I went to B.L.X on 24th July to learn how to do a better job at green screen. Steve and Mitch from MRL Media explained all about the equipment and how to light the screen and the subject.
It isn’t easy being green
I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about greenscreen including how to get rid of shadows.
The trip to ACMI was the most fun I have had because I haven’t done stop motion before. When we arrived we made plasticine characters using pipe cleaners as the skeleton of the model to give it strength. We had to work in groups of four on our movies to help us finish it faster. Our group’s movie was called “The Super Twins”. We had students from Yuille Park and Wendouree.
The computers we used were Apple Macs with iStopMotion software. We also added music and sound FX to our film.
The process was
- plan our story,
- build the set,
- make the characters
- take 3 photos
- make small moves
- take more photos
- make small moves
- keep going until enough photos have been take for 30 seconds of film
We also visited Screen Worlds at lunchtime. It was really fun to see an old Atari in real life.
Yesterday, Tuesday 29th of July, I went on an excursion to ACMI in Melbourne, to study stop animation. We arrived a bit late to the workshop so I had to rush through the introduction. The main activity at the workshop was to split into groups of four and create a short 30-60 second Claymation film. The first stage was to plan out and storyboard the film…things like what characters and what happens; then we started to create the characters and props to use in the film. It’s worth noting that during one of the lunch breaks we went into Screen World which was just one floor down from the workshop.
One of the plasticine models
After our lunch break we started to animate, (our puppets were a bit challenged when it came to walking.) After the tedious animating of our little project we then moved onto adding the sound, (to me that probably was the easiest part.) After we finished our film we watched each other’s films, then we finished off the day and drove back to school.
If I had a chance to redo this excursion, I would give myself more time to work on the activities.