How To Build a Highly Professional Panning Device for Stop Frame Animation
Film still from the Underworld.
Often I have a certain idea for an animation, but I don’t think too much how it could be done at first. It was the same with some of the scenes for my Orpheus film project: I want to do some fancy camera movements for my oncoming animated short, but I don’t own a professional equipment to create those movements easily.
So I just built an animation panning device from my old-school animation stand, a miter-box, a lot of gaffer tape and also a lot of cable straps today. (Everything is held in place by loads of gaffer tape and cable straps.)
It looks crappy, but it works:
The “back-bone” of the animation stand serves as a guide for the cameras. It has scales printed on its surface which make it easy to animate fluidly. Both cameras are taped to a miter-box that is used as a slide. Altogether it’s a bit shaky, but I can control the animation through the life feed within the software.
My highly professional panning in animation setup. There’s a larger version of this image on my flickr photostream.
– Highly professional, as I said!
I use two cameras here: I take the high res pictures with my digital DSLR, a Pentax ist DL2 which (sadly) hasn’t a video life feed. To control the movements and to rearrange things (if necessary), I use my Panasonic NV GS-90, a simply digital camcorder that is connected to the computer.
Okay, I admit: It’s not a bit professional. It’s all pretty semi-professional, probably.
Whatever professional means…
I think, it is okay so far because it’s working, but perhaps you have another low-budget idea?
Thanks for sharing!