modern style, something I would really love to do more of in my own work, although I try as often as I can. Max Winston also use to work for the company, which accounts for the similarity in there style. This company isn't afraid to use anything to create the right look or texture, they often use flocking and glitter in there work to achieve the retro look. They also let the materials speak for them selves, for example in the stop-frame special they created for sponge bob, they made him out actual sponge rather than creating a mould and casting in coma latex like some studio might. There use of thin tubular limbs and hose pipe lips are something I will be utilising in my own film.
They often use 3D printing to create hollow bodys for there large character as well as more detailed shapes for replication such as the hats ears and faces ( as seen in the image below). From what I can see they also use foam and wire to create the majority of the puppets. this combination of texture and materials is something I hope to bring into my own work rather than worrying with moulds and fussy ball jointed armatures as it is simply unnecessary.
Max Winstone is an american animator who's work has a very distinct style i became aware of his work years ago with his short film 'I Live in the Woods!' , a psychedelic romp of a purple haired man through the country and heavens. His style of work is very freeing and seems to be largely based on the hose pipe style I am attempting in my film. I really enjoy the fast phase, no holds barred attitude to animating. I also enjoy his low tech solutions for vfx in camera, such as paper for explosions and overlaying film. The work is extremely elegant, with only the minimum to get across poses and shapes. His puppet are slick and glorious!
It is also great to look at his movement. It's useful to look at how few frames are necessary to allow the puppet to read but also to create a bold popping movement. The film is a good reference for action analysis as the movement and style of animation has a lot o similarities with this Film.
Visual research form around Dorset, this was during the winter so its really moody, it was also for the first version of the film which was meant to be more stormy.
I originally designed the character, then opened it up too a couple of the concept artist on my course. In the end I decided to go down the route of my own deigns due mostly to practically and it being a better fit for the film. However they designed some lovely versions.
When I first presented my idea I was quickly directed to the work of George Pal, as my film is far more about design and style of animation. My main aim is to create a stop-motion film in a hose pipe animation style, a primary 2D 1920's style of animation. George Pal is one of the pioneers of stop-frame animation, orgianting in holland, he moved to Hollywood in the USA and created the Puppet toon studio, which created, films, commercials and trained some of the biggest names in animation including Ray Harryhousen. An incredibly hard working man, he is reported to have done pretty much every design himself, he would leave incredibly lengthy notes to makers and animators on how to exactly create a puppet or shot.
Pal is known mostly for the style of his puppets and his use ofmultpile replacement animation, meaning rather than altering the limbs of a puppet every shot, Pal would replace whole limbs, sections or even puppet between shots. As you can see from the image below, this meant, receiving puppets normal form wood, with tiny changes, the result of which was a bold cubic style and a playful bouncy movement to the animation. However he was also able to create incredibly subtle and satisfying movement like that of the feet on the large native in 'Hoola Boola' (the film at the top of this post). Replacement is time consuming, but incredibly effective for movement that involve puts core shape or limbs extending a lot.
I'd like to start this whole thing of by expelling the name behind the film. This film was initially thought up over tow years ago in one way or another and was originally going to be called 'Drift' due to the main characters being scavengers and based of a real life set of twins based in my home down of Portland, UK- who where known for collecting drift wood, and having house filled to the rafters with the stuff.
After the film whent on a big roundabout trip becoming a much deeper more poetic film about brothers and loneliness, I realised that this isn't what I wanted to make, this wasn't the film I intended it to be. So, after making a rather huge change and developing the film into something far more bunchier, faster and al together more comical I decided the name 'Drift' no longer really fit, it seemed to reflective and elegant for this film.
I wanted something bunchy, more in keeping with the new film, but that still reflected it's roots. As the film was about a Dorset duo, who speak a mixture of noises words and noises, that sort of represent the people of my home town, I looked into Dorset words that would represent my films aim, here where the runners up:
This will be the blog for the duration of my new stop-motion film 'BORIS-NORIS' like previous films I will probably build this thing up with good intentions and grand plans, update it three or four time and then revert to my old blog over on blogger (which is here if your interested) . However for now this is where i'll be updating form, mission control for a film in motion in a general respect. The film has already undergone a lot of transformation and i'm starting this blog at a time when - I hope - things have settled and any changes will be small. however there is still a lot to do, pretty much all the making is still be done, as we've been humming and aching over small alteration to the puppet the set for a while now, but with deadlines looming we hope to get stuck in very soon. I say way we not out of some weird third person grammar thing but as in my team, although at the moment a majority of the film is solely my own, i do have assistance on hand to help with the making and design of sermon elements. For now I will busy my self by updating thing of interest that are not being used anymore or will be be in some small way, but will hopefully give a you a better feeling of how this film is to be made, the ups and downs of production and hopefully its life after completion. See you soon!
This is a space for development work of my grad film BORIS-NORIS. A slap stick stop-motion film about NOT sharing.