"Time and Time Again" Production Blog

Chronicling the production of the stop-motion animated short, "Time and Time Again" by Mike Bates. All images, characters, weird machines, etc, Copyright 2003-2007.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

I moved out of Scenery Storage...

And have moved back into the Sound Stage for the moment, while preparations are being made for the new locale.

So goodbye chicken (*sniff*), welcome back hot rod!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

I'm at a friend's computer today. The hard drive on my home computer crashed yesterday! It's the computer I blog from and tweak the storyreel with. (Fortunately, all the animation footage is on a separate hard drive at school. Yay!) But don't worry, I think it was only my boot disk, and hopefully all the scanned storyboards are okay on another hard drive in the computer.

But I always like to blog with a picture, and so let me see what I can dig up from the archives...

Here's another shot of the Motion Control rig on the street set. You can see the threaded rod holding up the set. Also, the Sculpy baking toaster oven is in the lower left hand corner, next to the waste basket.

Here's the messy side of "Worried Pig". Foam core and white poster paper.

And here's a better look at the Drake's building facade, before I went to Kinko's and had them print out a bunch of window frames on transparencies, which I cut out and glued in the window holes. I think I was testing to see if the transparencies would be the right size. I would print out the frames on regular paper, which I then cut and placed them in the window gap to see if it looked right. You can also see a bunch of the store front displays down at the bottom! Neat! Cut outs of old ads from the fifties.

Also interesting to note: I modeled this building after a real one I found in a book of classic architecture. Little did I know this same building is featured in The Godfather. (When Kay and Michael are talking in front of department store at Christmastime, that's the one!) So I guess I have a little Godfather nod. Cool.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Breaks are good. This week was the start of the summer quarter at De Anza, and the spring quarter just ended the week before, so there was no break in between them. But I took one anyway. :) I took the opportunity to visit Misha Klein, a great animator and fellow stop-mo blogger. He showed me some great footage and sets, and we talked about all the fun stuff about making your own stop-mo film. Thanks, Misha!

So as far as making-of this week: I unintentionally ran across some great real-life lightning reference just this morning while checking the blogs for updates! Metafilter.com posted this link to very cool lightning photos and video. My favorites are these two videos of liquidy bolts. I was happy to see them because I would like to have 2-D animated lightning for my Time Machine and assumed it would have to be an imaginary whispy electric stream that would gently move around the machine's electrodes. But here it is! A real-life example of it.


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