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Remembering Hogwarts

Just a few years ago, the Harry Potter book series was complete and soon followed the film series that was adapted from it.

To commemorate the magical moments of those books and films, I started making an animated tribute series, Remembering Hogwarts. In a very short amount of time I animated scenes from the first three Harry Potter tales, but then took a very long time to create a scene from the fourth, The Goblet of Fire.

Though I had a strong vision of what I wanted to do (I made the background in February of 2012), the thought of how much time it would take to build the additional scenery and props (trees, tents, fires) and make hire all the extras (Death Eaters and Victims) was daunting – and on top of it I had to shoot and edit??  Needless to say, I kept this project in the background (on my dresser) for quite a while.

But I finally did it… After three straight days of set design and hiring the talent (crafting), seven-hours of shooting and two of editing, I finally did it…

made a scene from The Goblet of Fire

Jack and the Beanstalk

made a stop-motion scene

 

Thursday I’ll be starting a 5-week long afterschool program to teach some fourth graders and their parents how to use iPhoto and iMovie to make their own animations. I wanted to make one before the program started so I spent a good part of today in pre-production (cutting and gluing construction paper pieces), production (taking pictures, moving construction paper pieces, taking pictures, moving construction paper pieces, taking pictures, moving construction paper pieces…………), and post-production (editing!) to make this 45-second gem.

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Altogether roughly one hour of work for every ten-seconds of footage.

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I meeeeeaaaaan…

I enjoyed myself… Sooooooo, hopefully the nine-year-olds will too 😛

 

Remembering Hogwarts

made a scene from Prisoner of Azkaban

Can you believe it?
This third scene in my Remembering Hogwarts Series is really more than one!

(Don’t you just love trick endings?)

I spent A LOT of time on set and prop design for this vid, building an entire car of the Hogwarts Express, the end of Platform 9 3/4 AND an unattended snack trolly. The “location” offered tons of opportunity to play up details and background animation. I’m pretty proud of the  scenery as it moves with the train out of London, through city and forest, towards Hogwarts Castle. I used receipt paper for the effect… Talk about an obsolete item- I had to buy a 12 pack to get the 3-feet of slim, rolled paper I needed for this project… And that was a success only had after traveling to four different stores.

At least they have teacher discounts at Office Max.

Too bad the same kind of discounts aren’t offered on Harry Potter action figures…

I might have purchased Draco on Amazon just for this scene.

Remembering Hogwarts

made a scene from Chamber of Secrets

Expect Remembering Hogwarts to get better and better – I guarantee it to be filled with surprises with each coming scene (in which I set out to do one for each epic Harry Potter tale with epic Harry Potter music).

The set design alone sets this second scene apart from the first . I recreated Moaning Myrtle’s deserted toilet chamber completely with cardboard, a hot glue gun ❤ , and elmer’s paint. Myrtle herself is simply tracing paper.

Keep your brain’s guessing for Prisoner of Azkaban!

Dementor! Dementor!

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