This is the first shot from my "Goblin" (working title) short movie - the animation is a bit jerky, which I blame on my lack of experience and my decision to shoot on Twos - at this point I am not quite up to shooting Ones yet.  I am a 48 year old newbie . . .

There is a bit of chattering going on, and of course plenty of flickering.  I am using fluorescent bulbs, which may have helped a bit, but power fluctuations are going to be a real issue for me in my basement studio.

More to come as time allows - and I welcome all comments and suggestions!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcTWD-tPXkk&feature=youtu.be

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I had to go back and really look for flicker, but I was able to detect it (just barely). As far as I'm concerned such a faint flicker doesn't hurt at all. Are you sure it's the lights themselves? Maybe your heater kicked on, or the clothes dryer or something? It seems to be all-over, not from light intermittently reflecting off of or being blocked by the animator. 

I wonder about that - I had a house full of family upstairs, and there were things being turned off and on throughout the day.

I may be over thinking this . . .

It is so tempting to want to go back and reshoot everything, but if I do that I will never complete this beginning project.

Strider said:

I had to go back and really look for flicker, but I was able to detect it (just barely). As far as I'm concerned such a faint flicker doesn't hurt at all. Are you sure it's the lights themselves? Maybe your heater kicked on, or the clothes dryer or something? It seems to be all-over, not from light intermittently reflecting off of or being blocked by the animator. 

What kind of lens are you using - is Is there an adapter, or does it fit natively on the Nikon? If there's no adapter then you need to make sure the lens is partly unscrewed as Nick said - otherwise the camera will take over the exposure. That's the only thing I can think of that would explain the type of flicker you're getting and the fact that you can stop all the way down and still see the framegrabber image. 

Very nice first attempt ... much better than mine (which will never be seen - so don't ask ;-)

Often overlooked and a cause of flicker is light reflected off the animator (clothes), parts of the sets etc.  This is why a lot of sets have dark drapes, curtains etc and why animators get in a habit of standing in the same position to take each shot.

Great first attempt.  The set is wonderful.  Thanks for sharing.

.. jbd

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