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.
He's loose! And he's climbed upon a yellow box! Ahhh!
Mr. K, on a whirlwind tour, graciously makes a visit to the set.
Saturday Night Animation:
That big flood light above the camera will not show up in the final shot. I run two files in Frame Thief, one is for the final dark, dark lighting setup. The other is the same animation, just taken with the big light on so I can see what's going on! So I turn that big light on and off every shot. Dark brown on black? Kinda hard to make out.
That camera stand looks complicated, but it's really not. I just threw it together with a couple of L-brackets and washers from (where else?) OSH and some pieces of wood that were lying around. Bolting the camera to the set is awesome! I wish I could do it all the time! It can be hard to get the angle, but that camera is rock solid. And if you bump the set, the camera moves with it!
One thing I really like about stop-mo is easy bounce light. Just stick a card under there!
Note: Duck mouths on the floor.
The music? ELO, of course.