Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Director's Log: Pranksta's Next Phase

Team Pranksta is alive and well, and shooting animation in New York City!

Supervising Animator Matt Manning at work
Carl and Supervising Animator Matt Manning completed a 2-week production marathon. The only breather they're taking is to remodel sets and puppets for the next phase of the production. Goes without saying that there's a lot of motion in stop motion, on the scenes and behind!  Carl tells us exactly how it's going down in his director's log:

After two weeks of a very intense stop motion animation production, supervising animator Matt Manning, returns to LA where a new stop motion animation film project awaits him. During his stay in New York, Matt completed over two and a half minutes of animation (single-handedly) and supervised our guest animator, Zack Williams over a very long weekend. Collectively they produced over three minutes of awesome animation.

“The very best thing about producing an independent animated film project”, says director Carl Paolino, “is the freedom that comes when creating the story and the execution of the characters. There are no network rules to follow so the production becomes a director's dream. The only limits are our imaginations. And if there is one thing this production has bags of, is imagination.”

As the production team head into their first hiatus, they will be all but complacent. Old puppets will be fixed and new ones will be cast in silicone. Old sets will be broken down and new sets will be assembled and lit by our DP, Ed Pagan. The editing process will begin as well, starting with a careful look at camera direction (in the event an additional shot is needed to smooth out a sequence, this way we will know it before shooting is wrapped).