Tranquilized.

Photography, Photoshop

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Having kids is a hard work. They drive me nuts, daily, both of them. The chores never end, and I’m quite amazed that our washing machine hasn’t exploded yet. Anyways, the point I’m trying to make here is that you need some sort of outlet, no matter what it is that drives you crazy sometimes. My passion is film but at the moment, I don’t really have the time for it. Schools out for the summer and I don’t always work, so as I mentioned in my previous post “The lay of the land” , I’m trying to improve my photographic skills, especially when it comes to landscape photography.

I try to find some time on days like this one to just go, somewhere, and get inspired by my surroundings. Today I took the smaller roads and ended up in some random spots. Nic Cave provided the soundtrack today. I came home with a 150 shots and these are the ones that really worked for me today. But mainly, I got to clear my head a bit – and that’s what mattered today. Plus I got to try out some vintage m42 prime lenses (Mirage 135 / Tokina 35 / Makinon 28) which have been sitting in my bag for a while just waiting to be put to work.

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Sunday in four shots.

Photography, Photoshop

Today me and Oliver (my son – almost 4) went to Malmö to pick up a second 20″ Apple cinema  display from a guy who obviously didn’t have a clue about it’s worth (since he sold it for around $30) as he posted the ad online (something he found out when it was too late and the deal was made). We celebrated with ice cream and spent an extra hour on the highway waiting for a car crash to be cleaned up. It was hot as hell but at least I had the camera with me and Oliver didn’t seem to mind the long wait since he got to press and pull whatever he wanted in the driver seat.

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The lay of the land.

Photography, Photoshop

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I wish I was a better landscape photographer. Sometimes I’m amazed at how perfectly some photographers manage to capture the outdoors and make it look, special. I’m trying to get better at it so I went out to get some photos at the slopes of Hilleshög.

What’s you best tip when it comes to landscape photography? Feel free to post a line or two below.

The deadly bandits – Animating the dead.

Animation, Film, Illustration, Photoshop

For film class we were asked to create a short (about 40 seconds long) video in After Effects of an anthropomorphic band performing a tune in 2.5D space. The video should contain some camera movement through a layered world of our own creation. Teaming up for this one was easy.

Amanda Nilsson and myself (Bad Apple Films) hooked up with Leon Remstedt and Daniel Sjöberg (Woodland Films) and spent a good minute on agreeing that something must be dead, and something must die. The story pretty much wrote itself. We knew we wanted a concept similar to Disney’s The Skeleton Dance (1929), and we knew we would have to come up with a grim way to abruptly end the song after about 30 seconds.

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Kevin MacLeod’s “One-eyed maestro” is 1:58 long – we needed it to be about 0:40. Easy fix.

Since we went with animal skulls instead of heads we had to pick animals with skulls that differ from each other. Que a cow, vulture and a crocodile. Amanda, Daniel and me animated a musician each while Leon animated the background. After a few days we met up and put the whole composition together over two days and added camera movement and sound effects.

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Original drafts and sketches for “Rojaz”, “Nevada” and “Diego” with their instruments.

Even though the animation tends to get a bit stiff when animating cut-out’s, it does add a quirky charm to your video. And if you haven’t played around with the built-in camera in After Effects i strongly recommend you try it out. It’s actually less complicated than one might think. Thanks for watching!