Sunday, February 27, 2011

Create - update 3: Puppet fabrication and set construction

I've been making some good progress on the construction of the puppets and sets. It's been incredibly time-consuming, but seeing it piece together is a great feeling.

Starting with the puppets. I dipped the arms in Balloon Rubber, a thin liquid latex, mixed with some acrylic paint. The gloves are just separate dips of of the balloon rubber with different paint mixed in.

The heads are currently being painted, and the cloths are currently being sewn on by a friend of mine, Megan Miller.

And now, the sets! Goodness these babies are taking time.

Producer, Nick Reichard helping plan it out.

Attaching the wall supports.
I only had to build 2 set walls for my short "Campfire"... this one has 9!

So, the set structures themselves are completed. It is time to paint.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Create - update 2: Mold making and foam cutting

I'm wearing band-aids on my thumb and index finger, due to all the contestant cutting and sculpting foam I have been doing with my 4 different scissors. It is intense...

But first! Before the foam-fest, I made the Create boy's head. Super Sculpey sculpt, baked, silicon mold, resin casting, sanding, and drilling.

Now with plenty of heads, back to the body!

The bodies are really taking shape now. Next step is adding the liquid latex skin! Oh, and clothes. He'll be needing those.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Create - update 1!

Animatic - Check
Reference footage - Check!
Puppets - Okay!

I am now on the puppet fabrication side of things. From here on out it's the real time-consuming stuff for the short, but also the more fun for me, really making it.

Armatures 70% done

Totally just posed.

The armatures are feeling like they will definitely hold up for this animation. I was fortunate to have the design guidance and help from Dan Field, master puppet fabricator. He has been a huge help.

Overall, it is going well. I'm mostly on schedule, buut that whole schedule plan is more an "idealized" thing... right?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Senior film: CREATE

I would like to introduce my Senior Film...


It will be a 2 minute stop motion animation about a young mad scientist setting out to create a pet monster within parallel worlds of an imaginary labratory and the reality of the boy's bedroom.

I am deep into production at this moment. All pre-production is finalized, and I am into the more enjoyable building of things for the short. Many more updates to come very soon!