Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Factory Dogs Teaser Trailer has launched!!!

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in blogging, I've been busy launching the Trailer on YouTube etc.

Yes!!! Factory Dogs Teaser Trailer is finally live!!! Please take a look and help promote it any way you can, via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwghTArCEPM

So what's next??? I'm rounding up the cast ready for a script read through. My Script Editor (Donna Metcalfe) and I, have been busy re-writing the script. 6 re-drafts later and we are ready for the cast to have a go.

I will post after the event and may even have a video to show you.

Keep posting and promoting for me

Bye for now

Pete

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Factory Dogs makeover and Chapman Entertainment visit

Hi guys, thought I should mention the latest with Factory Dogs and what I have been up to.



Factory Dogs are going through a bit of a makeover. As I am now in pre-production for the full film I need to look at the big picture... Its going to take at least a year of filming to produce the film and the puppets used for the trailer will not last. Also with the film being shot in 3D I want everything to have a nice shine to it.


Pictures will come soon!!!

I was very grateful to be invited to Chapman Entertainment to view their studio and show the guys "Factory Dogs - Teaser Trailer" I received some great feedback from them all and also a lot of tips and advice on things to look at for the full film.



I got to see last weeks rushes of their new pre-school animation series "Rah Rah the noisy Lion" The characters are a lively bunch and the animation is second to none.

The visit was a great success and I thank Chapman for their hospitality

Next for Factory Dogs...

I am making up a new Frederick that will be more agile and last for a full shoot. Expect pictures very soon. Also I will do some extensive 3D tests with him to check my calculations are correct. All very exciting and plenty more to come.

That's all for now, keep checking my posts for more updates

Pete

Monday, 26 July 2010

Animating the trailer

Hi everyone

I thought I should show you how I got on with animating the teaser trailer for "Factory Dogs"

It was a 10 week filming period, animating on a good day around 2-3 seconds.

This is a production shot from the opening scene in the trailer.
It was a fun shot to shoot as I had to change focus from Dermot in the foreground to Big Dean in the background. As you can see the wall was a print photographed at a carpet factory. Quite fitting as my production is "Factory Dogs"

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This is the keypad used to speed up the animation process. the shortcuts for Stop Motion Pro 7 are added to the pad. I then add my designed icons to make it easier to remember which buttons to press. Its also a wireless mouse so I can move it anywhere and not need to go back and forth to my computer.


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Stop Motion Pro has become an integral part to my filming. With added features like "Rig removal" in Studio 7. I am able to make any character or object fly and just rub out the rig in post production right from SMP. I can then export the movie with or without the rig. Visit their site for more details http://www.stopmotionpro.com/
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This is a production shot of me animating Norman filing his nails. Quite a tricky shot as the camera was being moved from left to right on a dolly, Being moved very slightly for every shot.
In the background you might just be able to make out a tiny bit of the storyboard. This is the blueprint before I start animating and shows me exactly what I am trying to achieve in the shot.
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Thanks for tuning in. I will post many more production pictures and maybe a few videos in my next post. Hope you found it interesting and please sign up to Factory Dogs website
Bye for now
Pete

Friday, 23 July 2010

News Feed - Animateclay.com

Thanks to Marc Spess I have been given a lovely news feed on his Animation site. www.animateclay.com

I would like to thank everyone who has commented on the newsfeed. It makes me feel like i'm doing something right

Pete

Monday, 15 March 2010

Factory Dogs - Teaser trailer

Ok, so here is an update on Factory Dogs, I am in full production of the teaser trailer.

This is purely to get the characters out there and make people aware that there is a new stop motion film on its way.

Last week I managed to film 5 shots of the trailer. There are 22 shots in all so I have a way to go yet.


This is the animatic for one of the shots I have filmed. It's 2 seconds long and required a lot of dialogue to work out and animate.

The shot is a replica from a scene in Reservoir Dogs. I am making
a comedy reference to the film.

The dogs are arguing about what colour they are being named.

Below is the finished shot animated with dialogue.

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I act out the shot before animating it so I can use it as a reference. Below you will see me acting out the video reference for Bernards walk and next to it, the animated video of the same shot.

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More pictures and videos will be coming quick and fast so keep checking back to this blog

Pete Ellis

Scope Animation