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Creating animation with halftone:
(a) In TV medium creates flicker effect
(b) In digital requires high data rate & less compression
I think remaking #SpiderMan: Into The #SpiderVerse trailer would be a challenge. A fun challenge where there are scenes with halftone & misprint colors.
Going to be an ‘expensive’ challenge since the cheapest halftone/screen tone sheet I found in NYC is $7.96. Imagine frames of animation with multiple halftone 😂
Some plans.
Testing with the most interesting scene. It has multiple lighting & shading, the camera is locked.
Each frame has 5 layers for background, halftone, shadow, highlight & outline.
When the halftone adhesive sheets become rare & expensive, create it.
Daughter “I think I just made a mistake.”
Don’t worry kiddo, it’s the beauty of tranditional art.
Cut 09
The 9 yo inker.
In digital method, we can easly move the camera. Pan, tilt, track.
In practical method, we need to build rigs. Kids suggest me to build it with Lego parts 🤔
Up - down, left - right. This will do for parallax movement. For now.
The iconic scene with multiplane rig to create parallax movement.
Light off. Light on.
Multiplane setup. Back to day when there was no After Effects digital layers.
Cut 20. One of challenging cut in @SpiderVerse moive with multiplane setup to create camera movement. So far so good.
Justin K Thompson @shinypinkbottle on @SpiderVerse movie: “The world would looked like it’s made of arts.
All the dots, the screen tone, all the hatch works, the line works, all those little misprints with the color was off register.”

That’s indeed challenging.
Just got a mood booster.
Move to the next cut. Remaking means redesigning, reconcepting, rebuilding and also, reanimating.
Examining ‘the leap of faith’ animation. Need to make the layout smaller to give more space for rigs & setup.
“In frame-by-frame animation, there’s no wasted paper. Every single frame is a masterpiece.” ~ my dad.

Daughter is preparing the sequence for ‘the leap of faith’ cut.
Didn’t see this coming 😂
Both with Sony headphone, MDR-3L2 vs MDR-XB950.
Cut 19 line test
You know your work is in the good spot when the director himself approves
Son is preparing cels with a hole puncher.
Inking the cut 19.
Need to build a new setup/rig for complex animation. With Lego.
Because complex 2D animation requires complex camera movement. The slider setup for cut 19.
The plane movement needs analog ease in.
High tech side: Dragonframe & Dynamic Perception motion control. A friend has a big heart to lend me his fancy tech \o/
In progress: Cut 19
(music: Sunflower by Post Malone & Swae Lee)
Want to see if this DIY controller can help to build motorized multi-plane rigs
Total 53 frames. Running out of cel sheets. Need to go to Staples for more overhead projector transparent sheets.
The colorists at work. 53 frames in 35 minutes \o/
Coloring cels of animation
“Somehow this activity is relaxing.” ~ kids.
Lighting setup in traditional 2D animation is tricky.
The background for Cut 18.
Cut 18 layers composition.
Making the background for Cut 18.
Close enough 😆
Move to next cuts 🤞
Nowadays, it’s hard to find dry transfer halftone or screen tone sheets like Letratone in the 80s. So we decide to create our own, by create a stencil sheet with cutter machine. Best of all, it’s not just for black color but also white & others. #DIY #experiment
Multi-plane setup simulation for Cut 21: Miles' free fall.
The next multi-plane setup. Son helps me build this simple setup with his Lego. I add @littleBits module to control the motor.
I think it works. Simple, cheap DIY solution. And fun \o/
Remake means redesign (the animation). Rough animation for cut 21, 23 & 25.
Cut 21: Preparring the keyframe for the plane. There will two planes, one for the background (building) & other for Miles' falling animation followed by the camera. Thanks for the Lego bricks, kids!
Cut 25: Examining the original animation. Adding new in-between in certain key frames.
Multi-plane setup for Cut 21.
Cut 21. Calibration with Dragonframe software.
The kids help me build the rigs with their Lego bricks, keep the project fun & playful.

Music: Sunflower by Post Malone & Swae Lee.
That ‘hamster wheel’ is the building sheet, for the background when Miles did his free fall in the first leap. Quite complex 2 seconds cut.
Cut 21 "Miles' free fall" setup
Exploring the motion. One solution leads to another problem. How to lock the iPhone focus when the distance changes? 🤣 *roll up the sleeve*
Successfully create follow focus from A to B with the iPhone. Thanks for the tips @dragonframe!
Minutes before sleep: inking the 63 cels.
Cut 21: the process & the final result
A month later, done 4 cuts. Need another 28 cuts 💪
Apologies for the long empty black space after. It’s the approx space for the next cut we need to fill. Yes, it’s that long 😂
We’re doing it in a small space (our living room). So for scenes with long camera track, we need to cheat with perspective illusion.
I think it works for Cut 23 \o/
Checking the composition with white chalk drawings.
The physical keyframes. For syncing the 2D animation & camera movement.
Setup for Cut 25 with long sliding camera movement. We don't know if this Lego train track set will work. But it'll be much cheaper than getting a new additional camera slider.
Close enough 😆
Kids “I think I’m going to frame our cel painting masterpiece and put it on the wall.”
Me “But there are hundreds of them.”
Kids “Guess we need a giant wall to put them all.”
Done the Cut 23. Time to say goodbye for this setup. Disassemble & get ready for the next cut & new setup: Lego bricks as camera slider.
Preparing the setup for Cut 25 - the cut in the trailer when Miles is chasing Prowler, bumps to cabs & bus.
Painting before sleep is relaxing.

“What kind of painting? Watercolor? Oil? Acrylic? Abstract? Realism? Fantasy?”

Cel painting 😬
How to spend the weekend
Cut 25 - a cut with 'dolly cam' (music by @diksat)
How we build the dolly cam with @LEGO_Group train & bricks
Lighting is the part of the story.
Practical simulation.
Forced perspective. Closest is smaller, farthest is bigger/wider. (music by @diksat)
Family time. Weekend well spent.
Creating bounce interaction between cel animation (Miles) & board (the cab)
2 plexiglass planes (Miles & Prowler) for Z movement,
3 cardboard planes (cabs & bus) for X movement.
This is when the digital layers converted to tangible layers.
Final rehearsal.
Cut 25 is done. Moving to another cut 💪

Music: What's Up Danger by Blackway & Black Caviar (intrumental version )
Total setup: 4
Cut 25 as GIF
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