Post by Doan the Nado on Oct 16, 2005 0:01:21 GMT -5
Ahh... seeing that brings back memories. In 5th grade, we did a group project in which we had to do something about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (I later read the whole series and loved it), and our group decided to do a claymation using stop motion animation. I think it turned out pretty good. One person in the group's mom owned an art gallery, and she made all the clay characters, and then we spent countless time setting up, recording for a second, stopping, moving a little, and repeating until we had a reenactment of the entire book.
Anyways, the first one was pretty cool. The second one is downloading rather slowly, but maybe yousendit doesn't appreciate that I was downloading 3 files from them at once.
And Doan, C. S. Lewis is a big hero of mine. If you liked that series, try Piers Anthony's Xanth series. I have a game planned set in the land of Xanth, but it is quite a ways off yet.
I've got a couple tapes full of these short things ranging from 30 seconds to 4 minutes.
They were done with a full sized VHS Camcorder, so that explains the choppyness.
I am now in the process of digitizing them for preservation (these are 10 - 15 years old) and thought I'd share.
If people like them I'll post a few more of the better ones. I've got two "Big Ones"... a 3 1/2 minute Pro Wrestling parody (Hulk Holstein vs Bessy for The Cottonweight Championship of The World), and of course, a Cow vs Monster fight (The Feathery Eyeball Thing From Hell). That one is 4 minutes.
Post by Dungeon Warden on Oct 23, 2005 17:28:54 GMT -5
Well, I don't have to pay to use the editing tools here (other then the cost to come to college in the first place), so you can save some money (and the trouble of getting a credit card) if you allow me to edit it. It's up to you what you want to do, but the options there if you want to take it.
I think I might as well take Dungeon Warden up on his offer.
Feel free to edit away as you see fit. And Thanks Muchly for the kind offer.
I think all the links have current versions.
I guess I'll show ya what my thingy does with a double time version of A Labour of Unrequited Love...
Hulk Holstein vs Bessy.
What more need be said?
It's the wrestling match of the century (last century)!
The original is a monster 36 Megabyte Zipped folder with a 62 Megabyte mpg file. NOT dial up friendly.
This one is a 17 MB Folder with a 28 MB file. I don't know how friendly that will be.
The double time looks great, but is still locked.
In fairness to Pinnacle, they advertised it as a Video Capture device and the editing suite is just there. Locked, but previewable. It is actually a decent salespitch. It also does chroma key (bleu screen), distortions, and much more.
So shut off your speakers or turn down your volume because there is a constant beeping they place there to get you to buy it. And a transparent Logo advertising their company. But I ain't payin' to unlock the thing yet, so tolerate it.
The original audio track is probably best ignored anyhow.
You see, this was a Christmas present for the Woman I loved at the time. She used a silly voice to puppeteer stuffed animals and that is my impersonation of it. It's embarrassing, but I left it there anyhow.
She also had a love of pro wrestling. She watched it for the same reasons men watched Baywatch.
This took 13 1/2 hours of straight work (running downstairs to prepare microwave meals in stages in between frames at mealtimes) (the camera would sit on pause for 3 minutes before stopping, thus ruining the hope of smoothness in the thing).
My sanity was questioned when I made this one. And it has a nice story to it.
I decided it would be a great idea to go to NASA's Goddard Space Center (only a 2 hour ride from home at the time) with a pile of stuffed cows, and my camera, and do some stop motion in the Rocket Park.
I never claimed to be sane.
Nobody'd believe me anyway.
I stopped in the gift shop on my way to the Rocket Park and saw two Teddy Bears wearing blue NASA jumpsuits. So I bought them and headed for the park.
So, there I am with my camera all set up on a tripod and this big back sack full of cows (I needed a bunch to choose from because I was not sure what I was going to do until I got there) trying to find two cows who would fit in the jumpsuits when this security guard asks me what I'm doing.
He was confused, but left me alone.
So I set up this thing where I would pan around the park, and end up with the camera pointing at the base of a rocket with the two Teddy Bears on guard.
Then The cows would jump them and take over.
I'm in the middle of this when a woman with a young child asked me what I was doing.
I explained about stop motion and the general plot of the thing I was creating. She was genuinely interested.
Then she asked me what "They" were going to do with it. I told her I did not understand.
She wanted to know why NASA would film such a thing.
I told her that I was just doing this for fun. It's a hobby.
A look of terror came over her face, She grabbed her child by the hand and left very quickly to the sound of me laughing hysterically at her actions.
That story makes the mediocrity of the clip less bothersome to me. In fact it is one of my favorites. Not because it is any good, but because of that story.
It's another piece without a soundtrack. I never did make one for this, although I let it run a little long because after the animation ends I speak a line of explanation of what just happened. If the file is too big for some of you and you still want to see it, I'll break it into two at the point where the panning around the park ends and the animation begins. But you'll have to ask...
Post by Doan the Nado on Nov 14, 2005 8:01:30 GMT -5
That story is pretty hilarious. The idea that an adult could do something for fun? Preposterous!
As for the video, I liked it. The "sneaky cows" were pretty neat, and it was pretty cool when they carried off the bears. I can certainly see why it is one of your favorites, especially with that story that you have attached to it.