Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Animation: 1st stage completed

So, if you've been checking the blog any and wondering where the updates have gone, I'll tell you - I've been animating, so all my energy was on that. However, here's some crazy news - the principle animation is complete! Thanks to the combined efforts of myself and my friends Mick and Arica, we got this project one major step closer to completion. It was an insane weekend, but we did it.

I would also like to add that Jake was there and his support was a huge help in this.
Friends helping! It just makes the process more optimistic.

I've been asked about the set-up of my film as well as questions regarding the software.
I'd love to go into this subject when I'm less distracted, but I can tell you that I was an inbetweenie kit and two kino flows with fluorescent light (I meant to use tungsten! but it actually worked out in the end). The bluescreen was just blue fabric taped on a foamcore board. I didn't make it, but it could very easily be done on one's own.
The software I used to shoot was the one and only Dragon. Effective, easy to use, and lovable. Made for stop-motion people by stop-motion people :P

One night at 3 a.m....


And in the middle of the shot, no less. Poop. I fixed that up, though.
We're always creating art at butler.

Mick's hands!
Mick helped me animate - the dude is like some kind of angel. He works at Shadow Machine and seems to know how to do pretty much... anything. Ever.

Mick went above and beyond on the project, which I will talk about later, but I will say this - I am so thankful to have amazing friends. Mick deserves 20 cakes and then some.


My birthday was on March 1st! WHAAAA!!! My friend Kelsey, who also helped with the family's costumes and made the Mom's kickass dress, made me a surprise zombie cake, filled with delicious confetti flavor. It was delicious and you could taste the love. It was wonderful and I wish I could have it forever.


  1. Yay awesome photos! I probably should have taken some. I have two of Mick sleeping on your inflatable bed, haha. I'm glad everything pulled together, we all want to see this project completed! :)

  2. thanks for sharing! i love the process

  3. Hey, I'm Jon.
    Found your blog a little while ago, thought I'd say "hey".
    Very unique design to the puppets, I'll be checking in often.

  4. Great post and Happy b day!!