Well, I still haven't gotten the Capaldi figurine done. However I want to force myself to do more videos, so I did a quick one today. I played around with fridge magnets. I didn't put a lot of thought or time into it. I just did it. I need a nap. I have a cold and need to go rest a bit. Instead of putting up all my sets and equipment, I just used my ipad. But here is what I did today. I amy do more later if I am up to it.
Just a quick post as it has been a while. I haven't been doing much, what with Thanksgiving, etc. I did get the magnets for anchoring the Capaldi figure. When I have had a chance to play around I will post about it here. I have Periscoped some of my walks around town. I have been watching some from the UK, and was inspired to share my corner of the world.
I also think there are issues with the Weebly app on my iPad. Once again this post was empty, when it wasn't when I posted it. I have updated it, but it still did it. I guess if this doesn't show up I will have to fire up the laptop, which I didn't want to deal with today.
This picture is a screenshot from the sunrise in Eastbourne, UK, as Periscoped by @leecuba. His Periscope broadcasts are beautiful, and he is very good at keeping the conversation nice and friendly.
Played more with the Capaldi action figure. He is kind of fun to play with, even if he looks like a cross between Capaldi and Neil Gaiman. I still don't have anchor magnets, so I decided to see about how I would move him with a closer shot. I used my telephoto lens enxtension and the keys from the octopus video. It was kind of fun. It is a bit jerky. Ok, a lot jerky. In fact, YouTube offered to de-shake it for me. How sweet. :P
I also obtained a way to get tips/contributions electronically. I don't honestly expect to get anything, but it is free, and any chance to get funds to upgrade equipment or pay for building materials I will take. I added a button in the right hand column for your convenience. I want to build my next set of puppets with a skin of baloon rubber latex. I think that will work better thant he stuff I used for Wade. I only did Wade's hands in latex, and it wasn't exactly what I expected. I think the ballon rubber will be more durable and stretchy, making it easier to move the hands and fingers without causeing issues.
Anyway, here is the keys video I made.
I also did one where I joined the clip form the other day with this clip. Here is the results for that:
Just a quick drive by posting to remind people I have a Facebook page that you can like and comment on. If you want. Quick stuff, videos, links to cool stuff other stop mo people are doing, a LOT of Aardman stuff. Not spammy by any means, but it is a good way to get in touch with me and see the progress of my projects if you want it quickly in your feed. You can like it HERE.
Last weekend I ended up with a multi articulated Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor action figure. I am very happy with it. It is 3.75 inches. It is articulated at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, knees and ankles. Right now I am having a heck of a time anchoring him. He has little 2mm holes in his heels, so I sent away via interwebs for 2mm magnets to insert in those holes. Hopefully those will work.
For the moment, though, I wanted to play with him. Lacking a good way to anchor him, I decided to play with him on the base that he came with. Not great or earth shttering, but was fun. I will probably do more tomorrow.
I was having issues with getting him to move the right amount for a smooth move. So I guess it is good i am playing with him. The more I do it, the closer Iwill get to something worth watching. Right?
Yesterday I went to Eucon...Eugene Comic Con. It is only in it's 2nd year. It was kind of fun. I may go back today. May not. I haven't decided yet. I took my camera with me yesterday and just wandered around finding people in costumes to shoot. That was fun. I found a new artist (well, new to me) that I just adore. His name is Valentine Barker, and he is totally awesome. My favorite part is that he has done all the Doctors as females. Not busty females, sexy real shaped females. You can see em onhis website HERE.
I posted all my pics up on Flickr. Here are a few I really liked.
First one....this little Wonder Woman melted my heart. So cute. Just look at her face when she sees R2D2. I hope nobody ever quelches her spirit.
And Spiderman. I never did get an answer as to why he was carrying around a Spiderman chocolate box. But I thought it was funny. And the Star Wars crew. They nailed it.
You can find the rest of them HERE. Last but not least, I also went outside and took pictures of the moon last night. They turned out not too bad. I will probably get more tonight and tomorrow, which is the Supermoon. I will post one here, then you can find the rest by following th LINK.
I did another one today. I needed to stay away from any places where I could harm another person with my sarcasm. This one I redid the set and added streamers. I have decided I do not like working with streamers. They are unpredictable. You can accidentally move them without noticing just by walking past them too quickly. I also shot this one in 16:9, but when Pinnacle pulled the pictures into the movie it was 4:3. I am sure I missed a setting somewhere. I guess. I don't know. It is somewhat less mushy. Though still looks better on Vimeo. I don't know what I am doing wrong with you Tube that they mush up my videos so badly. So here it is, embedded from Vimeo.
Yup....I am still working at perfecting my camera technique with Pinnacle 20. It has been frustrating, but I think I finally got it working how I want it to. I did some more animating today, and plan to do more tomorrow. Practice makes perfect. I want to be able to make good, entertaining videos, I have to practice. Right?
So here is the most recent attempt. I called it Rec Room Riot. I do not know why. I did not realize that there could bhe an issue with light refracting wierd through the glass snail. But the focus is pretty good. I am happy with that. I notice the little things, of course...the visible handi tac....the bumped table....the choppy sequence....but overall not to shabby. I may get the hang of this after all. :)
*Edit: So I decided to upload it to Vimeo as well, just to see if it looks better. It does. Much. Here ya go.
I have been playing around again with the Canon, trying to get it to work right with Pinnacle. I made this little video. It was way too orange, and mushy. I am kind of frustated. I color corrected it, because really it hurt the eyes to see how orange it was. It now looks like a 70's filmstrip. One of these days I will figure the fucker out. I will keep practicing and trying to get it to work on a consistant basis. I am currently working on writing the script for the fan film I am going to submit to the Anglicon fan film festival. I am hoping that by the time I am ready to shoot this thing I will have all the crap worked out. I am going to post all my tests, no mater how crappy they are. Maybe either I will figure it out myself, or someone will see it and say "Hey, that is because you need to do blah blah".
Yeah, not great. It was fun to do. Random idea. The dice rolling and the punch worked better than I expected. I needed to anchor down the board better. It is anchored with handi tac. Apparently not enough, though. Sigh. More laters.
I made a video for my friend's birthday this week. It was based around doing stop mo origami. It was kind of fun. I didn't Periscope it because I decided to use my iPad to shoot it, and use time lapse instead of regular stop mo.
Here is my proof of concept...or maybe dress rehearsal?
It turned out pretty good. I was fairly confident it would turn out as well. I spent an hour building the tiny party hat and um, whistle thingy.
Here is the final video. I think if I have time for other friend's birthday I will do more.
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.
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