Hi everyone! I've recently completed my latest stop motion film and just wanted to share it with this fine online community.
I hope you guys enjoy it. In my opinion it's my best work so far. I put a lot more effort into the pre-production, as far as the story itself, than I have with previous work and it definitely benefited a lot from that. My next film will not be completed as quickly as this one, but I do plan on posting tutorials and exercises/tests on my YouTube channel in the coming months. All things to get me where I want to be for the next one.
This came out really well, reminded me of David the gnome and Brain Froud's gnome illustrations. Cant wait to see your next work!
Thanks guys! This was very much influenced/based on the book "Gnomes" by Wil Huygen illustrated by Rien Poortvliet which is what "David the Gnome" is based on. So I guess I nailed it. ;)
Very nice work! Love the felt textures.
I too saw you're gnome and thought, that's David!
How many films have you done so far?
Jared, this is my second one as a professional, third overall including my student film. In a way I sort of feel like it's my first because I put a lot more thought and effort into the shots, shot compositions, lighting, etc to make sure that everything was done for a specific purpose. It's sort of like this is my first film but I made two movies previously if that makes sense.
Makes complete sense.
I'm still putting ideas and equipment together for my first film. Looks like you've got a solid grasp on techniques, concepts, materials, production and etc. so far. Keep up the good work!
Don't let little things like equipment and ideas get in the way!! Go start animating. You gotta get lots of animation out of the way to get better. Your film will end up better animated that way too. ;)
I'm actually planning to put up tutorials/exercises up on YouTube starting soon. Some will be super basic to show people how to animate but others (most) are actually going to be me animating exercises just to experiment and improve my own animation/timing. I hope to get other people participating as well - maybe you'll join in? :)
I guess it's sort of an updated idea of what we were doing with StopMoShorts originally only this is much easier to do and focused purely on performance. There are going to be a LOT of exercises where the character won't even have a face. It's gonna be fun.
Could be as simple as a "sad ball bouncing" which you can do with a webcam, some clay or even playdoh (if you don't let it dry out), and 'something' for rigging to hold it in the air. Hell, you can just rest it on some T-pins* if you want - it's just an exercise.
* there are some rogue t-pins in this film that I didn't bother removing from frames because nobody will ever notice them. I'm not telling where they are! :p
I was planning on making some simple exercise based animations. You know, moving everyday objects around to learn timing, interaction and do some basic emotion.
I need to dig out my webcam to do the exercises. I've also considered documenting my stop motion experience (which is none at this point).