So, looks like any member can have a blog here!
If I were blogging, maybe I would say how I finished my part of the animation on a short film by Isabel Peppard called Butterflies, and link to her production blog...
http://butterfliesanimation.com/
So if that worked, it should be a link.
Trying something else - A Direct link to a time lapse video posted on a page of the butterflies blog.
http://butterfliesanimation.com/video-timelapse-animation
This is all hampered by trying to do it on an iPad, but let's see what happens.

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Comment by StopmoNick on June 9, 2012 at 2:25am
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Or is this just adding a post to the same blog?
Comment by B. Hoffman on June 9, 2012 at 4:40pm

Holy Mackerel! That was great! Just how many different elements had to be animated for every frame?!

Comment by Marc Spess on June 10, 2012 at 11:19am

I see you got the hard part of animating the gears? Looks awesome so far!

Comment by StopmoNick on June 10, 2012 at 5:29pm

Gears - that's just mechanical repetitive stuff.  The character animation is more difficult, and Isabel had 2 puppets to animate, the stamper and the artist (main character), I only had the shoveller.   In other shots, I did most of the child version of the main character, and a few of the bad guy when he had dialogue to synch to.  He was good, the heads are big so his mouth was too, and I could get a bit of shaping out of the lip wires to make slight difference between Aahh and Oooh.  I would have to make a bigger close-up head to get that from most of my characters. I got most of the lip synch to do, which is odd, since I usually make films without dialog and hadn't done all that much.

The next thing I will be doing is adding steam to the factory scenes - saw the film Hugo with lots of steam added, had instant case of steam envy.   I am shooting it against black, using a steam iron with "shot-of-steam" function.  I did try some cgi smoke in AE but the real steam has more directional flow and well, real stuff, happening.

Anyway, I did this in the first place thinking it would be my individual blog, and there would be others to choose to look at, but then it seemed to be added to Anthony's blog.   At least, the updates show up in the same place as if they were all one thread - you can't see the latest update in Anthony's blog without this one showing up on the Blogs page if it was added to more recently, which was not what I intended.  So I haven't figured out how it works yet.

 

Comment by Marc Spess on June 10, 2012 at 6:20pm

Ah, real steam sounds much better than CG. Actually a lot of CG smoke doesn't look quite right when added to stop motion. I think it is because of the synthetic sort of look that is hard to escape. The film is definitely shaping up to look really fun and dark at the same time. I can't wait to see the final story.

As for these blogs showing up, I think that page will show all the latest blogs, sort of like the box that shows the latest videos or pictures. Then as people add to it the blogs move down. I could be wrong but that's how most of these social sites are setup.

Comment by StopmoNick on August 21, 2012 at 5:10pm

I started this when a few of us were just testing the new site, just to see how it works.   But since it's here, I may as well continue.

The film Butterflies had it's premier at the Melbourne International Film Festival to  enthusiastic applause.  It has a website, where you can see a looped shot showing the steam effects I was talking about.  It's a wideshot of the factory like the one in the timelapse shot.  Isabel (the creator/director) animated the two characters down below at the conveyor belt, I animated the Shoveling Girl, the turning gears, and the supervisor right up in the upper right corner.

http://butterfliesanimation.com/

Now that my part on that project is out of the way, I've started doing some modelmaking again for my Edgar Allen Poe project.   I'll have a couple of new photos to post soon.

Comment by StopmoNick on August 22, 2012 at 4:24pm

I did most of the work on the interior set of Poe's room ages ago.  Now I'm working on a 1:24 scale model of the exterior of the building, Mrs Usher's boarding house.

I started with some Sceneboard, a 9mm thick 2-layer corrugated cardboard, to make the basic shape.  various bits of cardboard boxes and recycled thin card are used as well.

I had a vacform mould for 1:24 scale weatherboarding, so I formed some of that from styrene sheet.  This is a Victorian wooden gothic building, and there enough fiddly bits to do without cutting each board individually from card.  They are a bit more regular than I would like, but with some weathering I think it won't look too perfect.

Comment by StopmoNick on August 22, 2012 at 4:28pm

It's looking nearly done in this shot, but it's probably only half finished.  The other side isn't done - I'm adding a tower - and the windows take a lot of work.

 

Comment by StopmoNick on August 22, 2012 at 4:48pm

This is a verandah post turned on my lathe in 1:6 scale.  The square sections on the top and bottom will be joined on - it's a mini metal lathe and it can't do the whole post in one piece so I just did the part that needs turning.  You can see the same verandah posts in the smaller scale, fitted to the verandah.  I not certain now if I will have to build the verandah in 1:6 scale to show the puppet entering the building -  that means turning at least one more post, maybe two or three, as well as making walls, window, door, and steps.  Some of the details are a bit chunky in the 1:24 scale.  But it would save days of work if I can just composite the puppet into the small model.

Comment by StopmoNick on September 3, 2012 at 6:56pm

Hmm - looks like adding later posts doesn't update the blog.  I added these photos on August 22 but the blog still shows up as being last added to in June, when I originally started it.  It's really like adding new comments to an old post I guess - looks like if I want something to show up as being recent I have to make a completely new post.

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