Night at the Art Gallery


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Making this video was pretty epic! It was my first time doing stop motion animation and it was intense  — over 2 weeks, I spent about 80 hours on it, most of which was spent animating and fixing and reanimating the characters in the video. Whew! I don’t know how they have the patience to make full-length movies.

I got to play a bit of piano for the soundtrack, which was fun. (Little secret: I recorded it one hand at a time because I only had a couple hours to practice before recording the audio lol.) The piece is Mozart’s Sonata No. 16 in C Major, with short excerpts from all 3 movements (Allegro, Andante, and Rondo). You can get the free sheet music here.

The paintings in the video can all be found at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. Were you able to recognize any of the artists or paintings while you were watching the video? If so, good job! If not, you can check out the full list in the YouTube description box :’D Or, you can go visit the AGO for free on Wednesday nights from 6 – 8:30 pm.

So how did I do the animations in the video? I started by taking high-resolution photos of all the paintings at the AGO, then modifying the original photos in Adobe Photoshop. Each scene is made up of about 30 edited photographs. Doing some quick math, it turns out I created about 500 frames and spent about 9 minutes per frame O.o A lot of that was redoing frames I wasn’t happy with and resyncing audio. Yep, this video was super late because Jen is a nuddy perfectionist. There are a lot of small details in each scene, so if you go back and watch it on a bigger screen, you might see things you missed the first time around!

The next video is something easy and fun I filmed yesterday, so I’m hoping I can get it edited and uploaded for tomorrow. We’ll see … fighting! Happy New Year!

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