I finished this film today, but  it was really hard to match the lighting from today to the shots from yesterday because it is brighter today. I covered the windows as best as I could but it was still very light.

I loved working on this one because I loved the song and I really tried to capture the mood of the song. I hope it seems that way for everyone who views it too.

I have had some musicians express interest in working together on some videos. I am struggling with whether or not to do that. It seems like it could be a good thing, but at the same time, I think I might just like being in my own videos. Too bad I can't make music :(


Gasoline Preview

I worked on a new film tonight. I am going to finish the last one I did to the song Goodbye, but I decided to try to work on that one during the day because of lighting. I filmed that one with some natural light so I thought it might be better to film consistently in the day for that one.

Tonight I started a new project to the song, Gasoline by Halsey. I am thinking about doing movement to this entire song, but I am having some issue with not having enough space to work. It would be so awesome if I just had a studio.


New Years Eve

I worked on this film today. I was experimenting with color more.

I think I am getting better at using my new camera and I have a system down now so it is all flowing faster. I am not sure if I will finish this short film or not.

I am excited to celebrate tonight!

Happy New Years Eve!

The Waitress

I recently purchased a new camera. I had a really nice Nikon but it was huge and hard to deal with. I decided that because I enjoyed filming with my cell phone so much I might like to have a smaller and lighter camera. I purchased the Nikon D5300. It has a selfie screen too! While I am not necessarily using it for selfies, it is helpful when I am filming myself in the short films I have been making. Even when I am pretty far from the camera, it is easier to know what the composition of my shot will be.

I film all of my short films in stop motion. This is time consuming but it is also kind of magical. The only thing I can think to compare it to is developing film in a dark room. In a dark room, you have an idea and vision but you could never be 100% certain about how it would turn out. The outcome is always so exciting. That is what stop motion is like for me.

When I made this film, I wanted to explore knife tricks in stop motion. I am trying to use more of my animation knowledge to do film tricks and less prancing around and looking pretty. Maybe I will do both, who knows?

I have been making stop motion films to popular music. At first I used mostly pop songs or songs with a good beat because it worked best with the stop motion style. As I get better, I am able to use most any song I want because I can make the stop motion more fluid. I challenge myself to tell a story. Sometimes I pick a song with a really great narrative, not just because I love the song.

I'm pretty sure that some of my friends might think I am crazy for making these videos but I have to start somewhere and work with what I have available before I can make bigger and better films. That is the reality. I'd rather make weird low budget films than not be making them at all.