POOL SCUM EPISODE 3: THE REBUTTAL. #poolscum was such a blast to work on and we would love to make more episodes. A great way to support this project and future ones is through the @moviemountain the Patreon. You can watch the whole piece edited together and pick up shirts and socks. We made Pool Scum as an example of how Instagram can be used and as proof of concept for what we are doing at Movie Mountain. A bunch of people but in hundreds of hours of hard work on it at @moviemountain. @memmonz was the special effects supervisor, @kaikorsmo was the lead fabricator and set builder, @lex.lore did the wardrobe and helped with props, @timothytickle made the miniature pants and worked on props, @kylestephensnow spent months animating the puppets, @theshelbyfoundation provided moral support and made miniature beer cans, @nightjarillustration did the matte painting and tshirt painting, Warren Lee did the sound design, @classichenbo interned for a month. I hope you guys like it and thanks for all of the support and great feedback 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
POOL SCUM EPISODE 2: In which FATE decides who shreds first and the bar is SET. Head over to @moviemountain for Episode 3 and tons of behind the scenes footage from building the set and more. #poolscum
EPISODES 1-3 of POOL SCUM are now live on the @moviemountain Patreon page! Follow the link in our profile to watch it. It took us 7 months to make, here's a video of how we did it. Thanks for all of the support and let us know what you think 🙏🏻🙏🏻
POOL SCUM comes out in a week! It's been a crazy six months of designing, building, animating and shooting and we are so pumped to show you guys our hard work. This is an oil painting that @nightjarillustration and is available on a limited t-shirt we did for the @moviemountain Patreon supporters. Through our Patreon, you'll also be able to see the projects we make before they are posted online, get the tshirts and socks we made with @stancesocks and buy props and parts of the set. Take a look at the link in my profile for more. I'm also thinking about doing a live tour of @moviemountain today, would that be something you guys would be interested in seeing?
Watching the arrival of fall last night and firing up the sauna for the first time since spring after a long week of shooting at @moviemountain. We are a few shots away from finishing #poolscum and are dialing in sound design and matte paintings. It will be out in a week to do! 🍂🎧🎬
Animating one frame of Pool Scum in the @moviemountain studio. For each shot, puppet is attached to a metal armature and moved around the set, every subtle movement is animated by hand and then photographed by a DSLR on a computer controlled arm and then compiled in Aftereffects. So far we've shot some 3500 frames of #poolscum and only have a handful of shots left to shoot this week. Its been six months since we started building the set. Originally I thought we would have Pool Scum out by July 😂😂. Hundreds of hours of hard work later and we are just a two weeks from it's release. We are so pumped to put it out and see what you guys think 📹⏱💡🗓 #poolscum
The last day of summer or the first day of fall? It's rained five inches in the last few days, putting out most of the fires in the Gorge. The storm broke last night just in time for one of the first smoke free sunsets I've seen in months.
In three weeks, the #vanlife book that I've been working on for the last year comes out! @philliptannand whipped up some limited edition bumper stickers for the release. Best part is that they are free with a preorder of the book. Follow the link in my profile to preorder your copy or upload your sales receipt (if you've already ordered it!) to get your stickers. I'm super happy with how the book turned out and can't wait for people to start checking them out 🙏🏻💪🏻
Watching the Eagle Creek Fire burn afternoon yesterday from @moviemountain . It's been a crazy week of fires, smoke, and evacuations. We almost had to packed up the #poolscum set! The fire on the Washington side is now almost contained but the Oregon fire is still raging at some 40,000 acres. it looks like rain is on the way to help out on the Oregon side but it's going to be weeks until it's fully extinguished by fall rain🤞🏻💦 #raindance#thankyoufirefighters
Yesterday afternoon we took a Zodiac out in the Columbia to see the damage caused by the Eagle Creek fire. The smoke was so thick that the sun was barely visible. The damage was less than I feared after seeing the hillsides glow with flames a few nights before. Having grown up in the Gorge, I've been accustom to the sounds of I-84, the silence the last few days has been hauntingly eerie. The wind was dead calm and the only noises were from the occasional bird overhead and distant whir of a fire fighters chainsaws. The second photo is a shot of Multnomah Falls, thankfully the lodge was saved. The Archer Mountain fir looked very small compared to the destruction on the Oregon side. The next week or so looks relatively calm which would be ideal for firefighters. 💔💪🏻🤞🏻
A group of 30 of us stood on the bluffs of North Bonneville watching the fire jump ridge to ridge down the Oregon side of the Gorgeas the east wind raged. Over head, two hewy helicopters made laps, scooping up buckets of water from the Columbia and dropping them on the fires. "It looks like a scene from a movie..." people kept saying. The destruction is unfathomable. Hours after I shot these clips the fire jumped the Columbia and started burning on a place the @moviemountain crew and I hike a bunch some 4 miles from the studio and tree houses. My dads house was evacuated and we started packing up hard drives and camera equipment. Thankfully the wind switched and the fire started burning in the opposite direction. It's been a crazy 48 hours and thanks to everyone that's been sending messages and positive vibes our way. Thanks to everyone fighting fires, cleaning up flooding, and other natural disasters this year, with climate change, radical natural events will only become more common 💔💔💪🏻💪🏻 🙏🏻🙏🏻 🤞🏻🤞🏻
A look at what we have been working on for the last 5 months at @moviemountain. This is how one shot from our first project, POOL SCUM, comes together. This shot is 50 frames, a little over 2 seconds and is composed of 4 passes; an animation pass (the puppet is moved frame by frame), a green screen pass (so that we can remove the arm that holds the puppet and replace the sky), a lens flair pass, and a clean plate (so that when we remove the puppets arm we have what's behind it). The camera motion is mapped out on our motion control machine, a giant computer controlled robot arm, that repeats the same motion perfectly. These 4 takes are then comped together on #aftereffects and this is the final result. For more follow @moviemountain #stopmotion#nerdalert
Tucker showing Bill, our partially blind friend, the corona around the total eclipse last week. Three years ago, Tucker and I were in over our heads working on the tree houses and needed help. Tucker suggested we fly in his childhood friend and carpenter, Bill, out from Maine. The plan was for Bill to come out for a few weeks, but he ended up staying until the project was finished. Shortly after, Bill was in a bad accident and suffered a severe brain injury. He spent 8 weeks in a coma and when he finally regained consciousness, he was partially blind. He's had a long path to recovery. Two years after the accident, Bill came out for the eclipse. I've taken hundreds of thousands of photos over the years, and this is without a doubt one of my favorites. You're a bad ass @mccheww 💪🏻🙏🏻
Showing my 91 year old grandmother, Trudy, around the tree houses. She made it to the tallest tree house, up three flights of stairs and a 30 foot suspension bridge. She's had an amazing life, growing up in the Jungles of Panama, studying the Amish and teaching anthropology at the University of Michigan, and protesting various wars (she was arrested in 2013 protesting the war in Iraq). I hope when I'm her age, I'm running around protesting, seeing the eclipse and climbing up tree houses.
Three years ago I stopped shooting film and switched to digital cameras. One of the biggest perks is the ability to shoot in low to no light. It's a total game changer. Here are some of my favorite lowlight shots from the last few months