chapter  6
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Objects, People, and Places

People, Objects, and Rigging Often with pixilation, whether you shoot the subject on a downshooter or horizontally, people and objects are treated in the same way. This can be difficult on the person, especially when everything is treated like an object. It is almost inhumane to animate a human in pixilation for long periods of time with no support or breaks. As Nick Upton, the pixilated star in the 1986 Bolex Brothers film The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb states:

Chapter Outline

People, Objects, and Rigging ...................................................................... 81 Organic and Nonorganic Objects ................................................................ 84 Shooting Safe Zones .................................................................................... 85

Adam Fisher, an independent animator from Maine, animated himself cutting his long beard and hair frame by frame as a metaphor for environmental devastation and overexploitation of natural resources in his 2010 film Timber. He needed assistance and support in the cutting of his hair while he placed himself correctly in front of the camera for registration. This took some careful planning and more careful execution. It took many, many months to grow his hair and beard and any mistakes in the cutting process could have been disastrous in the shooting process. This is his description of the process:

Objects and people do need to be treated differently to get the best animated results. In Oren Lavie's music video Her Morning Elegance, animated by Yuval and Merav Nathan and in the British directorial group Shynola's “Strawberry Swing” for the band Coldplay, the human subjects were shot lying down on flat surfaces like a bed or a floor. Chris Martin of Coldplay was shot standing and lying down and animated in various positions on the ground with a camera mounted in a stable

“To shoot Timber, I was seated in front of my computer with Framethief open and a camera pointed at me. Sarah assisted me. I would tell her when to take frames and when to cut hair. I moved as needed, frame by frame, and would get into just the right position. Then I would say something like… ‘okay, trim everything above my finger!’