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!