Bobby Pinwheel Stop Motion Blog

This blog will document the making of the stop motion film Bobby Pinwheel.

5-16-2020 – Using a rig

4-27-2020 – The Importance of tying your characters down!

Adding a character and securing them.
Drilled holes for black wire.
Underneath the animation table. Once secured I just twist until tight!
Character on the right is now tied down and steady!

4-27-2020 Stop Motion Tip of the day. Tying down the standing characters. If you don’t tie down your standing characters they will fall over or move slightly. Slight movements won’t be noticeable until you play the footage back or are editing. You’ll see characters moving about in a jerky manner and you will spend the next hour cursing. It’s a pain in the ass but you have to do it (unless you are using a character with a wide base).

3-24-20 The gangs all here! A couple minor items to fix and animating begins this week! Bobby Pinwheel The Movie!

3-20-2020 Getting characters organized and making sure mouths are easily available when animating. Close to starting but had a few hands that broke. Hopefully animation starts this weekend if New York isn’t quarantined.

3-1-2020 Hand painted birthday banner and presents as we continue to add small touches to our set. Next up balloons and maybe some streamers. We are aiming to begin animating in mid March.

3-1-2020 Creating birthday cards to add some depth to the scene. These are cards I received when I was a little boy that I scanned and shrunk down to size.

2-19-2020 Bobby Pinwheel basic set. We are using a 2 X 4 DIY wooden animation stand on legs. We created three removable walls and wallpapered the base to give it a psychedelic look.

The removable walls are foam board painted or wallpapered and are clamped down to the set. They can be removed for a variety of camera angles. This is the basic bones of our groovy 70’s style set. It’s a birthday party scene so we will be adding additional decorations.

Stop Motion Basic Set Up

2-19-20 Our basic set up. For our Bobby Pinwheel film we are using a basic three point lighting set up. We’ll be playing with different color bulbs and gels but this is our basic set up. We want high key lighting to give the illusion of a bright and breezy comedy.

We are using a Panasonic GH4 with a BlackMagic monitor shooting the entire scene in 4K video while simultaneously shooting the wall and characters to the left with a Panasonic GH3 in medium shot. I use a ton of liquids so I shoot video and pull frames for the animation. Did the testing and the footage matches up well enough. Studio space is about 95 square feet rented in Bushwick, Brooklyn for $385.00 a month.

2-18-2020 The layout of our storyboards with a few pictures of the colors and designs that inspired our look. I storyboard everything but will change my mind and switch up shots on occasion. I use a ton of liquids so it’s important to have a game plan.


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