This video provided the raw material for an animated gif. I was experimenting with combining duplicated images, stop motion and gif animation. This is video #23 of my #100videoclips project.
This is the result:
(I had to shrink it down considerably because the gif format is notoriously inefficient and makes relatively huge files compared to modern video formats.)
What I Did
The basic stop motion technique is what I described in my first stop-motion post (vc003: Woodsy Stop Motion). I just shifted around on the ping-pongish table (smaller than regulation size, but usable) in small increments until I made it all the way around.
For the body-double effect, I tried just using two layers with a Darken blend mode applied to the upper layer (in Premiere Pro). However, there wasn’t enough contrast between me and the background, so I resorted to a rotoscoped mask in After Effects.
I used the Pen tool to draw a mask around the upper layer. I had to adjust the mask frame by frame, paying particular attention to the frames where the rear figure passed behind the one in front.
Once the video was complete, I opened the movie file in Photoshop and used the “Save for Web” feature to create the animated gif.
What I Learned
- As often happens with stop motion, I probably could have made smaller moves each time so the animation would have gone more smoothly. However, it’s not bad the way it is.
- At the very least, I should have paid closer attention to how many moves I made on each section of the table to make sure they matched the moves on the opposite side. As it was, I was one move short on one section, so I had to do a little finagling to make the continuous loop work properly.