Friday, July 15, 2005

Moving around.

The shot I'm setting up for this weekend involves a camera move. As the character walks towards us, the camera tracks back, rising up while tilting down to end up in an overhead view. Motion control would be great for this, but most independent filmmakers (myself included) cannot afford one of these specialized rigs. Luckily there are other ways to make the camera move in stopmotion. Through the use of geared movers and tracks, the animator can incrementally move the camera in almost any way a motion control rig can. I like to call it "Handmo", and I've put together a pretty decent system for use on my film. It started with a simply constructed stopmotion dolly which was built by Brady Whitcomb. Brady has plans for this online, and will even build one for you at a very reasonable price. I then added some more movement to this with a counterweighted offset arm to allow moves over sets, and a vertical lifting device used in lab work. The camera mounts to a small gear head made by Bogen that allows incremental pans and tilts. Below is a photo that I took about a year ago when I had the rig all set up for a few shots.

4 Comments:

Blogger twin turbohed said...

DOPE! You are the mutha #$@#-n MAN!! How do you like the vertical movement you are getting out of that baby? The only vertical movement I heard about in the lab is the price of a film transfer. thank jesus I am shooting digital, right? mish is drunk, put down the keyboard and walk away from the monitor..!

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Blogger LIO said...

Sheeeesh ... I had to sign-up in blogger to post comment. You don't want to live on the edge and dangerously like Mish & T Norton? They accept comments from anyone?! ;)

Anyway ... did not realize I lapsed in visiting here and was not aware of your progress .... especially the resurrection of chemical kid clone :o

EDIT: Hey ... I can't edit after posting

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Blogger Ethan said...

Soory about that Lio- I changed the settings so anyone can comment now. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

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