The making of Life Cycle

If you have an idea for a film but never have the time to make it, Neil Carstairs can recommend a two year posting to a remote part of Scotland to get you started. I finished all the drawings for my previous film The Circle and the Square in the first three months of a … Read more

D.I.Y. Rostrum Part Two

The Filmcraft 80 Rostrum is suitable for 8mm cameras and light 16mm cameras. In issue 14 we described how to build the main framework. David Jefferson continues with the base. As mentioned in part one of this article, the methods given are the ones I used. They are only intended as a guide and you … Read more

Beowulf in Plasticine – cameras might fly – Page 2

The next step in camera movement after this is to liberate the camera from its earthly existence altogether, and give it wings. This is achieved mind-bogglingly-well in the many adverts and title-sequences on television which now use sophisticated 3D computer animation: the Indesit advert, and the absolutely outstanding new title-sequence for Weekend World are the … Read more

Inbetweening by home computer

The general principles of inbetweening are given in a programme that can be adapted for most home micro computers. David Jefferson explains how it works. This programme will make inbetween drawings for two given drawings. It will do as many inbetween steps as you ask it. The way it works is to look at both … Read more

D.I.Y Rostrum

The Filmcraft 80 Rostrum is suitable for 8mm cameras and light 16mm cameras. David Jefferson tells you how you can build your own version of it. When I designed the Filmcraft 80 Rostrum in 1979 I had three basic criteria apart from the obvious one of it doing the job well. 1: It had to … Read more

D.I.Y Rostrum – Page 2

The feet are attached in the same way. These are pre-drilled to take bolts but as I was standardizing on quarter inch whitworth bolts I found I had to drill these again to enlarge them. The uprights were also drilled a few inches from the top to take the bolts for the lighting bar. The … Read more