Monday, January 6, 2014

The Lovecraft Alphabet: The Finished Film


So, here it finally is. I started working on this in April 2013, and finally finished it 5 January 2014. It's still far from perfect, but it's the best I could do at this point in time. And I'm quite happy with it.


What for 2014, then? Well, my aim has always been to be very productive, but I rarely live up to that ambition. Trying to juggle a day job with various illustration assignments, and my film and animation interest doesn't really pan out. At least it hasn't yet. For the last year I have gradually upgraded my technological assets, as far as my economy has allowed it. For example, I now have a Nikon that allows me to shoot in slow-mo (sort-of), animate in HD, and create greenscreen shots with clearer image quality. Things like that actually make a big difference, as it allows me to work faster when editing.

Anyways, I hope you'll keep visiting my Blog, and find stuff here to inspire or provoke you into getting creative yourself. Happy 2014, everyone!

8 comments:

Shelley Noble said...

Richard! WoW! Just amazing! I went especially wild over "M" (1:07)and how the stop mo interacted wit the 2.5D cutout fellow. That really got me going. And of course the setting you made for "Zed". Magically storybook.

Congratulations on this enormous work well achieved!

Richard Svensson said...

Hi Shelley, and thanks! :)
I sort-of used this project to increase my learning curve, and I did learn new tricks from it.
Andreas (the Mi-Go guy) just sat in front of my green screen, and tried to move as little as possible. The fact that he seems to react to what's happening around him -his eyes looking up as the top of his head is flicked open, etc- was just a happy accident. I placed his head on the body of a guy from a vintage family photo.

Michael Futreal said...

This is a great accomplishment, Richard! Congratulations!

You should consider cross posting over on Vimeo -- there seems to be a pretty big and appreciative audience over there for stop motion...

Richard Svensson said...

Yes! I will start a Vimeo account this year, as well as probably one at Metacafé. The overall quality of YouTube's service and video uploading is just declining. Also, if something should happen to my YouTube account I'd like to have another channel for my work on the web.
And, of course, Vimeo vids do look the best.

Hellbilly said...

Great work. Thank you so much for sharing! As a life-long Lovecraft-phile and digital artist, I'm biting my fist with envy and joy.

Richard Svensson said...

Thanks you! I'm guessing Lovecraft has more fans out there than one might think. He hasn't recieved much true love from Hollywood, though. I think it's up to us "independents" or "amateurs" to try and do him justice. Have you done something along those lines yourself?

McTodd said...

That is fandabbydozy! I have just tweeted about it so hopefully you'll get some more viewers... BTW, did you get my email a while ago?

Richard Svensson said...

I just found your email from the 8th! the gmail is not on my side..