Anthology short produced by Champaign Movie Makers last fall — each of the 6 segments were created by largely independent teams. I produced, directed the campfire segment, and helped out in various capacities on a number of others.
Yesterday I did a stopmo demo for a couple of animation classes at Parkland College — between screenings, pimping local film organizations, and answering questions, I only got a bit over an hour and a half all together to actually animate. Here’s the result. The first wide shot was done during the first class period, the two closeups and last wide were during the second class. It was a lot of fun; sounds like the prof wants me back in the spring. Mr. Fluffy-ears can continue his dance then.
The weekend after next! Baby Lovecraft will be screening at the San Pedro HPLFF, as well as another great Champaign production: “The Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce”, by Michael Bach. Both will be screening in Shorts Block 2.
Starting the second shot of a short starring the Critter Critics rabbits — not set for a full CC episode yet, but this’ll be a good test run of the puppets. Even shooting on twos, the first shot clocked in at 309 poses; shot 2 will only be 184. CC’s going to be cut a bit quicker, and make sparser use of the wide view, but it works for this short.
Working with ball and socket armatures is much different than my past experience with twisted wire, since you don’t have to hand-tune the tightness of wire joints with a hex key. Some joints are feeling pretty stiff (Grey’s right elbow was a real pain in shot 1), some too loose (definitely going to need to tighten Brown’s right ankle before he can even attempt to walk), but this is all great stuff to figure out *before* I dive into a ~5 minute episode.