Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stop-Frame Animation

Mimi and I managed to put together our entry for this year’s Filmed by Bike program; as planned a stop-frame animation of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare, starring two great bikes. We filmed it in a little over an hour and took about twice that long to edit it and since every picture is supposed to be worth a 1000 words, all I have to do to meet today’s 327 word requirement is include single still from the flick and I’m done, but since they’re all on the other computer and I’m too lazy to switch over to that one, I’ll have to simply paint word pictures with the 200 or so I have left.

What I like best about our work is its length; we come in at just under two minutes with not a single wasted instant. From the opening credits that announce the piece as a PhiloCycle film to the closing moment when the credits run, it just buzzes right along, one joke after the next.

The movie stars the Schwinn Hollywood as the Tortoise and the beloved XO-1 as the Hare, and I think it does a pretty good job of leveraging its shortcomings. In a couple frames, you see the random hand or foot come in during the animations, but all that lends a certain charming homemade quality to the work, if I do say so myself, and I do.

Mimi and I worked together pretty well, once I decided to pretty much give over the creative reigns to her; I had to be willing to give up some of my preconceived notions of where I thought the story was going, including who would win the race in the end, but having let that go, I enjoyed being surprised by the outcome.

We got really lucky on the choice of music, a Django Reinhard ditty, which magically made it all come together, surprising both filmmakers with their own creation.


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