History of Current Film Project
Letter Bugger is a PSA about the plague of litter defacing our world. It has a definite horror/slasher sensibly. The time for Iron Eyes Cody hippie guilt has long passed. The current generation doesn't give a damn about guilt or nature. When I see litter I want to force feed it to the litterer. Maybe when they see my little film they will understand just how close I and others are to attacking them in the street for there mindless despoiling. You have been warned.
6/15/16 : post 2
Beware the ides of June. Another water test. Getting closer. Having some problems with camera and set shake.
Worked on the school girl. Going to have her riding a bike. Another water test. The mid ground water is good but the close up has too big of actions, changes. That is why is is call a animation test.
6/14/16 : 2nd Post
Just ordered some bicycle spokes and nuts for tie downs and support beam construction. Planning a night of animation soon. Working on the first of the school girl puppets.
Daiso Japan is one of my all time favorite stores because there is so much for the stop motion person. There is one in walking distance from my home. Just in, super cool school girl uniforms in doll sizes that will fit small kid size puppets in my scale. I need to make more kid puppets for my project. A lot of my litterers are junior high kids, which has nothing to do with the fact that I just taught a Junior High Stop Motion class and more to do with the fact that most of the litterers in my area are from the local Junior High School. Also new at Daiso eraser guns, I picked up 2 sets so one can be destroyed by my Trash Hound. Their eraser art is a gold mine, food, toys and now guns. And most of them are in my scale. My scale is about 8 1/2 to 9 inches for an adult puppet.
6/13/16 : 2nd post
Friday the 13th comes on a Monday this month. Did my second water test, some camera shakes and shadows from the unlite set but the water does start to read a little.
Any work on my stop motion project was called on a count of 45 pounds of peaches. But here are a couple of images from the Siverado Library Summer Reading Display Board my wife just did. I did the armatures for her frogs.
Slow day, raining. Spent some time doing graphic for the set dressing "After" phase.
I normally cook up small batches of transparent clay, 2 or 4 table spoons. Which is simple compared to 2 cups which seems to want to under cook. It came out okay after a number of re-cooks. Below is the formula for 2 table spoons (4 tea spoons). To convert to cups the formula would be:
- 2 cups Corn Syrup
- 1/8 Cup Salt
- 1/8 Cup Corn Starch
6/9/2016 : 2nd Post
Just got the films DropBox-ed (is that a word) to the other side of the world. Cleaned the work area, CHECK! Reassumbled and cleaned the set, CHECK! Started a little set dressing, CHECK! Built a shaky-cam rig, not on the list but CHECK! Got the supplies for the transparent clay which I will cook up tonight.
So what were my goals for yesterday?
- Finish up the resin base for the water.
- Make peach jam.
- Make a large batch of Transparent clay.
And what did I actually accomplish?This happens more times than not. And I guess it is good to set big goals. But it all seemed doable in the morning hours before the dam broke.
- I did finish river base but the end section was killer insane and made me use curse words.
- My wife and I did two batches of peach jam, 15 half pint jars 3 pint jars or a lot of peaches.
- I did the calculations to convert from a very small batch of transparent clay (2 table spoons) to a very large batch (4 cups). But that is as far as I got.
And I did rework a to scale mailbox stamp dispenser so that the dispenser part is not visible.
Goals for today?The list goes on and on but I am going to stop it there because what I have is enough for one day.
- Transparent clay
- Clean and reassemble the set.
- Clean the construction debris from the work area.
- Start dressing the set.
-ALL BETS ARE OFF- Just got 4 films as semi-finalists in a festival and have to get all the posters and files FTP-ed out today which is going to play havoc with my schedule.
The damn dam broke and I had a mess with polyester resin everywhere. I cleaned it up and patched the damn dam and poured back in as much of the resin as I could. Then I doubled dammed the riverbed this morning up river from the busted damn dam and gave it another shot. And yes I said dam and damn a lot. But that is what happens when the damn dam breaks. It is always something. It always takes a little longer than you planned. Next it is back to the kitchen to make preach jam and maybe later today cook up a large batch of transparent clay. I will post my formula, a byproduct of my years as a chef paying for my seven years of college. The fake grass people keep emailing me to ask if I got my samples. I always tell them that I did but nothing more. They are looking for a large sale of lawn carpet. But hey it is a small price to pay for good looking fake grass in my set. I will give them a thank you call out in the end credits. That is the best I can do. I wouldn't put that stuff on my yard even if it does look realish in a stop motion set.
There are many reasons to goof off on a project. Some of them are valid and some are not. That is what this mostly unread Blog is all about. It is all for me. It is to keep me honest and on track. Then there are battling deadlines. When my peaches are ripe it is time to can peaches for the next year and everything else has to wait a little until the canning it finished for the day. First I went out and voted and them I spent the morning picking, washing, removing peach fuzz, cutting and then canning peaches in apple juice. I put on "The Big Sleep" to listen to while I worked. There was this one grand window of filmmaking in the late 30s early 40s when the brilliant silent filmmakers, who could tell a story without words and the equally brilliant radio writers, who could tell a story without pictures, came together in a movie marriage made in heaven. So did I blow off my finishing touches on the set for the day? No, I got out the used clay and started building dams. Then I got out the scales and a non plastic container (you do not want to mix polyester resin in plastic because very bad things can happen) And take me to the river. I poured the first section of the river base.
Tomorrow is the Primary Election so be sure to vote. I hope you did your homework and looked up all the people and measures. So last Saturday my wife and I went out to see Batman vs. Superman at the $2 theater. We totally over paid. The only reason we went was because Alma Martinez had a small part in it and we love Alma. She was our maid of honor at our wedding. Turned out her part was so small that we couldn't even identify her in the film. We had to look her up on IMDB. Captian American Civil War was a mess but this caca fest makes it look like Laurence Olivier doing Hamlet. Gods, what a mess. Batman and Superman are fighting with no reason and then their are on the same side again for no reason. Or maybe because their mothers have the same name. And Lex Luthor has hair. Lex Luthor has hair. And there is no humor at all. Did I mention that Lex Luthor has hair. The reason Lex hates Superman is he was the reason Lex lost his hair. And everything is deadly serious and solemn and stupid and crappy. The only good thing is no Stan Lee messing up the movie with his continual contractual cameos. Hickcock earned his Mr. Liber, he didn't get them in a sweetheart contract from his Uncle Archie. But Batman/Superman was so bad I wouldn't have minded Stan.
Okay, enought of that. Enough! Getting down to the wire on the set. Used the bamboo I cut to create a cover for the set that then turns into the sky for the third wall of said set. Got the resin for the base for my river water. Then I will use my animatable clear clay to animate the water on the rasin river. So Tinker's Dam time tomorrow. Full speed ahead!
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