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Car Crisis

Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 3:14pm

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Ok guys, this 2 and a half minute short is the real deal. A culmination of about 2 years of experience in the field of stop motion from yours truly. This was shot across the course of 4-5 nights, and was edited in few hours (2 or 3). Contrary to some of my previous work, this short is something I considered to be polished, albeit lacking continuity in some areas because it was shot in a "here and there" type style. I basically shot the whole movie one night, and added 20 second segments into it with each consecutive night.

But it flows!

There is no real story. All you need to know is that character A is driving back from "the bathroom" when he is confronted by a mysterious enemy (character B). The two battle on, in, and out of their cars, flying all over the place, pursuing each other through the living environment of a teenager.
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Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 3:22pm

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Some excellent animation in here, particularly the car chase scenes, which had a remarkably mobile camera. In fact, the camera freedom in this was impressive throughout, given its stop-motion status.

Another thing I liked was the way the locations seemed so huge - everything was shot from the POV of the characters and the vehicles, so we adjusted to their size, resulting in the corridors seeming like giant chasms!

The gunshot could have done with some effects, muzzle flashes and a bullet for example. That part of the film seemed a bit unfinished, which was a shame given the evident effort that had gone into the stop-motion animation.

I'd love to see you make a short film with story, dialogue etc. This standard of animation applied to a well-planned story would be great.

The good:

• Very nice stop-motion animation.
• Camerawork impressive.
• Locations work surprisingly well.

The could-be-better:

• Ending seemed a bit abrupt.
• Gunshot was a bit muddled, wasn't sure what exactly was happening on top of the table.
• Music seemed slightly conspicuous.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 3:36pm

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not bad animation. but mabey you should try a different location. just to spice it up and give it an enviroment. just an idea. and i liked the car chase camera work it was not bad.
good job
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Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 4:53pm

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Impressive work!

It was the smoothest stopmotion ive seen in a long time! very nice, the camera work was excellent! Keep it comming!
Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 5:36pm

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ha ha, dang your good at that stop motion stuff, everything moved so smoothly, a 4 from me.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2003, 6:32pm

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Very cool! Very cool indeed!

The stop and go motion of this was really awesome! And that you moved the camera that wildly while having motion in the picture was fantastic!

The "story" was a bit confusing for me, but technically animationwise this was great!!



Good Job!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 1:47am

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Much respect for that film. The camera angles and movement were sweet.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 1:56am

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Great movie, however I couldn't get over one thing...
How do the cars get from the floor to on top of the furniture (table, dresser?)?
Great stop motion.
I also agree with the previous post about the muzzle flash.
Good stuff overall!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 7:15am

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"How do the cars get from the floor to on top of the furniture (table, dresser?)"


That is because I shot it over the course of four nights, adding "story" or action in randomly. Continuity is obviously not a strong suit of the short.



Anyone have an idea for a five minute stop motion story? Seriously, you guys give me a good plot idea, and I'll make it.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 10:37am

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Maybe take some inspiration from the Pixar movies. Both their shorts and their feature films have incredibly simple - a and often surreal - concepts at their heart.

What if toys were alive?

What's it like being a bug?

What if the monsters in the closet were just doing their job?

Birds on a wire.

Lamps playing about.

A snowman trapped in a paperweight snowglobe.


Maybe try to come up with something equally 'simple' at first glance, then add in themes and ideas until you have a fun short?
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 10:47am

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lol birds on a wire.

For the birds is a great short film lol i got it on cd, love the thing.

But more to the question in hand. Yeah look at other stop animation techniques things like walace and Gromit.

or look at some south park old stuff. Using that technique of stop motion where you move peices ever so slightly and click.

im sure you can get some kinda storyline from that.

i dont think you would be able to do this. But ive always wondered if Pixar might. Do something like ants but within the humans body using bactiera and so on. Like that old program HOW MY BODY WORKS.

Have an Army of a disease coming to attack. and the white blood cells have to try and protect. You could make a fun loving character where he goes in search for help. maybe a little to much like ants but an idea non the less.

Hey maybe recreate some tron stuff crazy like the bike scene or doing a little short. where the guy has been intraped within this computer program. and the only way he can excape is through the use of computer games. well theyn seem like computer games to us.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 10:58am

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Coldfuse wrote:

i dont think you would be able to do this. But ive always wondered if Pixar might. Do something like ants but within the humans body using bactiera and so on. Like that old program HOW MY BODY WORKS.
Already been done. Haven't seen it myself, but I believe it is called Osmosis Jones.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 11:11am

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oh yeah forgot about that. well thats how much of an effect it had on me. But then i guess it never hur nobody for pixar to do it. they done an Bug thing that the same time as ants.

so its all good crazy lol

oh yeah if i remember rightly it was also a cartoon. So it would be more like HOW MY BODY WORKS... so they can still do it YEAY!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2003, 3:44pm

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Wow this was great animation wise..
I think it would look nice if you used a motion blur plugin.
Posted: Thu, 6th Nov 2003, 10:45am

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Not bad,
But I felt my head spinning a bit too much, maybe tone down the over the top camera work.

Just my thought on it.
Posted: Sat, 8th Nov 2003, 11:07pm

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what did you use to capture the frames? was it a built-in stop motion option in your camera or...?
Posted: Mon, 10th Nov 2003, 10:23pm

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A canon powershot A 40 digital still camera.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2003, 2:06am

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And which program di you use? Anasazi Stop Motion Animator?
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2003, 6:06am

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Adobe Premier. Pretty simple here people. Take a bunch of pictures, play them in sequence. That is all. A really fast slide show.
Posted: Sat, 15th Nov 2003, 8:41am

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haah I loved it hahah funny shit to me it was good entertaining for me.good work man, time consuming i can imagine
Posted: Sun, 16th Nov 2003, 11:13pm

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But how did you put the pictures toghether in Premiere? Did you really transfer the thousands of pictures onto your hard drive and put each picture in the timeline a make them 1 frame each??
Posted: Mon, 17th Nov 2003, 1:13am

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Wow pooky! Something that takes effort to do! unsure
Posted: Sun, 23rd Nov 2003, 2:52am

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Pooky, you go to Edit > Preferences > General and Still Images and make the default still image duration 2 frames (or 3, or 1, depending on the framerate you want).


Actually, if you shoot a stop motion the way you want it edited, then there is no editing required. Just import the entire folder of images into Bin 1, and drag the folder onto the timeline. Then export it and you're done!
Posted: Sun, 23rd Nov 2003, 3:40am

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Ok.

Andrew: Doing that would take months to make seconds, and you would work 3 hours a day...
Posted: Sat, 14th Feb 2004, 4:58am

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haha Awesome movie!! biggrin the flow is perfect! thumbs up!
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2004, 2:31am

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Great movie!

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