Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Post 652 - Leftovers In A File - ca 1973

How it appeared in 1973, on Super 8mm film, Tri-X B/W film stock

The original sketch, with a blue ball-point pen, before discovering Rapidographs

All due to a teenage obsession with les Freres Marx, culminating with procuring a copy of Night at the Opera to show at a Friday afternoon assembly, on the eve of an ice storm in December, 1972.  (Confession - I later took that print home with me along with a 16mm projector from the high school AV room and ran it five times over the weekend)

Originally part of a ponderous film purporting to be about the US Capitol Building (gee, let THAT subject go, Middleton!) that I tried to make as pretentious as possible, with candles serving as "opening" and "closing" images, wobbly tracking shots through a college library to A Book of Wisdom and Knowledge (ok, it was my freshman chemistry book), and felled trees looking like Richard Nixon.  Yeah, a real knee slapper, that one.

And you know what?  Never got around to using the damned thing.

Here's the inspirational opening title of A Night at the Opera from 1935:

A Night at the opera-opening - YouTube

 And here's the link to Good Garbage, put together between 1973 and 1974:

 Text and original sketches (c) 1974, 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary, etc etc...

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Post 649 - Keeping Things Inside - The Sequel

 Dang - these things can go on forever!  Rather surreal, almost like being inhabited by an alien life form...

(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Internalized Animating Apothecary

(c) 2024, Jim Middleton, Stand Still It'll All Be Over in a Minute Animatwing! Apothecary

Monday, February 12, 2024

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Post 647 - A Test for Sparrow's Celebration of "The Amour Mosaic"

The song isn't in the public domain for this one, so it's not included here, and the film inserts have yet to be assembled...but Sparrow is very determined to celebrate Valentine's Day this year!  I suspect this project with an 8 day "budget" will run all of two minutes on completion.  A great way to use some of these bajillion of archival images and really push the Vegas software assembly process.  

Here is the "final product" - ahead of schedule!!! EGAD!!!

Sparrow's 2024 Valentine To All


Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Post 646 - Homer and Its Pioneers - A Reprint from 1888 - Now on Amazon

This was an exercise in process, not profit, and a sincere desire to make otherwise unseen history again visible.  A physician in the small town of Homer, Michigan, with a side hustle as editor of the Homer Index weekly paper, took it upon himself to interview his patients and fellow residents in 1888 and assemble the tales into a book.  I found the unbound signature sheets at a used book store in Battle Creek several years ago and scanned the 139 pages (some were blank by intention), incredibly intact after 136 years.  

I thought they should be preserved, shared, and made available for those in the area, but also as a glimpse at first-person accounts of interactions among early Michigan settlers and the native populations they encountered.  

I have recently found other versions of the book online, with Amazon having an "out of print" status for a $18.95 copy.  

I made this version $8 - not to compete, but to increase its general availability.

Homer and Its Pioneers - Amazon 

Now back to animating!


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Post 643 - Effects Test - Shadow Up A Canyon

 Not sure what will come of this...

This terrifying moment (c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

May even use it for something like this:

This static cling moment (c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary


Original Template -

(Moabular photographic image featuring one E. Kluwe, best employee of UCC ever)

Friday, January 12, 2024

Post 640 - Gimme a Hand - or at least - A Tonearm! - updated 18 Jan 2024


(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

With Enhancement:

(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

 And other useless touches:

(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

And why not some more fiddling?

(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Post 639 - Another Beginning

 After about three false starts since 2008...

(c) 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Post 638 - Uncovered Abandoned Project - ca 2007

It may reappear, "someday," as well...

                                  (c) 2007, 2023, Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary


Trying to make Flash 5.5 provide layering effects, using Flash to erase bits with a mouse (!!).  I even mixed a soundtrack for the "trailer."  Oh to be a kid again!  Here I discovered that Flash wasn't very good at rendering out its own AVI or MOV files - they were gigantic and pretty much unplayable - and today they don't enlarge well at all.  Looks like a restart from scratch project... will have to track down some PD orchestrations as well.  Such youthful ambition!!

Saturday, January 06, 2024

Post 637 - How Things Begin - with a tiny test from 13 January (hey, there's a blizzard outside!)

 9 drawings in a 21 frame loop, based on a late-50s intermission film with a significant associated ear worm!

AI isn't all that much help, but is a distraction:

Just the first frame - a lot of nudging to get something of interest...but with time, with time...

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Post 633 - Taking a Spin - layer test - with some test effects (updated 28 December)

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

With drowning rats, no less (it's a love story):
(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

And some effects:
(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

And with a cleanup -

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Post 632 - Another Year, Another Holiday Season!

 I'm getting my seatbelts ready for what's ahead...hope I can still post things this time next year...

Be safe and stay well

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Post 631 - Pre-Tsunami Water and Rats Test

 More Color Balance Testing:

Where it began:

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Then some movement:

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

And let's just have those rats pile up.  Take Two:

Still (c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary