Catching a train by Tihomir Lazarov
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Catching a train

June 29, 2014

It's a photo from my short 2.5D movie "Letter in a bottle":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaojwnxIPqg

The whole series is composited (unfortunately) as it was late autumn and outside was too cold to get it all in 1 shot as scripted. The model I hired has been photographed indoors on all of the images. She had the storyboards before her eyes so she knew what the end result had to be. She did a great job.

Even the interior photos from the story have been done in totally different environment. The interior was separately build and composed into the final images.

Compositing of all 29 images (this is one of them) took me about 7 months to travel to find the right places, to create miniatures for some of the shots, draw other details by hand and build the images. Then there was 1 month more to record the music and create the 2.5D video.

My main goal was to create the images as natural as possible as if I shot them like I wanted, on location.

It's clear that EXIF information is not of big help here. The studio shots have been photographed with ISO160, 1/250, about f8-f11. I've used 2 lights most of the time for key and fill.

On all of the images hand drawing has been involved. I wanted hair that was 2x longer than model's hair, so I elongated the hair with brush and colors in Photoshop on all photos from the story. Here's a BTS from the drawing process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXKku6QOGLU

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