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Dropped Frames

These won't be the point-the-camera-at-your-face-and-rant type of blogs. They will be short films that I've made or clips from longer ones, some experimental stuff and maybe even some converted super8 stuff if I can get it transfered (talk about archive, some of this stuff is 39 years old!).

Sunday, July 17, 2005


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OK, here's something my daughter Angie and I made this afternoon. A quicky animation. I told her "I can make you fly. Do you want to?" Angie, who's five said "Sure". We had fun shooting it and then editing it (I did the editing, but explained to her what I was doing).

This is a crude variation of some things I did years ago. Did I say years? I meant decades ago. On Super8. With a half dozen "pilots". I hope to someday soon get that stuff digitized and online. Since I'm here in Mexico and the film is in Rhode Island, it will take some time.

Video iPod friendly file


At 2:44 PM CDT, Blogger Enric said...

Cool, how did you do the levitation?

At 8:25 PM CDT, Blogger Jack Nelson said...

Well it's just basically stop frame animation, but done with modern tools. I did this sort of things decades ago with a super8 camera and a shutter release. I'd shout "jump, jump, jump" and try to catch the jumpers at the peak of their jump. I did it with up to 6 jumpers at one time.

With this clip Angie and I jump across the frame as the camera was rolling. Then in Final Cut I'd cut out the frames where she or I were touching the ground.

The first pass she makes I took just one frame or two from the peak of each jump. After that I took all of the frames where we weren't touching the ground (that's why we jerk across the screen). With practice and a little choreography you can do some amazing stuff.

At 12:21 PM CDT, Anonymous Juan said...

Beautiful... Magical...
The music is perfect...
The way you guys fly is pretty neat!

At 5:19 PM CDT, Blogger Jack Nelson said...

Thanks. My daughter Helena picked the music (Beethoven, Fer Elise)

At 4:55 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear friend, got to your site from juan and ximena's site. And glad I did. Not that I don't enjoy the point-cam-on-face-and-start-spouting, but film has been an interest of mine. I loved this first video I've seen of yours-- nice effect and nice choice of music. Keep it up. You've gotten a new subscriber. B

At 9:17 AM CDT, Blogger Jack Nelson said...

Thanks B. I like the ranting/spouting vlogs too, but have always dabbled in film/video.


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