An actual frame from the first of the two interior shots I've animated so far.

Comment by Dennis on October 26, 2013 at 2:11am

Perfect, so evocative.  Assuming that's the window the bird makes it's entrance through, backlit by the moon(?).  Great stuff, Nick.

Comment by StopmoNick on October 26, 2013 at 2:16am
Yep, that's the raven's window.
Rhanks Dennis! Good to see your Abbey ruins coming along so well.
Comment by Greyguy on October 26, 2013 at 2:17am

Wow that's looks Awesome

Comment by StopmoNick on October 26, 2013 at 2:18am
Thanks I meant - can't type well on iPad.
Comment by Richard Svensson on October 26, 2013 at 2:53am

Inspiring and frustrating at the same time!  You're at a level of craftmanship most of us can only aspire to. BUT it's good to actually have something to aspire to. It's great to know that not all the big stop-mo masters are gone by now.

Comment by Tim Daniel on October 26, 2013 at 6:08pm

Beautiful Nick. Dennis really summed it up nicely. How did you get the window to look like that with what looks like frost or condensation maybe?? It looks fantastic!

Comment by StopmoNick on October 27, 2013 at 3:53am
I've been making bits of it off and on over the past 3 years. I can't really say how many days went into this, I've also worked on other people's films over the same period. I kept making more books so I had to build 2 more bookcases to put them in, and there are nearly enough for a fourth bookcase full. I also made a longer table, then decided he needed a smaller table so I had to make this one. So there has been a lot of time spent on things that aren't in this shot or this room. And some won't even be in the film, but may get used for something else.
I probably spent a week each making the two chairs, a bit more than a week on the fireplace and mantlepiece. Another day or two on the fire irons, that you can hardly even see. Maybe a week on the half panelling on the walls? Some things I could do quicker now that I've worked out how to do them, like the second two bookcases together took less time than the first one. There is a lot of figuring out on some of these, and time wasted heading in the wrong direction.
Comment by StopmoNick on October 28, 2013 at 12:31am
Heh heh... That would let me put off animating for a few more weeks! But it's too late, now that I've done a couple of shots looking in this direction with no bottle in sight. When we look in the opposite direction, we see the door in the centre of the wall. It's actually the same wall, the chimney piece covers the door and the shelf up above is detachable.
Comment by Dennis on October 28, 2013 at 12:44am

Noooo, please, Nick, no ships in bottles, stuffed rhino heads or anything else that, the making of which, would delay the shoot.  

Comment by StopmoNick on October 28, 2013 at 3:01am
Aww, I was thinking an elephant foot umbrella stand could be cool...
The only things I might still make relate specifically to stories by Poe, and I'm not certain I will fit all that stuff in.

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