TED-Ed behind the scenes

Recently people have been asking about how I made the Solar Eclipse animation for TED-Ed.  I thought i’d upload some images I took along the way as a bit of a “making of” for anyone who’s interested.

First, I produced several styleframes of possible looks for the production.

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The practical look seemed to get people making happy noises, and I really liked the kitch, 50’s B sci fi feel of it, so I went with that. Unfortunately, Earth 1.0 blew over in the wind immediately after I took the photo used in the style frame and smashed all over the ground.

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I set about making a new earth, a better earth.  An earth sculpted in plastercine, molded in silicone and cast in ultracal. And I had the mold, so if I dropped this one, I could easily make another!

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This is the final model of earth 2.0 and the moon used in the practical shoot. The earth is made of solid plaster, and the moon is plaster on a polystyrene ball.

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I shot the models in several different lighting conditions depending on the shot, including a flat lit version that could be post lit for shots where the light needed to change over time.  I had originally intended to do these shots stop motion, but time and resources blah blah blah.. The photos were cleaned up in photoshop and the elements composited in after effects.

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These exquisite, one of a kind, hand crafted miniatures are now for sale…
To the highest bidder of course. :)

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