Sunday, January 24, 2010

One Week Later... (& studio shooting set-up)

Aside from looking somewhat undead, it's not doing too badly.

And a sample of my studio set-up:

This was from the first shot I did, (second shot in the film). I've got my back-set (grandma's room), her bed, and the foreground hall-way pieces hot-glue-gunned down to my animating 'deck', the suitcase butyl-ed (think sticky-tack that's actually sticky) to the bed, and the puppets screwed onto little wooden platforms with magnets on the bottoms, which are then held onto the set via magnet wands underneath (stronger magnets on short, thick wooden dowel - you can see Leonard's poking out there under the deck by the hallway pieces). My puppets are tie-downs, meaning they've got nuts inserted into the bottoms of their feet so I can secure them into place with a bolt going through the set floor. In shots where you don't see their feet though, that's a bit of an unneccessary nuisance to contend with, hence the wood contraption (compliments of Chris Walsh).
The black foil and foamcore you see on/above the set pieces help direct some of the light in the shot to frame it in a way that directs the eye to the middle of the composition, where all the action takes place (you can sort of see that on the screen there). The bluish back-piece there being held up by the grip-stand is the sky, acrylic mixed with dish-soap (it thickens it up nicely so I can slather it on in a painterly type of style) on plexi-glass.

The lighting set-up I have going here (also compliments of Chris) I can't comment on a whole lot; I don't know much of the technical jargon for light names and wattage and the like, but basically those two big ones there (foreground light at the far right, and the next one to its left, further back) are bouncing light off the low, white ceiling to create a soft look that fits the mood of the scene. It's a bright and hopeful morning, and the orange filter on the first light adds some nice warmth to it.


Kevin Parry said...

I like how you documented your injury! I've luckily been safe so far, knock on wood, hah.

Amanda said...

Cool! I do like the lighting and colours from the shot in the tv ;)

And I like seeing those 2 headless bodies under your set, hehe.
Hope you're healing good!

Anno said...

Youch! I hope your hand is continuing to heal nicely.
Keep up the excellent work. I hope (and know) that all of your time and meticulous work will pay off!


Murray said...

I feel your pain :(

similar accident happened to me

Bert said...

When I saw the picture of your finger, the first thing through my mind was, "Brrrraaaains!!"