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Moving water in a scene

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Cooley on Saturday. 15 Replies

Trying to find a simple way to animate the surface of a lake that will allow me to focus on animating two characters rowing a boat across it. I am not overly concerned with realism and will accept…Continue

Tags: boat, lake, water

Just in time for Hallowe'en

Started Oct 27, 2019 0 Replies

Finally got something done to share with everyone. Let me know your reactions and hope you enjoy it!Continue

Flicker vanquished!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rebecca De La Torre May 12, 2018. 2 Replies

Finally acquired a manual lens and did this quick piece of animation as a test. Previous attempts with the lens my Canon T1i DSLR came with had an annoying flicker, but it's gone now!…Continue

Tags: flicker

Public Market promo in stopmo

Started May 18, 2016 0 Replies

At the market from David Cooley on Vimeo.Very short stopmo promotional I put…Continue

 

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Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Thanks for the link, Simon! Interesting ideas. I am at work now on the puppets and other scenic elements, but will post results at the next stage of development."
Saturday
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Nearly missed this thread! Really interesting to see what you are doing, as I have a lake to animate sometime. I liked the slats with the uneven front edge - perhaps moving it slightly sideways would also help to make the wave look less rigid? One…"
Saturday
Dave Cooley replied to StopmoNick's discussion Harryhausen 100 tribute
"Very nice tribute! But didn't Ray see himself more at the mercy of his creations and had himself carried off by a giant bird?"
Jun 28
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Massive frothy wave... all it needs is some Beach Boys music!"
Jun 27
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"This is the way the slats were arranged at the start of shooting (with the plastic sheeting pulled back). Only the middle slat was modified. That is the one the boat goes over. The boat also has bits of plastic wrap at the bow and stern to hide the…"
Jun 26
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Good to hear!  Are those slats underneath cut with an irregular edge?  they look good, no straight line at the front.  The action of the boat responding to the wave is great!"
Jun 25
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Rowboat and Water Test 3 This took longer to get to than I had hoped. The wave movement looks good. The speed of the boat and the wave tops need adjusting. I'm probably ready to stop experimenting on this scene and get to animating the…"
Jun 25
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Not ready to give up on the belt idea. Fortunately I can't get to my shop or studio for the next several days or else I'd be building things prematurely. Unfortunately, my brain keeps working and wakes me at 3AM. My studio space: The table…"
Jun 18
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Belt idea is one complication too many then. How many slats would be needed for the longest shot you are likely to do?  If you have that many, they can just hang down the front and pile up, then get re-set next shot.  If you take off and…"
Jun 18
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
":)... that's what I keep telling myself. I like the conveyor belt idea. It would save a lot of time.  Going under my table would not work because of the support structure. But if the slats could be easily detached and reattached at the…"
Jun 17
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Sounds like you have a pretty good system worked out.  Looking forward to seeing how it comes out - and the all-important character animation and story too of course! I am picturing a sort of conveyor belt with the slats, so you don't have…"
Jun 17
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Thanks for the link to Dad's Clock. Fascinating bit of set and animation. So many ideas! I may get hooked on making water and forget my story... As far as the gap between my boat and the water surface goes, I will try attaching a a ring of the…"
Jun 17
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Good test! The moving slats work very well for those long waves moving towards the beach.  I imagine that sometimes the shape of the boat bottom would not fit the shape of the wave, so a gap might appear.  Maybe something that looks like…"
Jun 16
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Here's another attempt: Rowboat on water This time I used a 0.7 mil thick clear painter's tarp, which did not have as much shine but covered the entire table with one sheet. I made 3 plywood slats 1/4x1 inch, painted them blue and placed…"
Jun 16
Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Thanks, Nick! My goal is to spend my time animating the characters and not manipulating and keeping track of the waves. I also like to be "done" when the last frame is shot and not face long sessions in post. I like the plastic wrap…"
Jun 16
StopmoNick replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Years ago, "How do U animate water" was one of the classic questions.  Dozens of things have been tried. A friend did swimming pools with a clear plastic film over some KY Jelly, on top of clear perspex.  He rippled the surface…"
Jun 16

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Dave Cooley replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Thanks for the link, Simon! Interesting ideas. I am at work now on the puppets and other scenic…"
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Dave Cooley's discussion Moving water in a scene
"Nearly missed this thread! Really interesting to see what you are doing, as I have a lake to…"
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