I've also been working on some stopmotion stuff lately, trying to get the feel for it and maybe do some sort of long-form project (longer than 5 seconds at least). I got a nice fast fixed prime lens last week for my camera that does really really well in low light and gives crazy depth of field (a little too much when the camera is that close) and is also ridiculously cheap (zoom lenses that have a comparable aperture usually go for about $1000, this little guy was $70). It'll be great when it's mounted on my down shoot stand which I'm working on too, but I really need to come up with a good project to use it for. I have some ideas for style, but not about the content yet. I usually don't like story based animation unless it's slightly surreal or really visually interesting/unique (or if you can achieve that rare perfect marriage of content and form, but I'm not aspiring to that at the moment).
Here's some tests I shot last week.
Sorry about the letter-boxing. I couldn't figure out how to fix it easily in Premiere and I gave up, but it's just a test anyways.
So, I've been trying to get into band photography as another side gig I can do if I'm ever short of other freelance work, and it's been pretty interesting so far. Last week I got a hold of the band We Were Lovers who are on tour from Canada through the US and asked if I could snap some shots of them at their show in Cambridge. I wasn't really expecting a response since the show was the next day, and they seemed like a pretty legit group that already had an album out with proper promo shots and everything, but they got back and said it was cool if I did my thing. So I did. Here's the evidence:
The band was super friendly and cool, we hung out and played some pool after their set. I'm definitely gonna keep doing this, and hopefully get paid for it in the not too distant future.
Just got back from a trip to South Dakota. It's such a different place from New England (especially Boston). The streets are really wide, nobody honks at you, clouds are huge, and there are big statues of green Dinosaurs everywhere.
First up, some random super hero type character who is secretly way into posing in pink ladies undergarments. This is still a WIP, I just haven't quite decided how to end it yet. I also need to go back in and do more inbetweens so I can get the major beats down for the action.
Next is an ongoing morph project that I've been working on. I've basically just been looking at the stuff on my desk and animating some of the more interesting looking objects. I'm also not sure how to end this one (to loop it or have it get faster and faster with some kind of dramatic finish), but I'm just gonna keep doing different objects and feel it out.
I'm thinking about doing some compositing with this thing in After effects, but I figured I'd post it up here in the meantime cause that may take a while (gotta clean up the lines and color it or it'll look like aasssss in front of a realistic background).
So I've been workin' on some newer things lately (newer for me at least), trying to get into a bit more of the classical character animation style. Going back through the Preston Blair book and all that stuff.
I think I was a bit too dismissive of this style back when I first saw it in school because I was really focussed on stuff that was new and not as derivative as this seemed at the time. I still think that a lot of animators fall into the trap of never breaking away from the "rules" (whether it be for character designs, writing, backgrounds, or the actual animation style), but animation is a fiendishly difficult and time consuming art form, so I can't hate on them too much.
Not that my stuff is so awesome and original anyways, haha.
I warmed up earlier this week with a little simple morph done in Flash featuring a magical tape dispenser that turns into an orange coffee mug whenever it wants to, which just happens to be right now. Hope you like it: