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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks a bundle! Who knows, maybe one day we'll release something more complete from it all.
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
@03:07Great, thank you for sharing!
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DreJay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@02:48The lightpainting for the title pages are wonderful :D
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DreJay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@00:28I love the disappearing of the hand. It makes for wonderful intrigue. I'm still curious where the hand came from...
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:02Good to hear! The music came together at the last minute... pulled a crazy all-nighter with the co-composer getting things done in time for the screening it preceded. Wasn't sure what the end result was going to sound like, but I like how it all came out.
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Temperate-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
@02:59Melissa Jones from Shelton, WA, if so yes. =)
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:03Thank you! Ignore that bit about "coming 2009," add a handful of extra numbers to that and hopefully you'll have the release date. Hopefully...
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This is a trailer for my upcoming (hopefully soon!) light painting film, "The Lightcrafter."

The story of the film is about a boy whose dreams take him to a strange land of darkness, his only possession a flashlight. The world around him has been untouched by light, which escapes from his flashlight and becomes a malevolent force that corrupts everything around it. The boy confronts twisted inhabitants of the world in his journeys as he seeks to undo the damage done.

For a while now I have been entranced by the beauty of light painting photography, and was especially interested in its use in animation. I have always felt that light painting animation is a medium with a lot of room to grow in, and I hope that what I'm working on is breaking some new ground.

For those who don't know what light painting is, it is a long-exposure photographic technique that often involves using flashlights to selectively light the subjects and to provide beautiful, in-camera effects. There are many beautiful images throughout deviantART utilizing light painting this film is a hybrid of live-action HD video and light painting photography animation that is a tribute to the beauty of the medium. It is my attempt to make what are essentially moving photographs.

Many thanks go out to catsagecat :iconcatsagecat: (Harmony Sage Lawrence) for all her collaboration, love, and support during this exhausting but extremely fulfilling process (and for playing the frightening Light Spirit).

Additional thanks to fatsfazoul :iconfatsfazoul: (Trevor Hart) for all the time he gave for acting as the villainous Trapmaker, and to James Kupihea for his performance as the Swordmaster.

This film was shot entirely using a Canon 5D Mark II.

If you'd like to know more, a production blog is here: [link] but please feel free to ask or tell me anything as well!

Thank you for watching!
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"The Lightcrafter" Trailer by ~Obfuscated-Noodle is a great example of light painting animation. A excellently crafted piece. ( Featured by ArtisnotanAccident )
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Simon-P Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
@02:32Impressive stuff!
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks a bundle! Who knows, maybe one day we'll release something more complete from it all.
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xanidubia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for not commenting about the deviation but, How did you submit a video to here? What file type was it? I've been trying to submit videos of my 3D projects but it doesn't like them. Please help.
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
It's been a while, but I think I saved it as a QuickTime .mov using the H.264 codec. Try these guides and see if that solves the issues:

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Hope those help. And best of luck! If you have further questions, I'm here.
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xanidubia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help but it's still not working. I'd upload and it'd call it UNKNOWN instead of MOV and it would tell me that the category that I have selected is incorrect. wtf any more help you could spare time for, please?
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Hmmm... what program are you using to export your movie files from?
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xanidubia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
iMovie > Share > Export with QuickTime
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Did you use the correct settings in the Expert Settings option? H.264 codec, 128 bit AAC audio in 44.1?

Also, in case the category you're submitting to is the problem, be sure it's under the "Film & Animation" medium.

If you're still having trouble with the file itself working, I'd suggest exporting an uncompressed version out of iMovie and dropping it into MPEG Streamclip (free, and great!) - from there, you can definitely export a file with the right settings. Let me know if that works for you.
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xanidubia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeeaaaaah. Nothings working. I don't think they take videos anymore. I'm just going to post photos of what the videos are of. Which are of all-around visually stimulating pieces of art and it would have been great to present them by video. Thanks for your help. Go ahead and check out my art, you'll enjoy the hilarity and concept.
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Sorry to hear that. I would be very, very surprised if deviantART doesn't take videos anymore though. If you ask me, while I can't fully pinpoint your problem, I'm pretty sure there's some codec/wrapper issues with your file.

Tell you what. If you send me a download link to your file (Dropbox, Megaupload, etc. -- and the less compressed the file is, the better), I will gladly take a look at it and do something on my end to compress it to the settings that should work here, and I'd send the working version back to you for your gallery. Just send me a note if you're interested.
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angelStained Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Writer
@03:07I've showed this is my friends! (: It's of course the WOW COOL type (:
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
@03:07Great, thank you for sharing!
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Darc-Axl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Mega- omfg awesome!
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Glad you think so! Can't go wrong with light painting animation.
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Darc-Axl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Mega- theres no way in hell you can do that wrong^^
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DreJay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@03:07This was quite fantastic =] I'm not sure if my annotations showed up, so if they didn't, I'd be more than happy to share again.

As before, this was very creative =] I very much enjoyed!
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:07Thank you very much! And yes, I see two annotations of yours, assuming there weren't any additional ones that got lost. Thanks for the feedback! Hope to finish this someday...
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DreJay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No that was all! Keep me posted on any developments with your film =]
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DreJay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@02:48The lightpainting for the title pages are wonderful :D
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DreJay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@00:28I love the disappearing of the hand. It makes for wonderful intrigue. I'm still curious where the hand came from...
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Guardianofthenight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   General Artist
@03:02I love the music and it is very fitting. Nice job! :)
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:02Good to hear! The music came together at the last minute... pulled a crazy all-nighter with the co-composer getting things done in time for the screening it preceded. Wasn't sure what the end result was going to sound like, but I like how it all came out.
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lttlmonkey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist
@02:59Melissa Jones??
how do you know Melissa Jones?!??
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Temperate-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
@02:59Melissa Jones from Shelton, WA, if so yes. =)
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Xecaria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:03This is amazing! You did a great job. I would see the movie as well.
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:03Thank you! Ignore that bit about "coming 2009," add a handful of extra numbers to that and hopefully you'll have the release date. Hopefully...
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FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:07That was great! I really liked it. :)
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:07Glad to hear, thank you!
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xPicturez Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:03Awesome trailer! I'd definitely see the movie ^^
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:iconseanthedandy:
SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:03I hope I can finish it for you, then!
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
@03:07:clap: Interesting theme and as far as I seen, I be the movie will be as awesome as the trailer! ;)
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
@03:07Thanks! If the movie ever does get finished, I hope to deliver something quite a bit more awesome than what's on display here.
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I really hope you'll manage to make something fantastic! ;)
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WithSongsOfDefeat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness! This is so great! I accidentally stumbled upon this looking for long takes, but this is so much better.

I love the transitions, and the light painting, and just... everything.

(Albeit I'm a bit bias towards fantasy/dream worlds as I completely love the idea of a dream world, and different realms and such)

I think this a really creative take on the concept of dream worlds, and the like. I would love to see more (if you haven't already made more).

Good luck with all your endeavors. I checked out your gallery, and it's all so good!

You have a real talent.
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SeantheDandy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you so much! Of all my film projects, this one has easily taken the most work per shot and had the least amount of exposure, so I really appreciate the comments.

I worked on this throughout much of 2009 but unfortunately the film came to a screeching halt due to several issues... I wasn't satisfied with the look of having video next to the stop-motion segments, and the amount of computer effects in a couple scenes (to assemble the light painting components) became way too much work that was beyond my ability in that realm.

A new big project took my attention away from it, so the whole thing lies unfinished on my hard drive, though almost all of it was shot. Someday I might return to it and do what I can with the footage though. I hate not following through with something, especially when it takes so much effort!
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vicefoo2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
@03:07Nice. This intrigued me quite a bit, it looks like it will be really great, good concept!
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croonstreet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
@03:07it sure did wet my appetite for more! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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fatsfazoul Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oi, you know its good cause' I'm in it! Nah', all kidding aside, this Obfuscated-Noodle fellow is a stand up guy, and a talented filmmaker to boot. Please don't make fun of my big hair...
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sixstringninja Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:07Oh man, Sean, it looks as though you may really have outdone yourself this time. I mean, it's no Leadfinger, but...

Seriously though, can't wait to see it.

Much love to all you up there!
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