and Peter and the Wolf ..... Both Stop Motion Works
(Hey, that's my name ) areOscar nominated for Best Short
Animated Film, including 3 other animations. I am not
sure why or how, but these are on YouTube
in their entirety . Maybe because they are Nominated,
to further promote or influence? Side Bar observation:
Masses have unbelievably adapted themselves to
watching all manner of moving images on these very small
movie player windows on their computer screens (even smaller
images on cell phone screens ). Obviously, image or sound quality is inferior
compared to better quality, watching on more
reasonably larger size TV screen from a DVD.
Also, these YouTube things, are broken down into segments,
so that also, sort of negatively impacts the full viewing
experience. Anyway, here you go (Tutli-Putli, more for
adults & discretion advised) ......
PART 2 & PART 3. Did you know Peter
and the Wolf will be aired in the USA on the
Public Broadcasting Service, March 26? The series is
called Great Performances. PBS posted at YouTube,
teaser clips of behind the scenes, Click 1Click 2Click 3. Aardman Studio, has recently acquired distribution rights. I do not know when &
where you can purchase the DVD
in USA. It is at Amazon in the UK but they are out of stock
(they have the DVD, PAL version). Hmmm ..... kind of odd to me, the highbrowPBS,
a member of YouTube. I guess, PBS sees
possible $Marketing$ and will make some exceptions, and 'lower' their Highbrow-ness
.EDIT: 02.23.08 ____________________
Digital Still Cam Bandwagon
am seeing more topics at messageboard about Stop Motion newbies
wanting to use Digital Still Cams.
Perhaps, some may not have an understanding of the entire
Hi-Res workflow requirements? The primary fact: High
Resolution from DSCs is way overkill (for the end product) and you need to
jump through some workflow hoops to downsize the Hyper high res images
& then, the issue of editing/post-production with underpowered
computer. Sure, there are some workarounds but makes the workflow more
involved & not the most ideal. I am guessing, because DSCs are
so ubiquitous at consumer market level, the
Stop Motion wannabies think, "I will just use the DSC
that I already have". The general public starting to
look at standard DV Resolution as ghetto?
A reflection of how advertising marketeers/pushers molding
the minds of the masses. I am even seeing now, little cuts
& jabs at messageboard about standard
DV resolution. Some are subtle dissing comments, but this is a recent
one that I recall which is a more blatant one liner stab "Sony DR-301 makes me vomit".
Well, I say to some of you Snot
Nose Spoiled 'High Resolution Elitists',"Judge
me by the content
of my animation
by the number of high resolution pixels!". High
Resolution does not automatically mean
that your product is supposedly 'superior'. I
would rather see some Video/Film work done
even though it might not satisfy your Nirvanic High Resolution
compulsion. Look, I know all the Pro
and I do not need a lecture. If I ever go over to the Hi-Res
side in the
future, it will possibly not be Digital Still
Cameras, but instead, I seem to be gravitating towards HD
Video using HDMI interface for uncompressed
HD video resolution capturing. Some Stop Motion Software are beginning to have HDMI
compatibility. HDMI is like the new
Firewire for High Definition Video.
For the not so technically
inclined, have you considered the computer high
horsepower & image storage
capacity neededfor High Definition Video processing
& editing? Most likely, right now with your current computer,
you cannot even playback
the HD resolution in REAL
TIME. How about doing other HD post production tasks? Very slow? At
messageboard, I see minimal inquiries about HD
video editing & post production workstation. Exercise your
mouse clicking finger here and earn
your research. That High Horsepower & Specialty HD editing
software requires some extra $$$ investment.
Of course, it is your choice if you want to get side-tracked in the miasma of High Resolution anal
retentive technical details . I choose
to sit on the fence and let you
be the experimental lab subjects for me , while I will focus on the 'Animation'
with my soooo inferior Digital Video resolution.
Addendum: The phrase, Digital
Still Cams, I sometimes use as generic
description which covers both consumer DSC & higher end DSLR. EDIT: 02.17.08 ____________________
Uncle Ray In-Person, Animation
Principles, The Transitory Net .... On February 20,
Wednesday, 7:15 PM, an appearance by the master puppet pusher at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California.
Guests will include Craig Barron, Dennis Muren, & Phil Tippett
and also Ray's friend & manager, Arnold Kunert.
Some recent forum topics on Key Framing (aka pose to pose)as applied
to Stop Motion 1 & 2. Even better
if you get yourself some foundational animation books
(listed right on this news page). Here are some online articles by Keith Lango1 & 2, on Animation principles. Some
of it, maybe wordy, but if you are a heavy
cerebal-type reader & absorber of massive amounts of text, then
you may like it. There are also a few sample, freebie Video Tutorials Posing 1Posing 2. Keith's articles &
the sample Vid Tuts slanted
towards CGI methods (borrowing heavily
from 2D principles), however, to me, basically repeating
what is already in books about classic
animation principles, but perhaps, presented in a different
style. Also, only my view, maybe getting very deep into breaking
down & analyzing every minutiae of details about Animation,
and then my eyes starts to glaze over! He has many links to other
Animators of his kind, but no
Stop Motion brothers/sisters . I do have to say though, that Keith
generous & prolific
with sharing his Animation knowledge. More links
at SMW Library and past news-blog.
to remind you, that the Internet has ephemeral qualities. Plethora of
websites end or terminate.
If you do notactively support
(contribute, talk, feedback. etc.) your
favorite website hang-out, it can one day, just vanish.
Here is an example of one website
which is not Stop Motion but mostly CG & 2D animation. The
website owner frustrated with non-involvment
by people just lurk-sponging.
disappointment at AnimWatch. Hopefully, you
do not want that to happen to StopMoShorts, Stop
or other Stop Motion related websites?
You know; we just
disappear. Show a spirit
is a community. Not fair toput the burden on the few.
share. Contribute .... say something ....anything.
EDIT: 02.10.08 ____________________
02.02.08 *Front Projection Special Effects ....
of brain fried today. In addition to pressures & expectations
from you. All this knowledge you are hoarding but
what are you going to do with it!? Okay, I will do a minimal
blog/news (like Marc Spess does ). For the ol' timers
that appreciate traditional, sweat busting, you earned
it Special Effects;
let us momentarily pay our respects to Front Projection.
A technique I got interested
years ago and played around with it but got only to testing stages.
Then, CGI invaded the planet earth with their attempts to take
over all special effects . For us Mechanical-Gadgeteering
Creatives, Front Projection was FUN (to me). Since front
projection has practically disappeared, I guess my ol' mounted two
4 x 4 feet Scotchlite Screens may be a rare item. Try
and find where to buy the specific # 7610 3M Scotchlite
screen material. As far as I know, the 3M company no longer offers this
specific Scotchlite material in roll form/sheets. I also have some
small rolled up 3M Scotchlite (not mounted). The FP screens &
other stuff taking up some minor space in my shop/studio, but I do not
mind. I just dig the hands on,
get in there elbow grease of ol' classic
special effects. Similar feelings with my Bolex
SBM 16mm cam. I do not feel like selling it. What a
marvel of engineering. The damn thing will outlive me and a nuclear
blast. How long will your planned obsolescent Digital Cams
and anything Techy,last?
Today, some stripped down form of Front
Projection still exist, but it's only a propriertary method for Green/Blue screen
chroma-keying. For us ol' timers some links to indulge in and escape
from the computer technological sterility of today. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9EDIT: 02.03.08 ____________________