Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Behind the Scenes: The Making of "Message From Cool Town"

Hey Folks,
Here's the first, of many to come, Behind the Scenes video with commentary by me, Carol k.Ras- the Creator of Cool Town Claymation. Read more about our experiences in the making of "Message From Cool Town" below!

Extended Commentary:
In filming this project, it being our first and all, we expected some turbulence. Some of which, we could've been able to prevent, others, not so much. All went well for several hours into the shoot, then our first problem occurred. The battery ran out and we had no back up! Not only was this a total inconvenience to sit around for an hour at a time just to get 15 minutes of juice so we could continue to shoot as much as we can before it died again, but it drained our patience and heightened our anxiety as it was a basic fundamental that we'd overlooked. Perhaps, it was because we hadn't expected the shoot to take longer than 3 hours, but we were entirely wrong.

Our second issue occurred, and it goes hand-in-hand with the battery depletion, was that the power went out in some parts of the building. Leaving us with another obstacle, searching for power to power the power source (whew, that was a mouth full!). We eventually found an outlet that was our miracle and as previously mentioned, what was supposed to be a 3 hour day turned into a, roughly, 9-10 hour extravaganza! Not to mention, that we powered (no pun intended) through the rest of the shoot having to light freestanding with flashlights and other battery operated practicals. That was fun and is very apparent when watching the video as some areas are darker than others. But fortunately, the shoot was an exterior night shoot, which was somewhat forgiving.

This project was truly adventurous, ambitious and tons of fun. Especially since this was our first stop-motion claymation video and we really had no idea what we were doing, yet alone, what we were getting into. I must say, we truly took a lot away from this experience and still apply what we've learned in our work today. We stumbled through the entire process all in good fun, with an open mind and ready to dive into the unknown. This project was definitely the planting seed of our journey to honing our craft in this artistry. 

I'd like to personally thank all of our friends, fans and families for all of your continued support in making Cool Town Claymation what it is today. As cliche as it sounds, I would not be doing this if it weren't for all of the responses we've gotten from our viewers. I am grateful and truly humbled by your new found appreciation for the art. I hope you will continue by our side and I hope we can continue to entertain, educate and enthuse you to live, learn and laugh! 

Looking forward to another great year with Cool Town Claymation!
CEO/Creator/Founder/Operator of
Cool Town Claymation
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