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Posted by spacette, on 2007-09-03 22:27:49

Crumbling land etc

Hi there, I'm new-ish here, although have enjoyed reading for a while. I'm currently working on a stop mo project which involves land gradually subsiding, until all that remains of the tall hill are a few precarious pillars, with pieces of land falling off them. I've done a few small projects, so know that engineering this effectively could be tricky. At the moment I'm just working out measurements and getting some solid bases to build the pillars of land on. Any ideas on how to achieve the subsiding and crumbling pillars would be great. Also, I'm planning on green-screening the bg and compositing in skies slightly animated using paint. Has anyone tried this, and if so, is it likely to work ok? Cheers, D

Posted by egendron, on 2007-09-06 09:02:23

yes paint works fine, has a certain "painterly" look to it. with a little blur it would look smoother like sky. check out ezrebet in the "yr stopmo project" section.

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-09-06 18:28:01

One simple way to add some movement is to create layers. I used a painted sky backdrop for the opening of Marco Pollo and the Mirror of Narcissus (in my stopmoshorts link). I took a photo of it, and used the whole sky for the back layer. Then I made a middle coming down half way, with a soft edge, and a front layer that only filled the top 1/3rd of the frame. I moved the layers at different speeds to give some depth. I mapped the images onto flat rectangles in Lightwave3d, but it could be done in a 2d compositing program like AE as well. What I didn't have was changing shapes in the clouds, but it came up all right anyway.

Posted by spacette, on 2007-09-06 22:33:38

Thanks for the suggestions - layering the painted sky is good idea :). I'll have to do some testing. Really enjoyed that film, and the others on the site btw...awesome. Such subtle movement and great detail in the set/lighting.

Posted by Jim Aupperle, on 2007-09-06 20:16:12

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] One simple way to add some movement is to create layers. I moved the layers at different speeds to give some depth. .What I didn't have was changing shapes in the clouds, but it came up all right anyway. [/div] Hi Nick, Sounds like the same basic approach that Albert Whitlock used to get movement into his painted clouds except he did it all on the original negative. It always seemed to work for him. Jim Aupperle