Tuesday, 24 November 2009

14th November -

Brian Van't Hul, Visual Effects Supervisor at Laika, was talking about their use of stereoscopic photography in his presentation on how they made Coraline, and also the perils of stop motion animation, such as maintaining constant colour temperature when filming a scene over the course of several days and warping of wooden sets.

Stereoscopic photography is when you take two images of the same thing from slightly different positions to create a 3D image... well alright, its not really three dimensional but it can provide a more convincing representation of depth than regular monoscopic photography. In normal photography you can control the size of the aperture which determines the depth of field (Objects outside the field appear out of focus and the further away it is, the more blurry it becomes.) but stereoscopic photography introduces parallax, which creates the illusion of depth perception.

There are a bunch of ways to view stereoscopic images, the simplest is to put them side by side and look at them cross eyed. the idea is to try to stare through them until a focused image appears in the middle, but this can be quite difficult and its hard to bring your eyes back into normal focus afterwards.
Another is to use anaglyphs, you know those blurry looking pictures you look at through different coloured lenses? Sometimes DVDs come with the option to watch them like this but personally I find it doesn't work well and causes me to get eye strain and headaches.
In the 3D viewings of Coraline and Up they used some battery powered hocus pocus sunglasses and I don't have a clue how that technology works but it's INCREDIBLE.

I took a bunch of notes in the presentation about the things they had to consider when shooting stereoscopic imagery, like eye dominance (Or 'retinal rivalry' to quote Mr Hul), interocular distance and whether to use a convergent or parallel setup for their cameras, but I think I've talked enough about geeky technical stuff.

By the way, if you see Coraline, watch it all the way to the end of the credits, because there's an extra scene at the end that took some guy 46 days to complete and by the time it was finished, it had been written out of the movie. It's really pretty.

Its all fun and games till someone loses an eye...

Monday, 23 November 2009

13th November

More short animations today, The Cable Car, Sbam and TV Dinner where my favourites.

Interview with Priit Pärn

Priit Pärn is an Estonian film maker with an extraordinarily strange style of animation. I found that some of his animations can be quite mentally draining to keep track of the story, but I still enjoyed them, I think it's good to see someone doing something different.
In the interview he mentioned how it was important to the soviet government for everyone to conform to their ideas, and how artists, writers and film makers produced strange ideas because it allowed them to do something the government didn't like, without getting themselves into trouble.

Here is an example of some of his work

He was nice enough to sign this quick sketch that I scribbled of him during the interview.


The 3D screening of Up was really fun and it had possibly the best story I've seen in the festival.


12th November

The highlight for today was the screening of Coraline in 3d, followed by an interview with the producer Claire Jennings. (it would have been nice to have a break in between, achey knees!) The film was great to watch and the story was really good, I don't like the sound of sewing buttons into your eyes though, blerrrrgh. I didn't manage to get a picture of the Coraline models but plenty of other people did.

We saw some cool stuff wandering around the museum aswell, there was everything from old broadcasting equipment to a dalek.

Cheese, Gromit!

Monday, 16 November 2009

11th November-

Today we saw a lot of short animated films, most of them where really good although there where a few that where a bit too preachy for my liking. I especially enjoyed Operatatatata, Urs and Leitmotif. The opening night screening was a feature length clay animation called Mary and Max which was quite dark but also very funny and clever.
Also I made a few sketches in my doodle book today.

Oh yeah, and we got T-shirts...

Rememberance day.

10th November -

Spent all day on the minibus, blah.

When we got to the hotel I found out that my 3G mobile internet dongle doesn't work and I don't have the right kind of card to pay for the hotel's wireless internet.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Blog Backlog

So much to blog about, even the internet has abandoned Bradford.
I'll upoload the BAF posts I made as I get time.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Everybody wants to be a cat

Because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at.

I watched Aristocats on channel 5 last night, followed by a silent episode of Felix the Cat on Open Access 1.

Fun times.

Can't wait for tomorows 10 hour minibus journey to bradford!
no, really...
I'm going to bring my mobile internet dongle and try to make a blog post while I'm there, but incase I dont have time, heres a picture from this years air show (it rained untill 4pm, what a disaster that was).

Also, I haven't forgotten about the sketchbook project I mentioned in my first post, I'll unbury the scanner eventually

In other news, no hot water or heating in the flat, fantastic.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Stop! Blogger time.

2D assignment: Make a big cubey thing and a little cubey thing, and make them interact.

It's a little fast, needs some pauses... The timing could be better.

3D assignment: make the cubey thing play with a ball.

I'm still finding keyframing and the curve editor a bit of a pain, everythings a little bit slow and sluggish, but that might be because I set the fps wrong >.>