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Paul Adsett
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 - posted March 18, 2017 05:45 PM      Profile for Paul Adsett     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This is the first stop motion animation film I ever did, back in 1958 with a Bolex C8. It took 8 hours to shoot less than a 2 minute film.
As you can see Ray Harryhausen can rest in peace! [Big Grin]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3KkXBR9aNk

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Bill Phelps
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 - posted March 18, 2017 06:13 PM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That was really good! I liked it.

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Michael Lattavo
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 - posted March 18, 2017 07:55 PM      Profile for Michael Lattavo   Email Michael Lattavo   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very cool!

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Bryan Chernick
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 - posted March 18, 2017 11:14 PM      Profile for Bryan Chernick   Email Bryan Chernick   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very creative Paul, thanks for sharing that.

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Steve Klare
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 - posted March 19, 2017 04:31 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I did something very similar my first summer in Super-8 when I was in high school (full disclosure: Paul's is nicer.)

The opening title was written in very light pencil and I filled in in with felt-tip marker a frame at a time. Being a teenager I started filming about midnight. Dad worked nights and showed up about 3AM: "What are you doing?!". He was a 35mm Slide guy: once I explained it to him he was impressed!

My best friend was on crutches that summer (-a bike thing). I had him step one crack forward on the sidewalk and stand straight. I did the same with the camera on the tripod and snapped a frame. On screen he was moving something close to 30 MPH.

-what's sad is after I got married it got lost in the move between my parents' house and ours. I haven't seen it in easily 25 years.

(You don't have to be a great filmmaker to have a lost film!)

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Greg Perry
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 - posted March 19, 2017 08:17 PM      Profile for Greg Perry   Email Greg Perry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Paul,

Fun to watch, and truly amazing that you still had the film this many years later!

We await the sequel...."Only A Dream II".... [Smile]

Kind Regards,
Greg

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Paul Adsett
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Steve, there was a guy in Canada by the name of Norman McLaren who literally scratched animation, frame by frame, directly onto black 35mm film with a pointed needle.
Thanks everybody for the nice comments on my little film, which was made when I was still in High school. And in response to Greg's comment, the film is as good today as the day it was shot.
I doubt very much that the digital copy will last anywhere that long.

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Barry Fritz
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 - posted March 20, 2017 06:17 PM      Profile for Barry Fritz   Email Barry Fritz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The invisible man! Nice job Paul! I've always marveled at the patience of people that do that.

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John Richard Almond
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excellent.

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted March 21, 2017 11:52 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I LOVE YOU, PAUL!!

So incredibly charming! I wish i still had a few of the stop motion things I did years ago, but they have become lost over time. Thanks for sharing.

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