Sunday, 29 June 2008

My time at a naval school.

I attended The Royal Naval School Verdala , Malta from 1972- 1975, what has this to do with Bond? I here you ask, well the school was lead by none other than a real Commander, "Cdr.Bond", He even wore the uniform to prove it. This picture was taken in the winter time, in summer he wore it in white with shorts!! In a school report he wrote...."Neil is a difficult child who likes to be the centre of attention", I was 8 years old so i guess that makes me the norm then!!

1920 x 1080

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Animation Spec

Quantum of Solace ( Tribute ) is shot at 1920 x 1080 ,16:9 ratio, unfortunately I don't know any sites that will host the completed short at HD definition as the finished uncompressed .avi is big.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The new 1:6 th scale Heckler & Koch UMP9 arrived from the States, looking good with working safety catch!!, got to get some macro shots of this into the short.


Photo taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 fitted with macro adapter.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Focus pull with Panasonic Lumix

I attempted a focus pull with the Panasonic Lunix DMC-FZ50 , I think it worked fine and has a very film look to it.
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Thursday, 19 June 2008

Real laser light




I was going to do the laser sight for the walther P99 handgun in post but thought it would work better and would be easier fitting a laser light to 1:6 scale gun. The light is not a fibre optic although that would work.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Shooting started



Finally started to shoot a couple of seconds of a cheeky kick , it's been a while since I last animated so the animation isn't as smooth as it can be but I'm happy with the shot as it turned out. I haven't removed the tie down bar or added blinking but here's a sneak peek anyway.

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Some setup pics.





Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Monday, 16 June 2008

Close-up


I’m using a close up filter for some of the shots I wouldn’t call it a lens as such; it only works with the Panasonic Lica lens on wide angle. There is a bit of distortion but I wouldn’t want to get too close to this puppet's head it’s not very flattering.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

A very compact set




My studio set is contained in a light tight shed inside the larger studio.Just enough space to work in.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Puppet is Ready







The brass and wire puppet is ready for animating, it can strike quite a pose.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

What handgun?



I just can’t decide what handgun My Bond will use. The Bond gun is a Walther PPk or latter P99 or the Beretta , I love the Colt 45 Automatic, not very British or Bond but I just might use my Poetic license for this short and go for the 45 , you’ll just have to wait and see.

Looks like being a choice between these two, i think I'll go with the authentic approach.



Sunday, 1 June 2008

Quantum of Solace (tribute) Stop Motion Animation



This blog will follow progress of my 30 second tribute to Bond and in particular Daniel Craig.


Why 30 seconds? , because that's how long the music lasts, which is part of a StopmotionAnimation.com users challenge. I've purchased the head sculpt (which is 1/6th scale) and awaiting it's arrival. I think I'll re paint some parts ,the lips look a bit odd.





The armature will be made from brass/aluminium wire and will be built up with foam. The clothes and shoes are taken from a bond 1/6th figure.


Daniel Craig wouldn't be complete without his Heckler & Koch UMP9 fitted with silencer.