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December 9, 2010 - No Comments!

Antiques Garage

Last weekend, Jae and I made a little trip to the Antiques Garage between 6th and 7th avenue. We found a miniature monkey with movable arms and legs from the 1930's or 40's and a biker made of wire and cloth.

Here a little film of the City Biker. The amazing thing is that by pushing the wire handle you move the biker's legs which in return pushes the bike wheels forward. We're thinking of using this structure to eventually build the main character in our animation project.

November 24, 2010 - No Comments!

Don’t be afraid to travel the way less known

Wherever I am, it's usually the people around me who inspire me most. Since November 1st, I'm in Brooklyn, New York. Here I met  Jae whom I am currently sharing house with. He's a lovely person, full of energy and exciting ideas. We have started collaborating on a story which might be turned into an animated short later on. The story is based on Jae's movable clothing store. Jae's fashion brand Ugly Original is the ugly original and not a beautiful imitation.

This summer, Jae built a tricycle store to showcase his new collection at different places in Brooklyn.

At the opening the reactions of people passing was mixed. Most of them didn't even notice the bike store.

But after a while some curious Europeans started turning heads asking Jae questions.

October 25, 2010 - No Comments!

Shooting the last detail

We've managed to shoot the last missing detail for my short film before I'm taking off to New York. Stian Eriksen was so kind and offered to build the miniature plane. I've painted it in bright colors to set a contrast to the landscape.

Today, Stian, Øystein and I shot the plane in front of a green screen.

At first we tried hanging the plane on some silk threads but we soon switched to using the green wooden sticks that I had painted beforehand.

The shot of the plane will soon be combined with the miniature landscape.

September 16, 2010 - No Comments!

Shoot completed!

I'm very excited since we've finally completed the shoot! First and foremost, a BIG THANK YOU to Øystein and Stian for their amazing help with cinematography and camera. 12.5 days of shoot spread over June to September for a short film of 10 - 15 min. CRAZY!

We had to re-create a lot of difficult scenes with fake walls, props and miniatures instead of just shooting real rooms and landscapes. Nevertheless, I think the time we've all invested will pay off in the end. The final short film will have a unique visual language.

We're at a point in production where we have at least temporarily exhausted all the budget. We've been feeling this fact during the last two and a half days when shooting the remaining miniatures.

We came up with some interesting set-ups in order to create the desired framing of miniatures and background objects.

A floating mountain.

At first, we considered renting a video mixer to have live view for lining up the miniature shots with the life action shots. For budget reasons, we came up with a different (not necessarily easier) solution. We captured the miniature footage with the RED camera and overlaid/keyed the previously shot footage with the miniature shots in final cut until we got the angles to match up.

No, the film is NOT about zombies.

Stian and Øystein adjusting the focus.

It's amazing to see that miniatures built in a scale of 1:6 look pretty realistic in the final picture.

The final image on the monitor. Angle and position are adjusted according to where the actor is going to be placed in post production.

The miniature seen from the other side. I removed some of the walls and attached others.

Of course there were some pretty tricky bits that had to be figured out. Such as the animation of the door opening and the shadow man sliding into the door frame.

Behind the scene.

The coming weeks will be all about post production. Walls need to be extended, miniature shots need to be combined with life action shots, sky needs to be animated, effects like snow, smoke, or ice need to be added, and and and. The list seems endless.

September 1, 2010 - No Comments!

Miniature Shoot – Part One

The last two days I've been shooting the most tricky exterior miniature scenes for my short film together with Øystein Moe from Helmet and Stian Eriksen.

The place we've been shooting at as seen from the outside, an old petrol station that's been converted into a studio.

Due to budget limitations we spent the first day finding a solution for how to do the camera movement from the house on the island out into the sea past the icebergs. Øystein and Stian set up the dolly  with the Red camera hanging on it. At the end of the day we all had to admit that it was impossible to get a steady movement with the 15 kg heavy RED camera dangling forth and back.

The following morning they arrived with a good solution. We used a dolly with a crane on which we fixed the RED camera upside down.

This proofed to be a great solution since at last we were able to do a smooth tilt movement from the house on the hill down into the sea past the icebergs.

Øystein and Stian created lighting that ranged from bright morning light to overcast sky to snowstorm to moonlit night to stormy night. Also, we had one shot in which we captured a time-lapse from night to day.

Me placing the moon.

Sometimes we had to cheat a little in order to achieve my vision. In the shot below, for example, we had to place the island lower than the sea in order to get the right angle for making the icebergs appear more epic.

In post production, I'll be digitally painting and animating snowflakes and textures as well as adding footage of sky, mist and clouds. Also, I'll be blurring parts of the footage according to weather conditions in each shot. In mid September we'll finally be shooting the last part, the remaining exterior shots and the interior miniatures. In the meantime, I'll be continuing with editing and post production.