but i worked really hard on it. i think animated gifs are a very interesting form of artwork. ive become interested in stop motion sequences after learning about them in a computer arts class i took. i think what i find intriguing is the fact that you use real time events(still photos) to create something fictitious. i tend to use reflections in a lot of my works(had a solo exhibition on the subject) so i thought this might be an interesting animation.
id like to know what people think of it, as well as their opinions on animated gifs as an art form...
*oh, and if anyone has any animated gifs they created...post them! id love to see whats out there...
its actually a very simple process, but precision is very important for it to look rite (use tripod). i just take a series of photographs at each change of movement...the more photos you take the cleaner the movement in the animation, i didnt take very many for this one. then you just drag them into a project that creates animations. i use macromedia fireworks b/c im used to it, but you can use flash or image ready(in PS), and probably some others. you set the time in between the frames, and export as an ainimated gif!Originally Posted by Infinitum
How did you create the effect of walking through the mirror.
haha there lies the skills .
just a lot of work in photoshop and thinking ahead of time of how my body should move through it.
Last edited by bluegoddess16; August 16th, 2005 at 03:44 PM.
I really Like the effect. Must have taken quite alot of thought to create.
that was extremely cool.
Maybe if you have time to take more photos you can smooth the animation.... give it some good flow with easing in and out...
i have to say,
that is quite cool.
- Dan Dos Santos
Hee that is neat! I would have loved to see the reflection on the mirror as you go through it, but still, it's really nice Must have taken you a while to cut yourself out in some of those frames inside the mirror. One crit - there are some pixels on top that can be cropped out.
Very cool concept! And I agree that Alti's idea would be a great next step to take. You could make a whole series that involves mirrors with different unique twists and so forth. Again very cool and please show more!!
That's trippin' lol. I watched the cycle 20 times before I figured out what happend. I think the step into the mirror is very well done.
Interesting! I like the loop you've got goin'! Great stuff! Got more?
J. Christopher Schmidt
Comic Book Artist / Illustrator
one suggestion: edit out the tag on the back of your skirt entirely or move it to the right side as you walk away from the mirror.
Originally Posted by glikster
yeah...the prob with stop motion is its sort of like performance art..its time based. its is very VERY difficult to get the exact same camera frame after leaving the set. and if things dont line up, it looks sloppy. so its best to do a million frames in one session to have plenty to choose from. the other prob is the more frames you have, the bigger the file, and the harder it is to view correctly online.
ya know, after i made it, i totally thought about me actually walking out the door into the mirror world! ill definitely expand this idea further (esp. since its getting a lot of positive feedback ) i just like the idea of it coming back to the starting pt. and looping forever. its like an escher painting!Originally Posted by alti
ah someone noticed. well here is a perfect example of what i stated above! i had thought i took at the shots i needed and removed the camera. after trying to go back i found out things werent lined up perfectly and i had to shift the image down on some frames. by doing so, the tops didnt line up, and you could see white at the top. yes, this is laziness on my part. i could have gone to every single frame and cloned in some of the top, but its was getting to be like 4am and i thought just a fill of a color shade up there would suffice. bad heather, bad...Originally Posted by AngryScientist
Originally Posted by bwkeough
WHOA i didnt even notice the tag moves the the reflections side. thats distractng...i will move it. thanks!
AND BY POPULAR DEMAND.... my first stop motion, The Juggler!!
(soon to come: a flying piece and maybe a swimming underwater with the fishes sequence, hahaha. come on everyone, join in! its so fun)
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I really dig the first one, a really cool idea. If I was to crit it on an animation standard, both peices could use a little bit more exaggeration. With the first one, its like you walked through that mirror like you do it every day. A crazy dive through the mirror or some slow down and stopping to show your curiosity. I do like how you have it looped as an endless cycle, you never really leave the mirror or you are constantly going through a new one. I am curious to know how you did some of it. The second animation, you don't really look like your juggling, your arms could move higher. I am a fan of stop motion, I am glad you did these. It's a shame it is a dead form.
i like it some animated gifs are sometime refreshing the mirror one is nicely done.
but how do you manage to take a photography if youre not near the camera?
Wtf I thought you were going to strip in front of the mirror...what a let down!
Okay, Okay i can't stay mad at you...you can make it up to me by making a new gif where you strip
-Call me Semaj for short.
Originally Posted by Smitherines
you made some very good observations...a dive would be awesome but a bit tricky to photograph maybe i should have at least looked surprised or curious once i went inside, like looking off to the sides or putting my hands on my face with my mouth open. haha. and the juggler...yeah, it was my first one and given i dont even know how to juggle i had a hard time knowing where to put my arms! like with anything, though, im just get better with my practice at it.
i wish there were more stop motions out there too
Originally Posted by lexdan90
the beauty of a tripod and a remote control. i never need help with my photo pieces
I think you should change the title of this thread to "I know this is really freakin' cool!" Slick job, dispite the small discrepancies.
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Cool! I really like the mirror one
More , more!
I really like them! Not often do you see these on the boards.
Very cool, you could easily eat up a lot of time doing these.
BTW, who said stop motion animation was a dead artform? Not according to Danny Elfman. He's still making movies using it- do a Google for Corpse Bride and see what's coming up soon!
not sure if its the same person, but we saw this extremely involved stop motion movie in my digital art class about two neighbors who were fighting over some flower directly between their property lines. its was silly...but amazing. some people have really gotta the process down well. though i enjoy making small, short ones that are easily viewable in a browser..gives it a more open audience.Originally Posted by Eclectix
I really enjoyed these little .gifs. nice work.
update: i fixed the tag to be on the proper side and cropped the top so that block of color is gone.