Once upon a time (few weeks ago...) I had a crazy idea - to make a stop motion animation (without any actual knowledge of how to...). I wanted to make it fast and simple (after all it’s my first, there's no need to be too ambitious). So I made simple dolls (without legs of course), simple script, simple set (some cardboard, paper, duct tape and old wallpaper) and started simple "test shooting" with my cell phone with 2mbpix - yeah, I know. But they went kinda good. Then I started real shooting (also with my cell, so that's why video quality is low, better not watch it on full screen...and don't know why, but vimeo gives me a bit choppy image, hope that it's only on my PC).
Based on my tests I thought it will take me something like 2 to 4 days to finish whole shooting (3-5 hours per day), then few more hours for score and editing... So two out of three went ok - score was written fast and editing took a bit more time than expected (f*ck you windows movie maker!;D), but still it was quick (you can actually see that;)). But shooting... It took me 3x more time than I expected. I did every possible mistake during making it - the first one I made at the very beginning, when I was making dolls, sets etc. Everything was too damn light! Arrghhh! So with one touch or heavier breath, I could destroy whole room (yeah, I was powerfull at the time). My cat wasn't helping either. That’s why things are skipping through the room like kangaroos - once they are closer to other things, once they are far, far, far away from them... Also I didn’t shoot in order. Lesson number one: no more fun making out of movie mistakes.
Then I realised that my "script" has some scenes that are impossible to make with only two hands. How the hell man without legs could get up from chair while I was taking photos? After many trials I scraped that idea (and many more) and created the beautiful radio scene that U can watch now (check out the window in first scene inside room - you can see my room through it hahaha... damn it). Lesson number two: think twice about things you think you can do, be honest with yourself.
Another problem came a while later - why the hell it looks like Bourne movies? My camera/phone was shaking like a lion on arctic, even on a steadycam made out of books and two sided duct tape. Grrrrr! Lesson three: are there tripods for cells?;)
So on, so on, so on…
After all I decided to make it look and sound like an old movie, so low quality of sound is made on purpose (low quality of movie isn't;)). Also the "music" is very illustrative, loud at times and a bit chaotic. I don’t know why, but that’s how I remember very old B class movies (been some time since actually watching one)...
Overall I’m not impressed by final thing (I don’t know what I was expecting though), but it was a good lesson for any future crazy ideas. Oh, and I had a lot of fun during making it (for most the time;))! All comments are welcomed!
Sorry for my english.