November 23, 2013
LIO Quote, “Disappointing — Mainstream movie biz (studios, producers, directors) are entrenched in their predominate CGI Effects mindset. Even today’s Roger Corman-type B-movies using ‘Walmart-esque Cgi’. I am not as critical of Cgi anymore, but MORE choices and mixture of special effects methodologies, adds visual aesthetic variety & flavors, instead of the current, homogenized ‘one flavor’ signature of ‘just Cgi’.
This inprogess documentary, not certain if Cgi creatures also included, however, it appears that Ol’ School (but advanced) Creature Effects, is given more prominence which is long overdue. Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren are in documentary, and surprising to see creature FX veteran Chris Walas come out, also Stan Winston’s son, & another veteran creature/monster FX artist Steve Johnson, including the Chiodo Brothers, and other renowned creature character special effects creators, make appearances & interviewed.
Many of us special FX practitioners, hobbyists, & fans , perhaps somewhat brain-fried from the ‘years’ of mouse-clicked CGI and refreshing to see this” ….
This trailer was just posted on a Facebook fan page (link below). At this time, there is no release date for the documentary or how it will be accessible for people to watch.
Posted by LIO’s Nephew
November 18, 2013
Quote from Uncle LIO (at undisclosed distant location) - “I know that Stop Motion & classic-style special effects should look ‘forward in advancing’, applying more creative & fresh approaches/techniques so that our products can still be viable, competitive, & marketable … BUT … for the Ol’ Schooler’s, here is a rarity that I have never seen before. This was a 10 minute project for educational purposes, ‘The Age of Mammal’s’, the principle person was Mark D. Wolf who the ol’ timers may recognize his name. He goes back to the mid 1970’s in stop motion & FX circles. I have a few old Cinefantastique magazine from the late 1970’s and I think Mark Wolf was the author of some articles for CF mag. My only minor quibble with Age of Mammals, might be the animated cavemen, which are a little rough compared to the more expertly executed stop motion creatures.”
Shot on 16mm MOVIE FILM and before animation pre-visualization tools such as the video or computer capture frame-grabbers. The film’s image quality on Youtube is somewhat low quality, likely due to maybe, it not having higher quality film-to-digital transfer nor any digital restoration. Names associated with ‘The Age of Mammal’s’ – Mark D Wolf, Doug Beswick, Jim Aupperle, Ernie Farino, Tony McVey
Posted by LIO’s Nephew
November 13, 2013
Animated by Shigeru Okada and Armature by Tetsu Kawamura
Quote from an animator, “Animation is NOT all the fancy equipment, computers, high technology, and other tools. A creative & skilled animator can breathe the Illusion of Life into whatever their chosen animation medium or style”
Posted by LIO’s Nephew
November 8, 2013
“Junk Head 1 takes place after a conflict between humans and clones. The clones have been driven far below, to the lower levels of the city. Now, 1,200 years later, humans are sending a research pod down below to study the clones’ habitat.”
Posted by LIO’s Nephew
October 31, 2013
These past years, I have mostly stayed in touch with Stop Motion Animation and other related special effects through Stop Motion Works & on message-boards, groups, and more recently, also through the various online social schmocial venues. I think SMW has been on the internet maybe 11-12 years. During that time, I occasionally took on small jobs related to animation & FX but it was not a primary income venture for me. Instead, my ‘joe job’ has been primarily responsible for paying my rent & bills. My mental state was on hold in actually getting back to hands-on stop motion, at least, maybe continuing pursuing it as a hobby activity. With the always vicissitudes of life distractions interfering in the past but that seems to have temporarily settled, and certain events now seem to have fallen into a ‘perfect storm’ situation and the timing might possibly be right to pursue my stop motion activities, that is actually getting back to hands-on pushing of puppets. NO grand or epic Stop Motion projects that will take years to complete. Just to have fun shooting-off frames … quick animations, tests, demonstrations, etc.
All my equipment has been in storage & gathering dust and much of it maybe outdated such my ol Bolex 16mm camera is maybe not the best or economical choice to use in this digital age, and my Super 8mm cameras obviously (I have a few) are maybe only good now for ‘collectors’! (if anyone wants them, let me know) When I thought of jumping onto the non-film stop motion, by using Video Camcorders (instead of film camera) to capture the stop motion, I purchased a few camcorders such as the now infamous Sanyo IDshots which has 3 main features … it is a video camcorder, a still photo camera, and has a built-in animation framegrabber/capturing … you can shoot & record stop motion with it, you can flip back one frame to compare with live image, when the animation is completed, the iDshot will then convert it to a quicktime movie (inside the camera), which you can then download to your computer. The other purchase was, at the time, a pretty advanced high level consumer camcorder, the Canon GL2 having very high quality lens optics and also GL2 also having multitude of features for the serious videographer. It capture-records on MiniDV tapes. The GL2 can also be used as a still camera with the images saved inside the camcorder’s SD removable memory card.
Because I was on hiatus from stop motion for years, now even my Sanyo Idshots and GL2 camcorder are maybe becoming outdated. I have love/hate with TECHNOLOGY … I do reluctantly use these techy toys but usually at minimal level. My smartphone, I have cheapest, no contract service. I do not own multitude of techy devices. Just minimal everything with regards to techy stuff. In my more later years I am becoming more frugal in expenses and somewhat trying an austerity diet. Of course with Stop Motion technqiues now, the common practice is using the latest Digital SLR cameras for today’s more sophisticated stop motion recording/capturing. I already, have these older cameras (iDshot & GL2) and I will NOT buy a Digital SLR for awhile! Techy-based products can be money sink hole with compulsion to buy the ‘latest’ high technology. With the planned obsolescence nature of these products … next week … a supposedly better bells & whistles product taking one into the nirvana of extreme stratospheric resolution
So my plan hopefully will be: Before my old equipment becomes totally obsolete and before I am pushing up daisies , I am DETERMINED to use my Sanyo iDshot cams & my Canon GL2 for Stop Motion. By today’s extreme high resolution in use today, my camera’s fall very short. You know what? I do not give a rat’s butt and screw all you high-resolution-holics . I will go ol’ school, retro look. So what, if my stop motion will look a little fuzzier. I am not even going to use a computer! How about that! Well, I might be exaggerating slightly as one cannot completely avoid using ‘Puters . FYI, one thing that helped motivate me … I recently acquired an ol’ school Video Lunchbox which will serve as a framegrabber to monitor the frame by frame movements. Both the IDshot & Canon GL2 has live video out. I can connect my Video Lunchbox to the camera … the camera will capture the still image, then the Video Lunchbox will capture the frame by frame reference. So essentially, I can animate without using a computer and software such as Dragonframe or Stop Motion Pro. After images are captured to the Canon GL2’s or iDshot’s memory storage, they can be downloaded/imported to computer for editing. Maybe one day, I will graduate to higher level and afford the luxury of those Cadillac stop motion programs.
Hmmm …. I feel weird rambling about me – me – me, to this extent. In setting all this up, I might be less online during the next month or so, as I also have to take care of personal matters … you know, typical year-end holiday things, cramming, rush, etc. .. but anyone can privately contact me. Soooo, we shall see. I have had a Youtube Channel for years and maybe finally will post my own experimental & demonstration animations & whatever.