Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting a phonotrope, part of Motion Graphics Loops 03: Analog Techniques - The Phonotrope.
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- [Voiceover] How you light and shoot your phonotropes…stylistically is up to you, but there are a few things…you should be aware of if you want to achieve…the best animation results.…The first things we need to go over is lighting.…I can't really emphasize enough that bright is better…when it comes to shooting phonotropes.…You want to get your phonotrope as bright as possible,…because when you shooot it, you'll need to crank…some very specific camera settings, which will…lower the exposure of your shot.…Now if you don't have fancy-schmancy lighting gear,…don't worry about it.…
Making phonotropes is all about being scrappy and clever,…not professional.…I like to light my phonotrope using a single,…metal worklight with a big ol' 200-watt bulb.…The worklight has one of those squeezey clip bottoms…for ease of placement.…I purchased both and backup bulbs…for something like five or maybe 10 bucks…at a hardware store.…I tend to clip my worklight to a light stand,…but I've been known to clip that light…to anything from a microphone stand…
You'll get hands on and color, cut, paste, and draw and, along the way, learn about the logistics of player speeds, frames, video capture, and lighting. In the final chapter, you'll get tips and inspiration for taking your phonotrope to the next level with transparency and mixed media.
- Introducing the phonotrope
- Understanding frame and speed settings
- Experimenting with drawing and play dough
- Using Illustrator and Photoshop to plan a phonotrope guide
- Preparing After Effects for a phonotrope animation
- Shooting, lighting, and editing animation footage