Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stage Six (Industry Scene)

The Industrial Scene is quite different to the other scenes in the film. The Industrial set is factory based, very messy, with lots of metal bits and pieces. The grey and black tones are a contrast to the vibrant colour in the other sets.

The Industrial set is assembled in a studio and the set is about 6-7 metres long and 1 and a half metres wide. I painted the wall blue for the sky. It's really good having such a big sky, it makes such a difference as to what angles I can get.
The industrial buildings are composed of found objects and various bits, mostly metals and plastics. The set took 2-3 weeks to put together.
I have finished filming the scene and I am happy with how it looks. I experimented in using real time footage for some segments with the 4wd hummer, because it looked natural.

I got at least 2 minutes worth of footage out of approximately 48 hours of filming.
I had trouble at times with the hot weather and I had to put the characters in the freezer to cool off so they didn't melt.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stage five

They've got paint to paint wall.

Teaz character.

Pnash outline.




Stage four

Inner West Penitentiary.

Teaz and Pnash on their way to lock up..

Locked up in cell....

Stage three

Teaz and Pnash run out of paint so they've got to go to the graffiti store 567 King in King St Newtown, Sydney.

Actual location.

Actual Shop. 567 King.

Pictures of Claymation - King St..

The antique shop "Collectable Antiques".

"Foodarama" Cafe.

"Caketown" pastry shop next to 567 King.

"Collectable antiques" shop and cafe with characters and props.

Newtown Goths.

Drawing the visual interpretation from this image.

King St with 567 King in view.

Goths walk past 567 King.

567 King.

At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art Gallery.

Teaz and Pnash.

Inside 567 King.

Teaz and Mik.

Stage two

The next stage was Teazer rolling up the wall.

Doing the fill..


THEN was Pnash


Stage one

The first stage after making the plasticine characters was making the sets. The first sets were the street with the wall and corner shop.

In the image bellow Teaz is on the left in a yellow hoodie, and Pnash is on right wearing a red jumper and blue hat.
Teaz and Pnash are the main characters in the movie.

These are images of the set before Teazer and Pnash painted.

The corner shop was made, modeled on real life corner shop images such as this.

Real life Corner Shop

Corner shop set in Claymation

The street.

The wall.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kaos in King St

Kaos in King St is Lc Beats's latest hip hop/ graffiti CLAYMATION film. 

In Kaos in King St, two graffiti artists are locked up for life after walking out of Newtowns' graffiti shop 567 King loaded with spray cans.

Featuring 3 of Sydney's prominent graffiti artists Teazer, Pnash and Phibs. Check out these examples of their work which have been produced recently:


, and Phibs.

The film is a response to one of the N.S.W. Government's anti-graffiti law's, which enforces  a penalty for any culprit caught in possession of a spray can. One can be accused of intending to commit graffiti vandalism.
 Mick, the owner of Graffiti paint shop 567 King, has shown me  support, as well as Tugi Balog from Graphic Art Mount Framing, who runs 'Mays', the exhibition mural space in Sydney's May Lane at St Peters. 
I also have the support of Aussie spray paint suppliers

The process of the film, is single frame stopmotion. Take a photo move the character then take a photo, and so on..
I use a DV video camera which is connected to a computer to take the still frames.
The stop motion process is a long process but I guess that I've just got the patience.

All the characters are made out of plasticine with interior wire frames. They are around 12- 14 cm in height (4.5-5 inches). It takes me a couple of hours to put together a complete character. The face is the most difficult part, where it is important to pay attention to details. The hands only have four fingers because of proportion issues. I haven't yet experimented with other clays but I would like to, so I can compare the difference in moulding. At the moment I have 20 plasticine characters in the film but there is always room for more.
I haven't explored proper ways of creating movement so that the characters walk naturally, so my characters kind of just waddle side to side, but  I like the way it looks. It gives like a stopmotion feel to it. 
To capture every individual movement involved in a simple walk is very time consuming. I haven't tried to make their lips move when they talk yet, but I'd like to experiment with that in the future.

The sets are mostly made out of foam core (Polystyrene which is sandwiched between thick paper), and a variety of plastics and metals. The trees and foliage are just small model replicas and aquarium seaweed and various bits and pieces.
I use small scale model cars. It's hard to find cars that are the right size in proportion to the characters. The ideal size for a car would be the size of a tissue box. Lucky enough I found several cars of the approximate size. I've got a police car, a pimped out metallic green hummer and three slick cars which all look cool on camera because of the attention to defined details.

In terms of music I an using  to use one of my Beatbox tracks and some beats I've made on my sampler as well as one of my rap tracks . Morganics has allowed me to use his track JungleFunk off his album Hip hop is my passport.

The release for the film will hopefully be at the end of this year.
Keep your eye out for new photos and updates..