After recking our brains for months on how to create the very importnat exploshion in the film, the day finaly came when I had to shoot soemthing- this week. So between myself, Sasha and with some help form Fiona. We decided to do this (see photos) basicaly we died a punch of wadding and cotton sheets, in various colour of red, ornage, yellow and grey. Sasha had soem led lights that created a range of disco like colours- which would act as the fire and light withing the explosive cload. The cloads and fire steam was cerated by distreshing and pulling the webbing and tacking it loosely to later be pulled apat in shot. This was one of the only shots I had help animting on as I needed someone to push the button or hold the cload between shots. It was a long thrantic few days to create this piece, but once edited within the other quick shots that make up the exploshion sequence, i'm confident it will give the impact I want. We ahd looked at creating a real exploshion and compoting it in, but i felt at this point that as we had used hand crafted effects for all other parts of the film, it would be jarrign now to change that- we looked at Wes Anderson Fantastic Mr Fox for explsohions, fire and general practicle efeftcs as now most explsohions even in stop-motion are composited in at lower frame rate. Which is still an option if this doesnt work.
Castign proved very tricky and actualy neded up taking alot of time to perfect. We tried almsot everythign to get the silocne to work, we decompreseed, before after and durign casting, added catalist reducsed catalist, enjected, painted, enjected and painted. To know availe we asked anyone and everyone we could to try and figure out why it wouldnt work. In the end we took the most low tech approach possible we did deomcpress and simly bult up the silcone in layers inside the mould and the pressed them together usign the final layour of silone liek glue, we trippled the catalist as it was 1% and compltely undictatebale to the scales when were makign up the small amount we needed for each componet( roughly 10-20g each time). Finally success came in just teh nick of tiem ad we were able to create a fully function puppet the frieday before shooting (beging on the monday)
The set is up and ready now after what feels like month of planning, Sasha made the base for the set out of wood and chicken wre at hoem in her garage and the transpoted it the UWE studios so we could add more wire, papper masha, plaster and essetialy pebble dash the entire thing- this was the section we got the most hand on board to help getting three fellow students to help plaster and pebble dash as it was easier to get it all doen in a week so plaster ddint dry before we coudl cement in the peblles, pretty much the hole thing was PVA'd over to seal in the rocks and reduce the amount of movemne of pebbles on set whalst shooting.
We also madea bunch of other props including a mini crab which eventualy ended up being teh only crab we used through out the film, two scales of seagul, flip flop, boat, "no seagul"sighn, stars and a bomb.
The heads of our puppets are 3D printed, this isn't for lip syncing purpose, but simply to reduce the need for carving multiple heads and as our characters are meant to be twins, its also important to make them identical. So I designed some heads and got my partner Ben Mitchell to model them up in Cinema 4D. They went to print and Sasha Lawrence (my model maker on the film) has been working on sanding, priming, filling and painting the heads ever since, and there looking pretty good!
These are hand carved heads that I made and photgraphed to give to Ben to recreate in cinema 4D.
They were then printed in a plastic filmanet, sanded and maker wholes filled by Sasha Lawrance, before she then applied layers of acrylic using an airbrush.
After our rather distressing attempt at mould making earlier in the term resulting in 4kg of ugly resin paper weights, that were completely and utterly unusable. We were very pleased to have a both the materials and brilliant support and advice of some truly brilliant model makers to help and we've had some success! Here is the prices for our hand mould.
After sculpting the hand in plastline, around a wire armature, I set the the arms in terracotta clay half way up the sculpts. Paying special attention to the fingers and cleaning the side to reduce the potential of over hang and huge seemliness.
After a lot of cleaning and fiddling, I added plasticine keys (blue) and built up the walls with foam board and glue guns, checking for any wholes, potential leaking spots.
We then Mixed the two part aluminium resin to an inch above the scults we used animation toolkits Aluminium Resin Composite kit. It took roughly 630g for one side. We worked the volume exactly i just can't remember what it was. LxW=xH.
Once we broke open the mould and checked for faults, and cleaned the mould and sculpts again, I then but overflow spaces to help reduce seam lines once again. This is basically making the mould as efficient as possible - so anywhere were resin could be excluded but leaving enough to create pressure around the sculpt.
I then re-bulit the side, checked for gaps, and then filled with eh same quantity form resin for the other side, allowed it to cure overnight (just be on the safe side though it had gone of in about an hour) and Huzzah! result was pretty good, a few little holes that needed to be filled with a little bit of milliput but the moulds should cast fine, we just need to drimmel some line out of the finger to hold the wire in place and drill a hole through the arm to be able to souring in the silicone. (update to come!)
so here is a mock up of the final looks and style for boris and Noris, this has all been put together cheaply and quickly but he's basically correct. the legs and arm will now be casted and moulded to create multiples, a slightly cleaner version of the torso will be created both in this form and in the reverse colours, taller boots will be developed and a smaller head will be reproduced using rhino and 3D printing.
I will be testing him next week though to test weather he need longer versions of the legs for exsaduration in runs, as well as if the new solid body is ok, originally I had planned to have a armatured body but it would make life a lot simpler without. Id also like to set the legs slightly further apart.
To start building the crab I decided to look into different types of crabs, and settled on a cross between a fiddler and ghost crab, due to there already cartoony appearance. I did a colour test to figure out what colour scheme would fit the look of the film and offer a contrast to the set and the main characters.
The torso was made from plastazote, the legs are made form twisted aluminium wire. The limbs and eyes are made from building up layers of latex dipped scrim foam. the body was also cover in milli put as were the eyes and the claw tips.
I painted the whole thing in a light yellow, then teal to develop a more naturalistic shell effect. I plan to use a spray gun to add a light layer of blue and white for low and high lights. On reflection I perhaps should of added pins into the claw tips for pin downs, however on the pebble beach hopefully the revises will create purchase for the legs.
This is a space for development work of my grad film BORIS-NORIS. A slap stick stop-motion film about NOT sharing.