Monthly Archives: October 2009
For some reason I can’t seem to post 2 vimeo videos in the same post –
This was my first time attempting to create stop motion animation(other than keyframing in Flash) and we got to play around with fancy cameras mounted on fancy tripods and used FrameByFrame to create these short animations. Rachel and I made these two in class, very cool, lots of fun.
Can’t even imagine, how long a full-feature film with stop motion takes to produce, but this one’s pretty epic.
This looks like a mix of video and stop motion. I thought it was cute.
I found this on YouTube, because I’m in an addiction-phase with this song. It’s not an over-the-top mashup, but it takes some interesting clips and throws them into this video.
Then, I happened to read the description of the video and that’s a story in itself.
Here’s the hi-def version from the creator’s website –
And here’s the story behind the video, copy-pasted from YouTube, in case you’re interested.
Just to set the story straight: the facepainted kids in the video are a boy and girl from Los Angeles, two friends of mine, names Raf and Abby. MGMT was not involved in the making of this video, however, they became involved down the line.
The story goes like this:
December 2007: Rushing to make a due date for a USC Music Video class, I ask my friends Raf and Abby to appear in my video. I like the way they bounce off of each other despite completely different personality types, and think they both have interesting faces. Raf didn’t want to shave so I didn’t push him. We shot in one night, I cut overnight, turn it in and call it the worst thing I’ve done so far.
January 2008: On a whim one night while visiting home in Austin, Texas, I throw the video on Youtube just for kicks.
April 2008: Ray Tintori, who has directed 3 official videos for MGMT, finds my fan video online and invites myself and my two actors to come to New York to appear in MGMTs next official video for Electric Feel.
May 2008: We go to New York and have a great time on the set with the band and all their friends.
This was intense!
Between learning Flash, unpredictable crashes, and losing frames, the creation of this animation was a long but ultimately fun process. Having my idea meet my knowledge of Flash was interesting, and I ended up combining a bunch of different techniques – keyframing, tweening, stuff I learnt from tutorials, and throwing in painted backgrounds. Since this was a first attempt at Flash vector animation, I found myself exploring rather than trying to create a consistent, stylistic feel for the animation, something that I’d like to do better in the future.
Anyway, here it is, animated to the dream sequence soundtrack –
Link to Dropbox – http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/2327286/animation_7.swf
I saw this in Duesing and Hodgin’s animation class last semester. It would be nice to reach this level of skill. And if that was to happen, I probably would be doing video production for a living, which would be pretty freakin’ sweet.