Working with the Maker Bot to 3D print an articulated stop-motion puppet. The printer isn’t as precise as I had hoped. Lots of sanding is required to fit the pieces together smoothly. Once this puppet is finished I hope to manipulate the figure with some fracturing and/or repetition. Most likely it will become a glitchy, broken thing.No Comments on Machine Made Object
Another Song About the Sea is finished! Check out the trailer below.
Porto Film Festival, Porto, Portugal, Spain
London Underground Film Festival, London, England
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Nightingale Theater, Chicago, IL
Athens Film Festival, Athens, OH
Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI
West Virginia Mountaineer Film Festival, Morgantown, WV
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
A drop expanded to a dribble. The craft was leaking. Having just shorted out, the telephone line was dead. There’s no communication with the surface. The silent line should be signal enough for the crew to respond to the emergency at hand. A sinking feeling in my stomach told me the sphere was rising … So was the water. At this depth it is 20 minutes to the surface. Looking at my watch, then at the rising water, I quickly answered my most pressing question. Will I drown before I reach the surface? The mathematics suggest a negative outcome.No Comments on The Pressure
Here is a test of the wave system I’ve devised for long shots of the tug Ready upon the sea. The waves are cylinders plastered with spiral ridges. When rotated frame by frame the structures take on a screwy wave-like motion, abstracting yet still describing “the motion of the ocean.” The following animated gif loop is a test without lighting or final paint. The ship also needs its second boom attached so it can lift the bathysphere into the briny sea.No Comments on Rocking on the Waves
A coat of ultramarine blue will camouflage my intrusive incursion into the deep. I will slip in undetected and observe what nature hides from the air breathing world. I will be the first man to reach the depths only dead men have reached.No Comments on Ultramarine Blue
It has come to my attention that my animated Western Red Rider’s Lament is currently ranked as the #2 least popular Western of 2011 thus far. Yay me! My pal Jason H. has the #6 least popular Western, Agnes and Me.No Comments on Lowest of the Low
Jumping into a new project is exciting! I’ll be descending into the deep abysmal sea guided William Beebe and Otis Barton. Together Beebe and Barton descended a half-mile deep into the ocean, breaking all previous human descent records. They did so in a craft build by Barton and dubbed by Beebe, the “Bathysphere” (bathos), “depth” (sphaira), “sphere”. I discovered their amazing exploits through the book “Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss” by Brad Matson.
I am approaching the project from the bottom up. Starting in the deep-end, attempting to recreate the gelatinous, transparent denizens of the deep with inflatables. Plastic sheeting, a half-baked idea and a crimping iron are my current deep sea exhibition equipment. As I haven’t built an inflatable before, there’s obviously going to be a learning curve.
Here’s the first attempt …
Howdy blogger friends! I have let the Red Rider updates fall to the wayside in favor of actually working on it. We had an inspired soundtrack recording session with Josh Dumas, Keith Kusterer, Tom Santiago and Tom McGettrick. Holy crow did they rock! The music propels the animation to a whole new level of life! Here is a teaser mp3 for your auditory delight.
And if that wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, here is a pic I snapped while beating the crud out of our hero in the bar scene.No Comments on Having A Drink
The folks over at DIY Film have posted a lovely little ditty on yours truly. Read about all the scandalous details of my life and work at http://diy-film.com/2010/10/06/filmmaker-profile-animator-jeremy-bessoff/
Remember to head over to High Concept Laboratories on November 5th to see the premiere of “Red Rider’s Lament!”No Comments on DIY-Film Interview