Stop motion has always been a passion of mine, but I’ve never actually had many chances to do it (except that small test I did back in 1998, see a previous post). However, now I’m challenging myself to create a stop motion puppet, animate it, and composite it into a live action scene. So It begins!
First I did a composting test to see if I could effectively remove a background and replace it with something more ancient. The original shot.
The final composite shot, with a little extra elements. Here I am observing a UFO in Mexico and getting a weird feeling that I’m being watched.
Ok, So it worked. Now I ordered an EZ Armature from Marc Spess’s excellent site, www.animateclay.com
It arrived today. And here it is…..
Almost 8 inches tall and fully possible. Tie downs for the feet are going to be a challenge. we will have to deal with that when we get to it. Next step is the design and construction of the puppet!! I’ll be using Sculpy to create the body textures, head, feet, and a claw. The rest will be foam and latex, then hand painted. Stayed tune, It’s labor day weekend and there’s lot’s of shopping to do.
At Last!! The third episode of The Secret Space Base Podcast!!!
In this episode we talk about the documentary Sense of Scale and the use of miniatures in film making. And I jump up on my soapbox and start lecturing about the awful practice of animating for free just to get experience. Here it is for your listening pleasure.
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I love stop motion animation so I thought I would post a couple excellent clips of Pete Peterson, one of the animators on the classic 1957 film, The Black Scorpion!
Short, but very creepy……
The Las Vegas Monster!
The Black Scorpion – Underground Battle
The Black Scorpion – Stadium Battle
Directed by Derek Kwok and Henri Wong of Parabucks Company using Batman toys
Lots of Fun. Who said playing with dolls was just for Girls?!
BATMAN: DARK KNIGHTFALL
I love 1980’s / 1970’s Giant Robot anime. Force Five was awesome! Transor Z, although poorly edited, rocked, And Robotech was one of the biggest influences in my life. It actually made me pursue animation as a career. Well imagine my horror when I saw these. You have got to watch them to believe them. Lessons in animation on what not to do. And yet I have to give these guys kudos for actually getting a movie together and selling it.
SPACE THUNDER KIDS
PROTECTORS OF UNIVERSE
Many of us older nerds will remember this animated movie from the 1980’s. While Americans viewed animation for only children the French were not afraid to delve into more adult, science fiction themes. The result was this strange piece of cinema. From Wikipedia;
“Gandahar is a 1988 French animated science fiction and fantasy film. The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (The Machine-Men versus Gandahar).
An English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein and produced by Bob Weinstein, while noted science-fiction author Isaac Asimov made the revision of the translation. The English title is a translation, not of the original title, but of the original tag line “Les Années lumière” (The Light Years) as seen on the French poster.
Voice actors for the original French version included Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Catherine Chevallier, Georges Wilson, Anny Duperey, Jean-Pierre Ducos, and Jean-Pierre Jorris.
Among the actors providing the voices for the English-language version were Glenn Close, Jennifer Grey, Terrence Mann, Penn and Teller, John Shea, Bridget Fonda, David Johansen, Earle Hyman, Earl Hammond and Christopher Plummer.
The animation was in colour and ran for 83 minutes. Production work was done by SEK Animation Studio of South Korea. The film is notable for its strange scenery and exotic flora, fauna, and bizarre inhabitants.”
For your animation viewing pleasure (NSFW, animated nudity) I present: Light Years
Time for some more Youtube movies for you to watch. Enjoy This B movie Madness!!
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT
AT THE EARTHS CORE
THE LAST DINOSAUR
THE LAND UNKNOWN
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN
THE CRAWLING EYE
and finally one of my all time favorite 1950’s Scifi films. I watched this numerous times growing up and still watch it to this day. I present for your enjoyment….. KRONOS!
Don’t you worry your pretty little head, there will be more coming.