Like water for the desert, New Media for New Mexico

The Making of Electro Gila

This video is arguably the coolest and the hardest of the collaborative projects we created this semester here in the iDEA lab.  From concept to post, everybody in the Studio 1 class put in alot of work to make it happen.  (Teachers too!)

The shoot:   A Canon 7D with a zoom lens was set up on the roof of the Fine Arts Center Theater about 80 ft of the ground. Down in the pit, large quantities of tempura paint was applied using big paintbrushes on broomsticks, as well as dumped with buckets and splattered, then hosed down and reapplied to create the backdrop.  Working very quickly, we ran in and out of the pit, applying paint and moving the puppets a little bit each frame, signaling the camera operator stuck on the hot roof as soon as the pit was cleared.  It was hard work, climbing in and out of the pit!  5 hours and 250 frames later, we had about 7 seconds of footage..and a lot of cleanup.  Wheew!

The puppets:  Huburt (the baby lizard), Kokopelli, and ElectroGila Monster were made out of cardboard with hinged limbs.  Christina designed Electro Gila, and Erika and Gabby created Huburt and Koko, respectively, and Christina did an awesome job of painting ElectroGila’s face. To see the Gila Monster in person, he is currently on display in the hallway of the Parotti building.

Post: Prof. Bill took of the editing of the animation, and stretched the footage to 1 minute, adding special effects with AfterEffects.  Prof. Jun supervised the sound aspect of it, and everybody created sound effects and ambient noise using Soundhack, Audacity, and Sountrack Pro.  The sounds were mixed in ProTools  Add some rocking credits and we have a kick ass animation!

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