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Pre-Production

Click on one of the above pics for more information on the various models created for Real 10.

Construction

The green screen sets were made from normal MDF and painted with the brightest green paint I could find. They still needed to be lit with one 150W and two 500W security lights in order to appear bright enough on camera for the chroma key to work.

I also created a green turntable as I wanted to include some camera moves on certain shots. It seemed simpler to move the models on a turntable than attempt to move the camera accurately frame by frame.

Concept

The concept for the film is that it is a piece of old 16mm film which has lain in a vault for years and has just been discovered. Thus there is considerable film noise and imperfections deliberately included within the film.

This was done for a few reasons. Firstly the film was produced on a desktop computer with virtually no budget so the quality that I was able to achieve was not that high. I also hoped the old fim look would hide and help explain away some of the jerkiness of the stop motion animation.

I also quite like the look and it allowed me to include several interesting touches, including flash frames and transitions into film noise.

Story

I didn't actually start out with the intention of making a Stop Motion Animation film. The initial story idea was to make a live action short about a modern day dragon hunter. I had intended to augment the live action footage with digital set extentions.

I also wanted to show a dragon flying past overhead. I don't have any 3D modelling software, or for that matter the skills to create a CGI dragon. As I considered how I'd animate the dragon I started thinking about using Stop Motion Asnimation. I'm a big science fiction fan and I knew how the technique worked from reading about Star Wars and Industrial Light and Magic.

By shooting green screen I figured I'd be able to make things easier for myself by removing support rods and rigs in post. As a model maker I prefer to do things for real wherever possible, so Stop Motion seemed the perfect technique for me: it allowed me to create models, animate them and augment the footage with some computer graphics. I also enjoy editing, so the project had everything I needed.

The one thing I'm less interested in is actually filming and producing. Because of this, the more I thought about Stop Motion animation, the more attractive it seemed. If I could film it all from a table top I wouldn't need to bother with going out on location or using actors.

The idea began to evolve after that point and finally arrived at the finished film which bears almost no resemblance to the original project idea!