Thursday, November 30, 2023

Post 624 - Test for Closing Credit Background - Color and Timing - First Edit

Simple blue screen matting used, two layers of video, silent, ready for sound sync and final timing.  This really is taking forever!

(c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Post 623 - Exposing Yourself Like It's 1999 - Exposure Sheets for "Sfumato #1: Flute Solo"

Ah the good old early tech days of digital animation - here was an exercise, rendered in the DOS 6 version of Autodesk Animator Pro, requiring frame by frame layering, one sequence at a time, in a day when a VGA GenLock was as good as output to video could get for the "hobbyist."

It was a further challenge since the Autodesk program rendered things out at 15fps, the sound was on a separate TAPE, and the cylinder used broke in mid-play on its second take, requiring a fast edit using a pause button on the cassette playback.  A 1906 recording with a second generation dupe - yeah, good times, good times.

Here's a re-render of the project, done this year as a test for "Sfumatoscope!"

Click HERE for the "Updated Video" 

Even had to create my own exposure sheets to try figuring it out. I know, I could have been watching football.  This was still more fun, honestly.  A sampling:

(c) 1999, 2023, Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Sunday, November 05, 2023

Post 621 - High School Hubris with Kubrick

Teenagers playing with a camera and a tape recorder.  Kinetophones had approximately the same level of synchronics at play:

Teens and Dr Strangelove - ca 1972


(the cigar was older than me at the time)


Thursday, November 02, 2023

Post 620 - PNG layer effect on digital illustration test

                                           (c) 2023 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Now to find some music from the Connecticut Yankees...


Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Friday, October 27, 2023

Post 618 - Playing Telephone


Let me hold your hand, dear friend, and view the world through beauty's eyes.
Let me holden, gasped dear friend, and brew the whirled through two teased eyes
Lend me Holden, gasped the hand, and brew a world of teasing thighs
Landon, Holden gasped to stand, and broodish worlds of tea sing thighs
Landon, stand and hold the brute with wordy worldly tea-stained ties
Landon stood embracing brutes and disdained tea from those on high
Landon stood, embracing brutes and disdained tea from me, oh my
Land of snood, embrace, and sing dis tainted tea or dat t'aint me
Land of snoo, them braces sing, with tea too tainted me to bring
Land of snow, the bracings grow, but tainted tea will bring me low
(here the coffee wore off) 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Post 617 - More Ink and Paper! The Joys of Exposure to the Elements!

 From the Greenville Daily News, Monday, 23 October 2023

If any conclusion may be drawn from this, it's obvious that I have a problem with breaking cameras. 

Article by Elisabeth Waldon, a genius at creating coherency out of rambling thoughts.  Many thanks to her.

(c) 2023, The Greenville Daily News