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Posted by jgonyea, on 2001-07-12 21:58:23

Suggestions?

I have a working idea for a music video going, and I have to try to design a set....The storyline is going to take place inside someone's head/mind. I have stop motion characters representing each different facet of one's personality, and I'm going to have them sort of...battling...racing...something like that....to get to be the one chosen trait...dominant trait or whatever...like, the winner ends up being the mood the person is in...it sounds sort of cheezy, but i think its going to work if done right. any ideas how i might be able to set up a surreal world inside one's mind? also...is it possibly to do sets with "moving" walls..like, as in responce to sound waves?

Posted by Nick H, on 2001-07-13 03:32:22

Hate to say it, but moving walls would be easy in cgi. But if the wall was curved in one direction, like bent sheetmetal, held in a curve under tension, with maybe a big clamp holding it bent, you could slacken it off a little each frame to let the wall straighten, tighten it to increase the curve. And you could add globby bits of soft 2-part urethane foam to texture it, which would bend easily with the metal. Or, a sheet of 1" thick foam, with a string pulling the center away from behind, and you could tighten or slacken the string... Of course, being inside a mind is not the same as being inside a skull or brain, it can look like whatever you want.

Posted by e_rex, on 2001-07-16 22:42:45

I think your set design is going to depend entirely on the "mind" of your star. What is this person like? His or her own personality traits should lead the way to a design. Can you give us more info on your "star?" John.

Posted by JohnL, on 2001-07-13 11:59:35

for moving walls, if you made the walls out of latex and put a balloon behing them you could just adjust the amount of air. it would be easy for making the wall deflate but probably not the other way round, so try reversing footage. or it would probably also blend well with the stop motion if you tried it live action, and just used your lung. (should be easy?)