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