First Shots Using the New Puppet

Two of the shots with the new puppet required a camera position that was not possible to achieve with my tripod. The goal was to get the camera up very high above the set to see the ground from the perspective of the creatures in the nest.

A still image from the opening scene in Seed in the Sand.

A still image from the opening scene in Seed in the Sand.

To get the required angle, I made a camera rig using the center portion of my tripod attached to a c-stand.

The center portion of the tripod has been separated from the legs and attached to a c-stand.

The center portion of the tripod has been separated from the legs and attached to a c-stand.

Here is the entire set-up. See the camera high above the set angled downward.

Here is the entire set-up. See the camera high above the set angled downward. My computer had to rest directly on the set due to the limited length of the cables connecting it to the camera.

Looking up from the ground level you can see the camera up there behind the branches and the computer on the set.

At ground level you can see the camera up there behind the branches and the computer on the set.

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10 thoughts on “First Shots Using the New Puppet

  1. Chad October 6, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    Great solution with the rig. The high angle shot looks so good! Everything looks amazing. I would imagine you’ll have some great close-up shots in the action. Which will be so great with all the details of everything, and the stitching in her costume is sick! (sorry for the lack of a better word)

  2. Anonymous October 6, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    YOU ARE A TRUE ARTIST.

  3. Anonymous October 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Splendid. To say the least.

    • Jaina Bee October 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

      By the way, this is Jaina Bee!

  4. Steve October 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for what you do. Blood tea and red string is my favorite film of all time.

  5. Julie Green October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing this with us Christian and keep on going! In the midst of our crazy lives, it’s creativity that gives us strength!

  6. Vernon Bauer October 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I echo all the sentiments expressed above. Your work is uniquely beautiful & I enjoy these behind-the-scene tours… as well as looking forward to the film when it’s finished. Thank you very much 🙂 Best of luck as you continue!

  7. pigmentaperegrinae/Dannette Wallace October 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm Reply

    It is a gift to see your creative process. I look forward to more of its darkly luminous unfolding.

  8. Christiane December 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm Reply

    Thanks! I am looking forward to animating during Christmas break. Hopefully I’ll be able to warm up the studio enough to work in there.

  9. shadowgovt December 28, 2013 at 10:49 am Reply

    Looking good! Keep it up. Some things like this are a marathon, not a sprint. I’ve got projects that I’ve completed and some that were only partially done, so I’m impressed that you’re forging ahead despite your larger “life decisions”. You’ve made alot of progress since Kickstarting this thing. Btw you should watch the Ray Harryhausen documentary on Netflix. You’d like it a lot.

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