Thursday, 29 April 2010

Animation: Partypooper

Partypooper from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

I'm not all that happy with how this one turned out (particularly the lip-synching to 'big time' and arm movements), but I guess it's all practise. Hopefully the next one will turn out better. I find claymation highly enjoyable, except when stuff falls down or loses limbs... or my camera's battery suddenly dies... sigh.
Ah well. Please let me know what you think.
Over and out.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Animation: Duel Challenge

Duel Challenge from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Originally I had planned to do this one in traditional 2D drawn animation, but then one morning I woke up with a picture in my head... no, not a flux capacitor! Clay scultpures with wire and tin-foil skeletons!
I found out that whilst the skeletons kept the plastacine from cracking, it didn't make for much poseability. I also had to go and buy a tripod especially halfway through making it, seeing as all the photos I was taking were all shakey and out of focus. In conclusion I feel that it all came out well and I'm quite proud of it. Hooray for stop-motion!

Some non-animation-related news, I had the unique opportunity this morning of being able to sit in during a take at an actual film set! I got to see all the different people involved in the filming process (the woman who invited me is an assistant camera technician) as well as eat with the crew during the crew's lunch break. The filming took place in a villa in the north of Turin, for a series that will soon be aired in six episodes on mediaset (a popular and unfortunately Berlusconi-owned italian tv channel).
It was really interesting and whenever the assistant director shouted 'azione!' I felt goosebumps.
The actors were awful, however. I mean really awful. They did however share their tables with the rest of the crew at lunch, which I thought was nice.

Anyway, thunderclouds are gathering outside my bedroom window, so I must ready the biomechanical monkey samurai swarm and robotic tapirs!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Animation: Funnels

Funnels from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Extra Bonus Journal Thing!
Well it's April fool's day, but I honestly couldn't think of any sort of prank to pull. Hopefully this surreal dream spillage of an animation will suffice in making myself and you all feel foolish.
The weather is fine, the sun is shining, I've been having a very good week. I've been getting very positive feedback on the logos I designed for the 2010 Southampton Student Film Festival, and I'm transfering my film selections for the event onto a usb pen that I'll send to the managers:

The Cactus
Nature Walk
Quiet please

That's all for now, got to get ready to go shopping and plant-buying.
Fear my botanical skills! FEAR THEM!