hiya, been ages since i shared anything here, but i just uploaded this to vimeo, and thought some of you might like it- this is a project in which i collaborated with a graff/ model artist called WEBBO, who has a studio pretty much next to mine- his schtick is to take tiny 25mm orc warhammer figures, and convert them into kinda squat party/ techno orcs, also building them ruined buildings and crazy mutoid waste company style vehicles...he sells these at art events in London...
He wanted to showcase them on video- he originally just wanted some fly-over shots, but I persuaded him it would be better to just make a quick and fun short film, to give his work some context- so we threw a few ideas at the wall, and he agreed to build some movable arms onto some of the 25mm figures- so we had very basic movement options for the figures, compared to my usually highly complex armatured characters, which made for an interesting challenge, but the flipside was we had a very big world compared to usual sets...this was also a chance to give my first motion control system a run out with little pressure- it was early days, so there are shots where we could achieve better results now, but overall I am quite pleased with it...It's kinda like a punky take on the style pioneered by the amazing Beast Animation's 'Town Called Panic'..
anyway, hope you like it, any feedback welcome
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Nice work! I liked the lighting, animation, and sound.
A couple of things you can do to make it more apparent that we're in the scale of the orc's world or the camera is the viewpoint of one of them, is to shoot from an orc's-eye-level camera position. You could also use a larger depth of field to take away some of the effect of the apparently miniature scale. But that's really nitpicking... I think you've struck a good balance here.
Edit: Surprisingly, using a telephoto apparently does not affect the depth of field if you use the same framing and F-stop as you would with a wider angle lens.
The flattening can be kind of a dealbreaker, though.
I was originally going to suggest using a 55-200mm telephoto zoom to make it possible to place the camera at a low enough angle to get eye-level with the orcs but thought the depth of field might be an issue if you wanted it fairly deep.
Anyway, food for thought and exploration.
thanks Don, interesting lens pointers, I will investigate further- nearly all of this was shot using the Canon 22mm pancake STM Lens, due to the motion control, to try to keep focus depth where it was wanted- although, when it came to it, we shot fast and furiously and didnt worry about it too much- like I say, this was a favour i was doing Webbo and i was not as precious about every detail as I am on my own stuff...we used the pancake because it was STM, and thus interfaced with dragonframe without an external focus rig- will bishop stevens posted about these lenses about 18 months ago, but no-one seemed to pick up on it, I can confirm he was right about their perfect nature for moco shoots...but canon only do 3 types currently, and I've only got two- it was hard to get down to the level of the orcs physically, because they were 25mm and the camera body itself is bigger than that...
i do need to understand lenses better, that is for sure, but i've been concentrating on robots and moco for a few years...only so many hours in the day! but thanks for the comments, and support.
This was really fun! Love the world!
It made me feel nostalgic for the days when I used to play AD&D, Warhammer, etc... Used to love painting the figures, and making elaborate scenes to play in. I'd probably still be doing it if I knew more people my age who played.
Anyways... The film was great. The camera rig you built seemed to work really well, too. I enjoyed the movements you were able to pull off with it. Will there be an episode 2?
Thanks Mike, yeah eventually, but poor old Webbo is a struggling artist (aren't we all) so it wont be really soon- he is building some really big vehicles though, and i've a much bigger moco rig now and want to do some ILM dykstraflex impersonations...
I played AD&D too as a teenager, my fave was 'Call of Cthulhu' , where I used to build the tension in scary games to fever pitch then trigger pre-planned hoaxes- I had kids trying to jump out of windows as hidden tapes kicked in or people jumped out of cupboards! Great days, Ahh!