Trish, Jess, and I finally finished up our stop-motion/light art film for Dr. Leithold’s intro to film-making course at IES. I’m not actually sure how long the whole project ended up lasting, but it’s definitely nice to be done. We took more than 1,100 pictures, none of which were digitally manipulated in after effects. Just about every picture was a 15-30 second exposure. I guess we knew what we were getting ourselves into when we took on the project of making a few minute short film of this nature, and although it was a little stressful at times, on the whole it was still a lot of fun.
I thought it would be fun to post a few of the “in the process of making the film” pictures, so you could all get an idea of what it actually looked like when we were flashing the little light stencils, or how much stuff we actually built/lugged into jess’ flat to do that scene at the end:
We spent a number of nights simply testing exposures and seeing how the LEDs, flashes, and glowsticks would turn out.
Pen-light testings for the fish jumping scene. However we wanted to test both inside environments ^….
Like here at Trish’s place (fish stencil with crepe paper)…
But also at the Muensterplatz. We opted to stay inside for the fish/ampelmann scene,
for although it’s fun painting outside,
and the fact that the use of background lights can definitely enhance the picture (LED wand test^)…
We thought it would be too difficult to build our little installation at the Muensterplatz with so many people walking around.
Plus it’s just nice having total control of the light (another random stencil test ^).
You can see here how important it is to lightproof all edges of the stencil-box.
We had to rep Freiburg a little bit in the installation, although it’s basically impossible to see in the final product.
We built up a mini set in Jess’ room as we were finishing up all the light tests.
Here’s what the Ampelmann actually looked like as he walked across the frame.
This was our workspace at the beginning of the construction.
I hope you got a decent idea of what went into making our little film. So without further ado, here it is:
Thanks for all the comments! We definitely had a good time putting the film together. All the better that others enjoy the final product too! I’m going to miss always having such a good excuse to run around and make crazy pictures when this blog is done.
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