Saturday, 8 June 2013

In the beginning

The Hunter of Dunoon

This blog will follow the making of an animated film called 'The Hunter of Dunoon'.  The story is taken from the soundtrack which is a recording of my late father, Tim Norfolk, reading his own poem of the same title.

This is my first attempt at animation and will be a serious learning process for me. No doubt this blog will chronicle many mistakes and pitfalls along the way to the final result. It is also my first attempt at writing a blog so we'll see how that pans out as well.

Brief Encounter

This short animation started out as a test of my home built motion control rig and it's control from Dragonframe animation software (more on this later).
It ended up as a full blown love story! My first animated film.

Click here to see 'Brief Encounter' at Vimeo

First Sculpture

I had though I'd need someone else to sculpt the heads of the puppets but thought I'd have a go myself first. After finding a really good on-line tutorial  at the 'Doll Maker's Dream' website describing how to make doll's heads from clay I set about following the instructions using Plasticine.

I was amazed at how easily the following chap fell out of the clay!

Not the most handsome face you'll ever see but good enough to convince me that a bit more practice might be well worth the effort.

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