"Flydo vs. the Pixelated Man". Stop motion animation directed by Randy Boyum, Starring: Mike Radasky, animation and fly model by Stan M. Strawn (aka Stanley ...

Comment by Oldschooler on November 19, 2012 at 11:32pm

Love it!

Comment by Stanley Milton Strawn on November 19, 2012 at 11:40pm

We did it a long time ago. The man and the fly were animated simultaneously in front of the camera-NO green screen or anything. Randy Boyum (who directed)was using a video editing deck (because he worked at an audio Visual house-where we made this on a weekend) to
track the animation...this was right after "Nightmare Before Christmas" was shot-so we didn't know much about their frame grabbing but we were doing a version of it anyway...the more frames you shot the further you'd have to go back to watch.
 there wasn't "Toggle" as I recall. Randy could elaborate...out there buddy?

Comment by StopmoNick on November 20, 2012 at 1:55am

Great, I like that it's all done in-camera!  Nice faceted fly eyes!

Comment by Stanley Milton Strawn on November 20, 2012 at 6:01am

Thanks Nick...The fly eyes were just slush cast latex from a piece of plastic that had that pattern...then painted with acrylic and latex mixed up.

Comment by Steve Boot on November 20, 2012 at 7:18am

Ace!  How did you rig the fly up?

Comment by Stanley Milton Strawn on November 20, 2012 at 7:43am

It was a couple fishing hooks dug into the fly (paper mache with  foam sheeting skin), then fishing line went up to a stick that was screwed to a shelf so it could be rotated.

The background wall was made of a corduroy type material that had vertical lines-so with the forgiving nature of the video resolution the lines pretty much disappeared on their own...I don't remember if Randy roto-scoped  any out.

Comment by grecodan on November 21, 2012 at 10:14am

Great! In addition to the animation and comic timing, the music was perfect! I loved the splat at the end.

Comment by Stanley Milton Strawn on November 21, 2012 at 10:27am

Thanks. We worked hard at the timing thing especially-but animating the man and the fly at the same time made that easier in a way-than doing them as separate elements.

Comment by Randy Boyum on November 24, 2012 at 4:32pm

I'm glad you posted this here Stan.  When we shot it, the edit deck I was using did have a "toggle" button so that you could see the last frame shot and compare it to the live frame, but when switching between them, the picture would snag and jump a bit so it was never a perfectly clean reference.  But I still liked it better than no reference at all.  And while shooting, we didn't have to roll back farther each time for the production - we just did because we got to see more footage each time - hehe.  And grecodan, it's hilarious that you mentioned the music.  I bought myself a synthesizer in '86 and had just recorded some silly practice songs for fun.  The Flydo song was actually the very first song I wrote on that keyboard, and it had been sitting around for years.  When Mike Radasky heard it, he said, "That might work for Flydo".  And it did.

Comment by Stanley Milton Strawn on November 24, 2012 at 10:05pm

Thanks for clearing that up Randy, I have a hard time recalling all the technical details. Was probably too busy keeping that silly fly going.

Yep, that song WAS perfect...sort of stealthy.

Can't wait to see if you upload more films from Lost Leader Productions.

"Bumble Boogie" ready yet? Rad would be very proud.

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