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06Melt_2I just finished animating the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” (Exodus 12) scene for Seder-Masochism. It clocks in at 7 minutes 6 seconds. As soon as it gets some extra sound effects I’ll release it online, coinciding with a fundraising drive for the movie. Meanwhile here are some stills.

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Leviathan/Apep in the sea

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I seem to have created something that looks great as an endlessly looping gif, but is hard to fit into the movie I created it for. I’m still trying to fit it in without overwhelming any scene it appears in.

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Egyptian firstborn mummy

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First flight of the ba

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The ba passes Ammit and Anubis weighing the heart

More “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scenes for Seder-Masochism. I’m using a plain black background in these scenes to suggest the dead are “inside” Death, but the Egyptian art I’m basing it on have light backgrounds, so it’s a bit of a stretch.

 

How to make a Leviathan in Macromedia Flash 8

People have been asking how I made this, so I took some screen shots:

1. Basic segment shape

1. Basic segment shape

Continue reading How to make a Leviathan in Macromedia Flash 8

Leviathan Redux

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I’m adapting the Leviathan I designed a few years ago into an Apep for the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scene of Seder-Masochism. It’ll look more Egyptian later, but right now I’m just happy with the movement, which I re-timed to go with the music. It has a beat every 17 frames, kind of a pain to adjust but I’m pleased with the rhythm.

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Death cycle

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I’m currently working on the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” chapter of Seder-Masochism. The little move above happens only once in the film, but I wanted to see it over and over, hence the gif.

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Chad Gadya embroidermation progress

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A wee taste of the progress Theo and I are making on our “Chad Gadya” embroidermation project.

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Frames of the animation are stitched in groups of 6, arranged in a circle on matzo covers. We currently have 516 frames on 86 matzo covers, which I painstakingly finished by hand with multiple fabric layers and labels and everything.

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We hired Theo’s daughter, Emma, to help. Here she is ironing away while I adjust a lining.

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Here I am topstitching one of the 86 covers on a treadle sewing machine.

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We have a lot of additional photography, stitchcoding and stitching to do, but we are making progress. When the film is done the matzo covers will be for sale.

This Land Is Mine is yours

Due to horrific recent events, This Land Is Mine has gone viral again.

Here’s a reminder that you don’t need permission to copy, share, broadcast, post, embed, subtitle, etc. Copying is an act of love, please copy and share. Yes means yes.

copying is an act of love, please copy and shareAs for the music, it is Fair UseThis Land Is Mine is a PARODY of “The Exodus Song.” That music was sort of the soundtrack of American zionism in the 1960’s and 70’s. It was supposed to express Jewish entitlement to Israel. By putting the song in the mouth of every warring party, I’m critiquing the original song.

 

Egyptian Falcon

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Another thing for Seder-Masochism.

Death Makes a Holiday

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I’m currently animating the Death of the Firstborn Egyptians (Exodus 11:1-12:36) for Seder-Masochism. This is the miracle that started Passover! Hooray! I’m being sarcastic!

Ancient Egypt parallax

I’ve been designing Egyptian foliage for Seder-Masochism. The ancient Egyptian graphic style is pretty flat; there’s little if any perspective to give a sense of depth.

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However, animation can give a sense of depth without compromising the graphic style. Thanks to the magic of parallax, each still frame looks authentically flat, but in motion the scene looks 3-D. Nothing overlaps anything else but there’s still a foreground and background.

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Chad Gadya cycling backgrounds

Which 24-frame cycle do you like more:

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Cycle A, “Clouds”, or…

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Cycle B, “Waves”?

I personally prefer Cycle B, because I like backgrounds where everything is moving – I feel it gives it more depth. As a 2-D design the clouds look nice, but in an animated cycle their stillness bothers me. I did make a version with moving clouds, but on this 24-frame cycle they had to be very dense to repeat:

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Cycle C, “Repeating Clouds”. I still prefer Cycle B. The sky pattern might be a bit unconventional, but I think it’s stylish. Also I don’t like all that white in the background of A and C.

The palette is limited to 10 colors because this is destined for Embroidermation. The animated GIF doesn’t have great color fidelity; thread colors will look better and have more contrast between foreground and background.

If you have an opinion on which of these you prefer, please leave it in the comments and maybe it will help Theo and me settle our argument.

Cattle of Egypt

I’m back to working on Seder-Masochism after a very long hiatus. Here are some biblical Egyptian cattle:

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And here they are after I AM THAT I AM gets through with them:

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The Angel of Death came…

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…and slew the Slaughterer that killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya