So we Launched the KickStarter Site today for MADGOD.. sweet!. so i thought i'd add to the "behind the scenes" images for people to check out. This project is like no other. It's more Alchemical, spontaneous, accidental, for better or worse it's unique. but words are boring... here's stuff to look at
sometimes my kids get trapped at the Studio while we work, Phil gives them quarters for the snack machine, and they draw...sometimes i pay them a nickel for every army man they melt !
Rattled off another 200 plus frames again the other weekend... i don't even remember which. The Dark Tale continues, (and when say dark i mean i can't see a thing!) it's amazing how the Digital cameras these days can shoot in virtual darkness and still get a great exposure while animating in a literal cave!
well.. not very good pics. but here are the last weeks worth of effort, painting , drying, painting, drying, etc.
String, wood, paper mache', glue, paint and wire, oh, and an unknown vertebrae, a chicken neck, and 2 dog teeth...
The Pit: 240x in 7hrs.... couldn't see a thing, staring into the LED light held by the puppet was like staring into that light the Eye Dr. uses to see the backside of your eyeball. ya know the one where they say, " look at my left ear and the light-bar burns into the corner of your vision and it feels like your staring just to the side of the sun on a snow pack field?
none the less the feeling of being lost in a giant cavern, slowly moving thru a curious and impossible environment was mesmerizing. the time just slipped by as frame by frame the Assassin crept forward.
the Assassin and me.
this is more like what it looked like on the Set.... DARK!
Had to go Old School and shoot using surface guages because all i could see on the Frame Grabber was 10 pixels of a white spot that was the Assassin's Torch-
Got to shoot this one with Jim Apperle!!! he did the lighting and the camera move.
i have 1 camera on the Stop Motion set, the other camera shooting time lapse of a sculpture,(but still got the iPhone) also teaching Harper how to make diorama of Coco Chanel for school. But managed to get a couple new castings done (the cold weather makes it take about 3+ weeks for the catalyst to completely fire)... and started another sculpt. CIRCE.
Blaring the Soundtrack to "The Fountain" and Ennio Morricone, we dance out a few more shots, WWII BlitzKrieg Cannons, Search Lights, and tiny tiny Guards in tiny towers, pointing tiny fingers and "Fire!"...
For those out there still over analyzing, over thinking, squeezing the proverbial pencil to tight, the MG crew rattled off another couple shots. We were graced with Dennis Muren on this shoot. He swept in and in about 30min. had a set a few lights found an apple box and set down to animate some Search Lights, no fuss, what a talent, said he hadn't shot a frame in something like 25yrs. and he rattled off a shot, perfect, NO RESHOOTs ! i love that guy...