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I just posted what was meant to be an entry for the One Minute Film Club (FB group) which gives you a little less than a month from the time you get the new theme until the deadline.  Not surprisingly, I didn't come close to finishing on time - this was the January competition due Feb 2nd and I rushed, but couldn't rush enough.  I was still making puppets and sets when the due date passed.    The theme was "Animal" and once I had the idea, I wanted to go ahead and do it anyway.  Anyway, here it is.  

WolfMoonH264 from Nick Hilligoss on Vimeo.

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amazing Nick.. I already seen this yesterday on FB.. loved it..❤️ it's really cool little film.. your so clever.. so many skills, I be 92 by the time I catch up to you lol.. can I join that FB group ONE MINUTE FILM is it?  

James. 

Nice work, Nick!  That's no small feat. 

Thanks guys!  Some still photos of the puppet making process and studio set-up, for those who are interested in such things.

Little Red had a silicone head made, with Smooth-On Ecoflex silicone.   

The wolf was built up in cushion foam, since I had no foam latex and it was out of stock in Australia.  I might have gone for a sculpted fur look, like I did for Little Red's hair (which is hardly seen under the riding hood), and I did consider just painting the foam that was cut with scissors.  But I wanted the kind of edge lighting you only get with actual fur, so I went with flocking over the foam.  Then I had to flock Granny's mask and little wolf head as well, to be consistent.  


I don't shoot frontlight-backlight that much any more, but green foliage and the wolf's furry outline don't key all that well with green screen.  So I went back to shooting a front lit frame with no light on the screen and normal lighting on the wolf, then a backlit frame with the white screen lit, for every frame.  Dragonframe can seperate the 2 sets, like it does for 3d stern shooting.  The background had 4 layers, painted sky, moon, and 2 layers of moving clouds, which were pre-assembled.  Then I shot some frontlight-backlight still frames of trees and my one styrofoam rock turned different ways, with 2 layers behind the wolf and one or 2 in front.  Most of the film was in-camera, with a painted backdrop and the same trees re-arranged to make different parts of the forest.   Only the last shot had the moon added in because it wasn't bright enough.

This is great Nick and glad you always have some BTS photos

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