Monday, January 11, 2016

TORREY PINES- Making a DIY animated feature in a small basement room.

For the past year and a half, I've been lucky enough to work with my good friend on his biographical animated story. The film is made of paper and shot on a multi-plane. We started January 2nd 2015 and since then we've learned a lot about the reality of making an independent feature length film in a dark basement studio. All of us working on the film have a say in the design and look of the film. We're basically making the entire film in a "straight -ahead" manner. Can't say too much about the film right now. Top Secret. However, the film will premiere on October 13, on opening night of TWIST: LGBTQ Film Festival with a live score. It will play again on October 22nd with a live Q&A by yours truly. Clyde will be out of town on tour with the film.

New Music Video for The Not- It's! new song "Dance with Me!"

The Not-It's! are a really fun band to animate for. When I met up with Michael, he asked me to pick the song, which was really cool. I chose "Dance With Me" because the song is fun and catchy and even though some of the songs had better visual possibilities, I liked the message in "Dance With Me." It's an invitation to have a good time with your friends, I think anyone can get on board with that!

The video was photographed on a series of glass shelves, called a multi-plane.  The multi-plane has a camera set at the top, facing down. The glass shelves serve as layers that provide depth of field and allow for a foreground, background and subjects in the middle.

Everything was constructed carefully using painted thick Bristol paper. The puppets were designed, painted then carefully cut out. Each arm, leg, head, torso were cut out separately and stitched together using a needle and thread.