Sunday, November 29, 2009

Motion test



Here's a motion test I shot some time ago... actually it was before I had the Lumix camera, done with my Hitachi. I think I used a big zoom lens, which probably accounts for why out-of-focus things look so weird here. I was trying to develop a certain kind of motion that I could see in my head for this film... the characters and the camera all moving in unison like an orchestrated dance.

Oh and yeah, I know... he has some kind of neck spasm there. Rotational movement is hard to keep under control... so I learned something valuable from this test! I've learned how to use a framegrabber a lot better since then, though I really haven't tried another head turn like this - something I ought to do soon.

14 comments:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

so glad to have found your blog,
have never seen this type
of work up close the way you're
showing it.

thank you very much.

:-)

..
.ero

Will said...

looks good to me man! I like the way you stated how you want the camera and puppets to interact. it's the same kinda movement i picture in my head when i think about different shots. I like the way it makes everything seem alot less static and more alive.

I stuck a link up to your blog on one of my posts after reading through your silicon etc experiments. hope you don't mind.

all the best,
will

The fearless threader said...

This is all very cool. I wish I had an eye for animation, unfortunately my best work is in stitch and is static.

emmyymme said...

Whoot! I love a good focuspull, looks great.

Shelley Noble said...

My God, even this older test is SENSATIONAL, Mike! I love the concept of the focus and camera movement. PERFECT for these sophisticated puppets!

bRYEnd_of_the_schtick said...

(^ you ever get the feeling eWE're beeing watched but just can't get a good faux custard foe cussing on the mooning background?

(^ tsk. translation.

it's like when having a migraine:
images the mind KNOWS are RIGHT ..tHERE... but the brain refuses to notice the pertinent data for lack of contextual awareness .

Darkstrider said...

Thanks everybody!! Will, link away my friend!! If I wanted to hide I wouldn't be posting on the net to begin with!

bRYEnd - I *THINK* you're referring to the guy's head in the background that comes into focus, that looks like the sun at first? Yeah, I Like that... things resolve themselves into something unexpected, something seemingly stationary suddenly becomes alive...

The whole shot would look a lot better if everything out-of-focus didn't have those annoying double-edges to them, and of course if Hoppy didn't have the palsy...

junkpunk said...

wow that made me jump! I really need to figure out how to turn my art dolls into stop-motion puppets. This stuff is really inspiring!

jriggity said...

coolness....

these focal shifts are so cool in film....I am wishing I could have more of them in mine.

keying out the backrounds gets ugly with really blurry edges.

great to see the puppets moving again too.

jriggity

neil anthony king said...

looks great

Yaz said...

I really like out-of-focus things here. When he turns his head he suddenly gets out of focus and I think this looks more beautiful. This combined with the puppets head in the back makes it more like a dance.

Charysse said...

I Love the eerie beauty of it! It's like the powerful Vampire looking at the less powerful vampire making him cower down. They move like a Rock Symphony. I Love your work!

Torrent Maniacs said...

awesome! I liked the focus and especially the beast! Keep on working!

Killer_Tofu said...

damn this is some cool work you are doing. Gonna follow to keep up with your progress