Monday, 26 March 2012

Snap shots and photos

Tobias asking why?

Filming is underway, I have shot little bits and pieces, mostly establishing shots, I worked Monday to Friday last week everyday and plan to do this for the next however many weeks it takes to get this film made.

I don’t want to sound like I am rushing this though as I am taking my time and making sure everything looks good, for instance today, I got to the studio at nine and setting up the shot took so long, I didn’t take a single frame of animation until around two!

Here are some pictures of what I’ve been getting up to, the film is looking promising and I hope to have a lot more to show you soon.

A shot of the full kitchen

A scene where Tobias grabs a towel (the head was not seen and so was not needed in this shot)

The two main characters

Filming a scene in the hallway

A still shot from the film

Monday, 19 March 2012

Animation lip sync test

I have been working on animation tests and have been using my replaceable mouths to create some lip sync tests for the Tobias character.
Here is what I have been working on today:

Sunday, 11 March 2012

More puppet making

Puppet making has progressed a lot more recently and I am hopefully on schedule to start filming on the 19th

I have created hands for both of the main puppets, I am currently awaiting concept art for the other two minor characters, the armatures for which have been created using a much cheaper yet still effective method.
The difference between the armatures is shown in the photograph below.

The head for the sally character is now on its way to completion, it has been made from pink industrial foam covered in super sculpy and moulded into a face shape.
The eyes, mouths and eyebrows will be created separately.
There is a metal rod in the back of each characters head so that they can slot easily onto the armatures and can be easily moved when animating.

I have created hair for the Sally head out of white miliput, (which will soon be painted red) and have used wire at the back so that I can have a moveable ponytail.

The skin colour for the puppet has finally been chosen and the puppets have been painted.

The Tobias puppets face is now finalised.

The mouth shapes are currently being created for the characters as well as eyes, eyebrows and other extra replacement pieces.

The project is coming along and I am happy with the progress so far, I hope to have everything ready for the 19th.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Armature tests

Today I did some tests with the puppets to see how they would move, they work pretty well but I am going to need a lot of practice before I start filming, my animation has suffered from lack of practice and although not terrible, these animations are not up to standard.
I will also need to get myself an assistant animator, I just hope that I can find someone in time, I start filming on the 19th, so fingers crossed I get everything ready in time.

This is a fall test using magnets to hold down the feet

This is a walk test using metal tie downs to hold the feet in place

This is the final test that shows the two characters interacting with each other