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Posted by tvs_frank, on 2009-10-18 04:34:39

Entry Hall, Dining Room, Kitchen

So, these are a few new sets i've built recently. the walls have been photoshopped a bit because the sets were shot with a sigma 10-20mm lense which gave the walls a tilting look. Anyway, these are for a stopmo game i'm making.

Posted by Isomer, on 2009-10-18 11:12:31

The sets look FANTASTIC!!! But um... a stop motion 'game'? That term has my curiosity peaked, could you expand on that? The first stop motion a friend and I ever shot was a film for which we had no plan at all, we just made some characters out of clay and placed them on opposite sides of the screen with swords. We called it 'animation chess' and the idea was to kill the other guys characters and animate as best you can. (no cheating with giant single frame stabs or pulling out a gun that wasn't there before!) I still like the idea of doing that if a person has a partner to animate with. So when you say it's a 'stop motion game' I'm intrigued.

Posted by wiz, on 2009-10-27 08:43:23

Beautiful! The sets are really detailed and have a good sense of scale. The photography has a good depth of field with just a tiny amount of foreground or background blur to draw your eye back to the middle. Lighting's great...nice mix of soft lights with hard-edge shadows. I'm also impressed with textures/surfaces -- some parts are glossy, others papery or rough, etc. Great attention to details. How did you make the layer of dust/dirt everywhere for that abandoned feel? Cheers, Damien

Posted by grecodan, on 2009-10-18 11:41:35

Terrific. I love the lighting, too. Did you make the furniture, too, or are the pieces modified dollhouse furniture? And the rug in the hallway?

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2009-10-18 12:13:30

By game I mean video game. ): 3rd person adventure game using miniature sets and puppets instead of normal animation. And, yeah, the chairs, tables, lights and rug are just modified 1:12 dollhouse items.

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-10-18 18:26:30

Nice looking sets, well aged, and beautifully lit! So that's all 1:12 dollhouse scale? You've photographed it so it very nearly looks full size. The only thing I noticed to give it away was the thickness of the open door, and the shape of the hinges, in the hallway shot. It's not an easy scale to make and animate puppets for. I normally work at 1:6. But after seeing how good the the set looks, I think you might be able to pull it off!

Posted by Strider, on 2009-10-19 02:43:15

Everything looks fantastic! Kinda reminds me of the original Resident Evil game (but in a smaller house obviously)... crossed with Clue. Not sure exactly why it makes me think of Clue... but I can see Colonel Mustard in the pantry with a frying pan.

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2009-10-19 03:39:54

Animating on this scale would definitely be a pain. Gives me pains just thinking about it. However, because it's gonna be a video game all puppets will be animated with a green screen, so the sets are all shot separately. Strider, lol. I just might add him as an easter egg.

Posted by DaveHettmer, on 2009-10-19 07:18:06

You're going to need a seriously wide lens that can be stopped way down (f22 or f32) to keep that stuff in focus. The dining room in the second shot really highlights the challenge.

Posted by Roos, on 2009-10-19 11:09:24

Wow that set looks absolutely great! I remember last summer on vacation me and my sister were sitting on a hill on a mountain looking at the sight and she was talking about all here ideas for games and I was talking about all my ideas for stop motion films (by everything she said I was like, oh yeah that would be cool for a stop motion film, and I believe it was the other way around too). After a while we started imagening about a stop motion game. I could make puppets and animate walk cycles and other movements and she would use that for the game. I don't remember our ideas for the sets anymore. But I think your idea is similar to that? Damn, we can never be the first! :P I'm curious for the result!

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2009-10-19 13:58:12

Well, actually there is a claymation game from 1996 called Neverhood and another game called the Dark Eye which uses puppets as characters, so we're both too late to be the first.

Posted by Roos, on 2009-10-19 14:28:35

Oh, haha, of course... everything is made already today. :P Well it doenst matter, I think your game is really going to be unique in it's kind. I actually never play videogames, but when you get this one finished I might make an exception.

Posted by Toggo, on 2009-10-26 11:53:41

Really great looking sets. Looking forward to hearing(err reading) more about your game. =)

Posted by Rocketspaceboy, on 2009-10-27 14:38:54

Beautiful sets. There was also a game called Clay Fighter for the Super Nintendo and I believe that was the very first Stop Motion Video Game. I've met a couple of people that animated for that game and they said it was a ton of fun. Greenscreen composite for the characters is a great idea. I plan to do something very similar with a future Music Video project. Currently have a caveman/dinosaur shot I'm setting up tomorrow thats green screen and then the characters are composited onto a sound stage. What are you going to use for the Chroma Key Removal? Whats the frame rate of the video game? I read somewhere that the framerate for games like Halo is 60p. But that not what this game is of course. Any puppet pictures yet????? Looks great!!! I want to play it.

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2009-10-29 14:23:56

The dust is just ashes and kitty litter dust. The rug and has been soaked in coffee and ashes. I'll be posting some puppet pictures soon. Thanks for your interest guys.

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-10-29 20:41:52

Nice rug in the hallway - where did you get it? I need oriental carpets too - larger scale, but a big rug in 1:12 could be a small rug in 1:6. Love the dust - not pre-loved kitty litter I hope? :P

Posted by thecatamites, on 2009-12-30 09:05:09

Man, this is incredible. I remember seeing earlier sets you posted on some adventure game forum and being blown away but this is something else still! The level of detail is amazing. I'm also kind of working on a stopmotion adventure game thing (although much cruder/more cartoonish) and every time I see your stuff it makes me want to work harder on it, haha. Keep it up!

Posted by Greyguy, on 2009-12-30 09:37:50

Those are Great,,look forward to the puppets !