Tales From The Cave
The second Studio Monday went by, and it was a great day again. – It’s simply amazing to have several hours in a row to work on stuff like my Orpheus film project, and it’s great to have some creative companionship, too.
Today’s visitor was my friend Leo who is a mathematician but who also is a very good photographer. He shot various pictures of my studio, of my so far finished sets, and of me working on the cave setting that is the entry to the Underworld. All the photos of this post are shot by Leo, who has been a great help regarding a lot of technical questions today.
We also tested some lighting setups in front of the camera, and added the background for the cave scene. Here some of his test shots:
Leo helped me to set up the lighting and did some test shots of the atmosphere. – The second one is my absolute favorite!
I thought it would be nice to have some souls of the dead flying through the back of the cave while Orpheus is entering the Underworld. I already had a few ideas on how to do it, but all of them seemed rather complicated. While I thought about how to lit the setting to achieve a nice impression of depth, I had this idea of animating the shadows on the background.
Since I own several useful but often unused items, I removed the dust from my overhead projector. I first painted a background on which I wanted to project the animation:
The plain background: I thought it would be nice to project the animation at a noisy background for that it doesn’t look too clean.
This is a small impression of how we achieved the special atmosphere in the pictures above.
Then I printed the structures of rocks to a sheet of overhead transparency, and projected this image to the painted backdrop. Next, I placed one of my shadow puppets on top of it to see how it looks. – And it looks amazing! Actually I’m really pleased with the setting and the atmosphere right now.
I also added the landing for the boat of Charon the ferryman today, and some more background pieces to achieve a nice transition from the 3D world to the land of the silhouettes.
Two pictures of me working on the landing.
The current state of the cave setting. It only lacks a few details: the ferryman’s boat, the water and some background elements.
Now it feels a bit more realistic again that I’ll someday soon will finish this animated short…