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For more information about how this shot was created, see below!
drawing is a composite of several key frames in a panning shot where the
scenery moves left to right and the camera tracks along with the canoe
full of natives. There are actually only three natives but the panarama
makes it look like there's more.
the set up on the new animation table. Note the two different layers of
trees, plants, etc.
to combine a variety of hi-rez jungle and volcano photos into a single
backdrop. Because this scenery would be at infinity, it would not appear
to move, relative to the camera while the two foreground layers will move
at different speeds.
Kelsey was visiting from college and got dragooned into assisting while
I animate the foreground tree and plants as they pass near the camera on
a separate layer. This is necessary as I will be shooting the natives at
a different scale and compositing them into the final scene.
I found that an old flat screen monitor makes a great bluescreen when it has nothing plugged into one of its video inputs. Pure blue and perfectly even distribution of color. Couldn't be easier.
make a jungle river set in three easy steps:
one: Shooting the background on a multiplane table so that you have different
layers of movement at different speeds to add depth.
two: In Photoshop, flip the imagery and the apply a slight vertical motion
blur and green tint to create a watery reflection.
three: Add a moving foreground tree!
to make it interesting, I created a tiny animated bird in Photoshop.
Now for the natives. Here is what the natives in the canoe for Scene 1 look like.
make my version of the native, I started with a standard military action
Brandi was able to find a soldlier that looked supremely pissed off, though
position here adds a whole new meaning to the term "Army Grunt".
the feet will never be seen, I just drilled a couple of 1/2 inch holes
in a block of wood for stability.
I could sculpt the native from scratch, this saves a bundle of time. However,
I do have to use some Super Sculpey to cover the joints in the action figure.
Fortunately, the Sculpey is almost the same color as the plastic figure.
the action figure has been completely covered except for a couple of strategic
joints that will remain open.
the figure is given a couple of coats of paint. One interesting thing about
Super Sculpey is that, if you paint it before it dries, then it stays flexible
because the air never gets to it. Handy.
is added to his head and hair is carefully scuplted in place. Note the
indention for the head band.
a comparison, above is the cartoon version of the native.
are a couple of views of the finished native figure.
Brandi did a bang up job on the arrow holder and arrows.
cartoon version had only three natives. But the wider 16:9 aspect ratio
of HD called for the addition of a fourth native in the canoe. Fortunately,
I did not have to animate the native four times. Since I was shooting against
a bluescreen, I could simply reposition the figure during the compositing
stage in post production.
had a sort of funky, square, flat-bottom canoe but I opted for a more traditional
type. The oval ends allowed for easier placement in the frame without having
to worry too much about any mis-matched perspective that a square-ended
canoe would have fostered.
shooting the puppet in the standing position, I then gave it a new coat
of paint to change the color of the loin cloth and to touch up the skin
where the paint may have peeled. After compositing, I then added
shadows and water splashes, etc.
(Note: The green background here is just for illustration. The puppets were shot on bluescreen.)
Here the natives have been composited in the canoe and are ready for a ride down the river!
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