image of a sky with fewer clouds.
Can't wait till we get some actual animation test footage to show off!