Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Feeble Attempts to Attract the Masses

Trying to bolster the blog's audience, so starting to send the url around. Hopefully you reading this (yes you) are my new traffic, and my plan is working according to...plan. Shit.

Been working on a bunch of stuff that I'm going to post once all of my grad school apps are submitted and I have some time. Did a new cut of "The Agoraphobic" that is pretty fucking awesome. It's a couple of minutes longer, and just rounds everything out nicely and gives it all a chance to breathe. I'm sure I'll throw that up soon. In the meantime, a refresher of the first cut that we did for the 48 Hour Film Project:

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I always hate how everything slows down around this time, and you can't get anybody to do any work. But we had a good time and stuffed ourselves. So, not all bad.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend Project

Shot another commercial over the weekend to help build on my reel. Wanted to try something different, and did the shoot using only a still camera. I'm going to edit the spot as scenes consisting of several photos played in succession. So instead of shooting a scene normally, I'm going to piece together an impression of movement with key stills. I got the inspiration from looking over a ton of animators' blogs recently. John K's blog in particular is pretty great in how it's mainly concerned with the nuts and bolts of animation. These all basically got me thinking about a different approach to the medium I work in. Film in terms of animation: treating my main images as key frames, and then cutting out the stuff in between. Controlling the image.

Mike Moghaddam's got a sweet digital SLR and I was able to beg him out to help. Shannon from USC (and the loopt commercial I did) agreed to be in it last minute. I'm excited to cut it together and see how the experiment worked out. Here's an example of a series of keyframes that I'll edit together to get some cool jerky movement:

I also did this a while ago for Megan, and always liked how I threw still frames in of stuff around the house. Probably stuck in my head until now.