Monday, March 09, 2015

00682 Rockets from the nether

And as if by magic I have brought the Instarockets in to the real world (via Shapeways) so they can be put in a box.

This is what they look like right now.




So imagine that king of thing ... but in a box.

With lights in.

Inside the rockets.

And the planet.

You get the idea.

Monday, March 02, 2015

00681 InstaRockets

Instead of doing something practical this weekend, I wasted a couple of hours making this for Instagram theme "on repeat":

What a square.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

00680 Zoetropes

So I got to making another spinner, this time with a stepper motor and sticking images from After Effects on the platter and filming them with a bright light and a high shutter speed, so that they work like a zoetrope of the olden days. Turned out nice:

And here's the images that made two of the animations:

Zoetrope Mountains

Zoetrope Rockets

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

00679 Spinny spinner

Stick a motor on a bit of wood and screw it into another bit of wood, glue a big bit of cardboard to the top and program an arduino with a MOSFET to control the motor speed.

And ... SPIN!





Spinner speed controller  Spinner motor setup

Lindsay's card

And repeat.

Friday, January 16, 2015

00677 Balls

Secret Santa this year and the anti's been upped. It's a man in a box picking up balls of light. As usual.


Balls  Balls





Balls  Balls

0676 Video wallpaper

Comes in 5m rolls, 80 cm width.

Used for a dance night down the road. Also an experiment into taking large text files and flowing them over the top of video. I thought about sticking the whole of a film script over the top, as it's just a copy/paste kind of thing, but in the end 80's song lyrics seemed more appropriate. As they always do.

The paint in water stuff is from the last post. The ripples underwater are from my bath:


Ripple rig

0675 Video stuff

I completely forgot to post up the experiments with paint and water, as well as any 3D stuff I'd done (which wasn't much, as most of it's work stuff).

So here's the paint and water things:

A video posted by Lenny (@thisguycalledlenny) on

A video posted by Lenny (@thisguycalledlenny) on

It's the plastic packaging from my GoPro, filled with water, stuck in front of a black background and lit with my bike light. Filmed with a 5D mk2 and a 100mm macro, then messed with in After Effects.

The other bit is some car headlights from Cinema 4D and it's just a test to see how to make trails in After Effects:

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Monday, January 12, 2015

00674 Scottish Holiday Videos are GO

Generally, when I'm in Scotland on Holiday, I make a film of the whole thing.

When I'm not in Scotland, I don't.

There are limits.

00673 Because Mandala

Sometime I just draw Mandalas:


But most of the time I don't bother.

0672 Tip in the box

When you go to a restaurant, you should always tip your waiter

... by making a little box and putting money in it, along with a note asking your waiter to text "yes" if they find the money.

... and then making a bigger box and putting the smaller box inside it.


I do it all the time now.

... well, once anyway.

0671 Scottish Pooh Sticks

Scottish pooh sticks are go!


Glenmore this Summer.