"The House of Seville". Animation.
Four of us animating over 2008-2011, with a lot of other help - thanks everyone! -
have made this 17min 40sec movie that we are now entering into film festivals.
Rules there mean that we cannot show the movie online until its festival run is
over. You can however see this trailer plus some
clips which go with our making-of articles.
Beginnings - Finding and sharing what works best
Reusable Elements - In search of a quietly normal walk - Includes resource download
Art vs Logic - The strange story of Ambient Flick
Discovering MOCAP - We love the Carnegie Mellon University Graphics Lab MOCAP Database - Includes resource download
When the equinox coincides with a solar eclipse,
there is magic empowering ghosts to cross to the opposite side of the Earth. The
Ghost of Carmen leaves her usual haunt of Seville, Spain to descend on
Henderson, New Zealand for a night of grandly operatic horror and mayhem as she
manipulates the people there into reenacting her own dramatic violent death.
Logical and sensible businesswoman Victoria drives through Henderson playing
“Carmen” on her car stereo and runs out of petrol. Her cellphone is out of
credit. Boutique shopping center “The House of Seville” has its lights ablaze
and looks welcoming. Don't go there, Victoria!
"DAZ/Poser” artwork software offers some interesting movie-making alternatives and possibilities
eg operating like a virtual puppet theatre. We explore and develop these by taking on the challenge
of animating a drama with recognisably human characters in a contemporary setting.
There is a low budget animation convention of sticking to fantastic, grotesque or caricature design
to avoid audience expectations of big budget production values. “Rules are made to be broken”
and this is one “rule” that I want to break. I am into the democratisation revolution happening
in film-making and I want to see all expressive territories open for low-budget indies to make
alternative cinema. For me, the best way of opening up the territory occupied by “Beowulf”, “Avatar”
and “Tintin” is to dive in there and find out what happens. In that sense you can watch
“The House of Seville” as an early despatch from that front line of the revolution. We report back
that this is looking good as a workable addition to the indie toolkit. The core group of 4 of us
animating have clocked up about 1000 hours over 3 and a half years to make about 1000 seconds of movie.
Other iafilm websites....
Informal diary of ideas, events, film projects as they happen.
iafilm on YouTube
Clips made or selected for the YouTube environment.
- Now published at USD 1.99 on "Amazon Kindle"
ASKAR Pages - Reviews, Backgrounders, Film Test Scenes
Bronwyn Calder completes her fantasy epic novel ASKAR, 20 years after she started it.
ASKAR preview - Read some of "Askar" and search inside with Google Book Search.
MOCAP downloads and new video examples
- we love the Carnegie Mellon University Motion Capture Database. See how we are putting CMU MOCAP to work in a
short movie aimed at competing in film festivals. Downloads of our CMU selections with conversions to Carrara NLA format and mods.
Askar ebook now published.
- Student animation from MITCIT course MA500 is a parody of medical dramas.
The Dragons of Earth
- Our "Doctor Who" fanfilm animated 5-min epic is now on Youtube (external link).
Success for "How Europe Got Its Name"
- short film selected for the New Beijing International Film Week
- Film-making with "poseable" 3D Artwork. An Applied Research project of the Manukau
Institute of Technology.
"Dancing with the Pollies"
Our modelling clay animated short made as part of the 48 Hours Furious Film-making competition.
AVI Disaster Recovery
Case study of how John rescued a video file from a memory card after a camera system crash.
JANUARY 2007 - IAFILM spreads its web.
Now that "blogger" provides on the fly logging so well, let's try it out for running
an iafilm Blog
YouTube offers an interesting hosting environment with the potential to reach a
large audience and interact with them by videos becoming discussion starters and
even the method of dialogue in discussions. A mostly non-commercial environment
but good promotional opportunities. iafilm on YouTube
is now up and running. Some of the
clips there are recently-made "quickies" in a quirky-alternative-reportage style
which we have made especially to go on YouTube. We are into scoring higher
viewing figures so we can point to them when going for funding for future-planned
bigger ambitious iafilm movies. The best score so far is 205 views for "Raurimu
Spiral" but the recently-added "The cheekygirl10 Guide to Len Lye" is growing fast
and we have high hopes for it to do well.
What's Up with Film Digitisation?
John Calder experiments with Super-8mm and "simulated 16mm" (via a 35mm still camera)
to report on methods for archiving the Iafilm film legacy.
Which leads to a big question does it make sense to shoot our new projects on Super-8
? UPDATE: June 2007 after the experience of making a new Super-8 Film
- in most cases "no". Super-8 can give excellent results when using fine-grain
black and white film, and otherwise has a grainy "look" which may be effective for
the odd shot, but for general use we now want to move on and get into HDV.
The Case of Bodil de Resny
What we did in the "48 Hours" Film-making
2 more results posted from John Calder's ongoing project to digitise films from
"The Golden Age of Super-8"
Amandla! (Excerpt)(1982) Documentary which focusses on the
protestors involved in the NZ All Blacks vs South Africa Springboks Rugby tour
EEL-UP(1992) "The Wheels of Trade are turned by the EELS" in
this homage piece made in loving imitation of Len Lye's "Trade
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