"Time and Time Again" Production Blog

Chronicling the production of the stop-motion animated short, "Time and Time Again" by Mike Bates. All images, characters, weird machines, etc, Copyright 2003-2007.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It's been a while!! My home computer crashed a few weeks ago, and I've just (big news!) been moving my stuff out of De Anza. So I haven't had a chance to post, or had any production type stuff to relate to y'all!

So where am I going? Home! Yes, home. De Anza is great, but it's good to have everything in one place, and complete access at all the time. I will still stop by De Anza here and there, but for the most part I'm more of an independent filmmaker now, I guess.

Here's a cool tip: construction sites.

Down the street a neighbor was having new siding and insulation put on their house. And apparently when they do this, they just throw out the extra insulation doesn't fit on the walls! I got a ton of it! I was amazed.

What is it good for, you ask? Well, this pink insulating foam is awesome for sculpting. Especially for sculpting things that need to be light weight. It doesn't flake off or distort like other foams. It's pretty sturdy and keeps a good shape. And super-glue works great to get it to stick to itself. It's quite an amazing product. So next time you see a construction site, see if they're throwing any insulating foam away. It's win-win!

Among other things on the to do list: removing wallpaper, and painting a wall green.

That's some hideous wallpaper.

Good luck setting up your new space. Moving means starting over, getting rid of stuff you never use. Efficient use of space and a zen approach to every intimate little shot...You've been to the BOX, too bad I don't take my own advice. Maybe I need to move..
Thanks, Misha!

I agree, moving has so far been a great opportunity to re-think where all my junk goes, as well as rethinking my shooting set-up. It's nice not to have to conform to another studio's equipment and storage space, but to organize your own. It's the little things in life... :)
Oh my God! That is the same wallpaper from my childhood bedroom from 1977. The wallpaper is still up in that room and the dresser drawers are still full of old Muppet Magazines.

P.S. I found this site because Misha is a former stop motion teacher of mine at the Academy of Art.
Ha ha!

I could not throw that stuff away fast enough. But don't worry, there is a whole other wall with that mind-bending paper on it. Ack! It moves! They must have thought: "Kids need busy, manic wallpaper to match their boundless energy." Right.
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