I’ve started animating again. Although this set may seem large, animating on it is a little cramped. I love having a ceiling but getting the camera in there can be a challenge. Plus I have to crouch down every time I adjust the puppet. As you can see there is a light fixture in full view on the set. It’s connected to a dimmer switch allowing me simulate the light flicker coming from the fireplace. Once a shot is done I can remove the light, insert the clean background and add flames. The end result (pictured) is some really nice interactive lighting. Those types of effects have to be planned carefully. Done right they are invisible but are really effective in creating an overall aesthetic for the film.

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