It has been a busy few days. Just a drive by posting to say hi and put up a link to my Facebook Page
So I was looking at the rules for the EFS 72 hour challenge this year. And it is a great big huge NOPE. Last year registration was $20. There was a screening, that everyone who went had to pay for including the entrants, but it was not required. This year, registration is $35. You are required to go to the screening, and you have to pay for it. AND....you have to give all exclusive rights to EFS, and they reserve the right to sell your movie, without notifying you or sharing any of the proceeds with anyone involved in the making the of the video. So....you pay to make the film. You pay for the equipment and people's time. You pay for any props, etc you may need. You put your blod sweat and tears into writing, producing, editing a short in 72 hours. You pay to enter the film, and potentially to even see your own film...then THEY get to profit off it and you can't. And this is regardless of your placement in the challenge. It applies to those who did not place, as well as first and second. That is not OK with me. I can understand them asking for rights to reproduce in marketing materials and on thier website for the winners. But this just seems over the top. Why would I put that much effort into something that, if done well, I can't even use to get myself work? I was using it to help boost my skills. I can't justify it for that. What if this year I actually make something awesome? That would be a first, and I would definitely want to put it up on my Vimeo page and hand the link out as an example of what I can do. If someone saw it and decided they wanted to use pieces for a commercial and were willing to pay me, I would damn well want the right to do that.
And they are wording it..."We are only accepting the first 60 registrations". Like they expect to get more. Last year, with no limits, they had 40 entrants. What do they think has chnaged? They have done everything they can to curtail the number of entrants, then they egotistically think they will get more registrations than last years number plus 20%. This whole thing smacks of not respecting or trying to take care of the artists involved. And that is what this should be. It is not an international grand scale thing. It is small and local. They have several high vis sponsors, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon. They don't NEED to exploit the artists. They are choosing to. This kind of endeavor in a small podunk town like Eugene will never be a multi million dollar venture. You do it to give fledgling local film makers a place to cut thier teeth.
There are plenty of others out there that are less to enter and allow you to keep rights to your own work, or at thevery least you only have to allow them to use your final product in thier marketing materials and promotion. I intend to find one and go there instead. I am sad, as I was hoping to support local. But in this case I can't. I just...can't.
As excited as I am about the new version of Pinnacle, I haven't done anything with it since my last post. I have been playing. Well, I have done some. I am having issues getting a good focus. Not sure if it is the software, my camera, my computer or my crappy monitor. I need to play around and get it together. Later today I will do some more playing and possibly Periscope it. I am considering moving my bedroom TV downstairs and connecting it to my computer to see if it helps. I generally try to wait until it is dark enough outside not to effect the lighting. Blinds only block so much, and today it is going between dark and cloudy and bright and sunny. I can see it contributing to flicker or jumpiness.
I am also doing some consideration about what I want to do for the EFS 72 hour horror film challenge, and how to get it accomplished. I am thinking of going suspenseful this year. Need to freewrite some ideas I can use. I also need to reglue Wade. I am halfway through building a new puppet, but I don't want to take the time needed to get it finished in 2 weeks. Today I am tired and blah, so I don't have much more to day. I am trying to post more regularly, so I thought I would say something. After I have played a bit more I will post.
Sooo...today I couldn't wait to play around with the new setup. I got it all in the dining room and rearranged my extension cords so I could have everything plugged in at once. I watched a tutorial video on Pinnacle's website. It worked great. I learned a lot. There are a few things I still need to learn...like how to get it into better focus (which may be Pinnacle settings, may be my camera or mid range lense), and how to get it to shoot rectangle shots instead of square. But the final product turned out better than I hoped it would. I am kind of excited to see this, and am maybe leaning more towards doing the 72 hour EFS horror film challenge. And now I need to write my fan film script, so I can get it done for Anglicon. So many more things I can do now. I am so stoked. I still look at it and see how not professionally produced it looks. But I am heading in that direction. And that makes me so happy. :)
This video represents 5 hours worth of work. Stop motion is not the easiest or the fastest, but it is the most fun ever!!
Soooo....yup. It works. I am so excited. I only did a quick test to see if it will shoot. I will experiment more with this tomorrow. Here is the test. It is crap, and it has focus issues, but it works. Woo hoo! :)
I was not very happy with the way that octopus video turned out. It is kind of fuzzy. It is jumpy (that part is my fault, I was not patient enough to get the right frames and tried to duplicate, which I know rarely works well in stop mo). So I started looking online for Pinnacle studio tutorials. With the newer version, you can shoot stop mo directly to computer, and it has fewer requirements than Dragonframe. They are having a sale, so instead of $120 to upgrade, it is only $69.95. I have been struggling long and hard, and right now, the point of everything I am doing is to figure out the best way to use the equipment I've got. I can still use version 18 if 20 does not work with my laptop. So I decided to go for it. I may regret it, but it isn't as bad as the $300 oopsy with Dragonframe. Which according to thier tech specs SHOULD work with this laptop and does NOT. Won't even open. BTW, thier support is CRAP. I do not reccomend Dragonframe, even if it turns out to work great after I have the money to upgrade my laptop.
Pinnacle upgrade is downloading right now. I guestimate I will know if I have chosen wisely or chosen poorly in about 30 minutes. Fortunately for me, all I will be out is $70 and my frustration. No melty faces or whatever. My plan is to do a little playing around tonight, and if I can get it to recognize my camera, shoot and whatnot, I will do some actual shooting tomorrow and Periscope it. See if I can get a better video. If not, I will be disappointed.
The other thing I have been thinking over is the 72 hour Horror Film challenge by Eugene Film Society. This year it is going on Oct. 22-24. I mean, it was a frustrating blast last year. And if I can get this to shoot better, I may be able to get a better video than last year. But do I want to deal with it? I have other things I want to work on. BUT.....it would also be a great way to test the new setup, see what I can do with it. I have committed to a DnD game on the Saturday. With how much time was wasted last year with the computer shutting down and losing 3 hours of work, I may be able to do it. I have to decide.....I already committed to the game, and they are counting on me, so if I do it I would have to budget 5 hours out of that to go do that. THough that is tentative, and we have no final go ahead on the game. I suppose I can put my hat in the ring, then decide to drop out if I want.
Argh. Why can't I just be normal and not obsessed with this stop motion crap? I mean I love it. I LOVE IT. I dream about it. I literally cry when something goes wrong, I want to do it well so badly. When it goes right, it goes so right. I wish I had more of a natural aptitude for this, and it wasn't so hard for me to get a good finished product. Sigh.
So I kind of finished my first movement test for the red octopus. It is kind of jumpy. But not too bad for what it is. I will be shooting more, either tonight or tomorrow, to see if I can smooth it out a bit. Here is attempt #1.
Again, not great, but not absolutely crappy. The title is in refernace to the PDX Broadside's song Nopetopus.
So the last 2 posts look like they are blank. They were not when I posted them and checked them, and now they are. This is not OK. Why on earth would anyone post when there are no posty words yet? Seriously. And yes, I am a bit crabbilicious today. :P
So in stead of filling in the last 2, I am just going to sum up here. I have been Periscoping my animation sessions. If you wanna see, my handle is @teaweaselstopMO both there and on Twitter. I have it set to save all my old broadcasts, so if you wanna see my boring sessions you can still go back and watch.
I have had some pain issues the last week, so I haven't done much. But today miraculously I am for the most part pain free, so after I get my job search stuff done I will be working on videos again. I may Periscope it too. I did a test with the red octopus and he Tardis. I am trying to make it work. This is only a test. I am trying to get the hang of what setup I have so that I can just do the one for the Danny Elfman thing. It is not easy. I do not know why I struggle so hard with animation software, when all other softwares come so easliy to me. Frustrates me to no end.
Anyway, that is all I have for now. I will be back later. Maybe I will link to my Periscope broadcasts if and when Weebly gets thier shit together.
Eleanor is an aspiring writer, stop motion animator, crafter, musician, and anything else shiney that might cross her path. She is a geek, nerd, and all around weird person.