Monday, October 02, 2006

Georgie & Company, Part 3

Continuing with the "Behind-the-scenes-after-the-fact" thread, today's post will focus on some of the supporting players of GEORGIE'S WISH to show just how deep Red Hatchet's motto of "Recycle Everything" actually goes...

Granted, it's not the first time I've heard my better half utter these words, but his little stop-motion counterpart never had pants to begin with. Several months ago I was set to do a stop-motion intro for FOR THE BOYS, boyfriend extraordinnaire Gary Green's hilariously politically-incorrect talk show, but other projects came up and it was never filmed. He'd been sitting around the house in his half-finished state since then (mini-Gary, not real-Gary), making a brief cameo as a homeless alcoholic (no foreshadowing intended) in the PUNDING video, and now serving as the driver of the SUV that almost runs Grandpa over. This meant that mini-Gary got to share screentime with real-Gary's favorite character:

POLLY GWOMBI! Since first appearing in VALLEY OF GWOMBI, Episodes 1 & 2, Polly has waited patiently in the fridge with the other Gwombis, anticipating some future day when they would once again bring joy and laughter into the world. Several sharp-eyed scouts recognized Polly, even with her slightly different hair styling. This is a good example of one of my earliest attempts at making stop-mo puppets...the construction is mostly clay with too little supporting wire and some sculpey for solid sections like the head and those barge-like feet (to keep her from falling over).

Lining up the actual shot (which is less than 1 second of screentime) involved cutting the toy SUV apart and lining up the sections around the characters so that it looked like they were riding in the car...a ghastly experience that took about 4 hours to set up and 30 minutes to shoot. Anything for a laugh, though!


Blogger Darkstrider said...

Wow, I love the idea of cutting up the car and just making it look like it's all one piece! That's something I had never considered before, but a great way to do it. Exactly the kind of "outside the box" thinking that's needed in stopmotion, where all that matters in the end is what shows up on camera... all illusions.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Michael Granberry said...

"What's not onscreen doesn't exist" as they say. In the car sequence you never see the whole car because there IS no whole car. Just bits combined with sound and lighting to hopefully trick you into thinking you see a car!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Ubatuber said...

Great job with the car, I'm lovin' the new posts, keep it up!!

Hey, have a great time this weekend in Portland at the Lovecraft fest, and think of all of us stuck at home :)

11:01 AM  
Blogger Michael Granberry said...

Thanks, Jeff! I know the folks at the Lovecraft Fest are gonna flip over Jenny when they see her...

7:19 PM  

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