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I want to create a large (100+) set of etchings, then scan the prints and turn them into an animated short video.

I want to create a large (100+) set of etchings, then scan the prints and turn them into an animated short video. Read More
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This etching suite and resulting video would tell the tale of a voyage by one (or more) of the characters that show up in my work (see http://raymaseman.com for examples). The most likely candidate is something like the images at http://newgroundsprintshop.com/members/active/maseman/leverage.jpg or http://newgroundsprintshop.com/members/active/maseman/emigre.jpg (pictured above).

The etchings would each be approximately 4" x 4" in size. Each individual etching (or cell) would be printed in an edition of 10 plus an artist's proof. The artist's proofs of each edition will be scanned/digitized and become the building blocks of the video. Although I will be able to use some images more then once, I doubt the video will be longer than a minute or so. A musical audio track will provide more atmosphere. Dialog and narration will be subtitled in the manner of a silent film.

I normally create 10-15 new images in a year, in limited editions of 25-40 prints. Creating 100 or more in a short amount of time is a whole new undertaking. However, last summer I discovered that I can go from pencil sketch and blank copper plate to finished, small, one-color, editioned etching in less than a day.
That realization, together with seeing the linomations of Mark Andrew Webber (http://www.markandrewwebber.com), led to the idea of this project. Of course, ideas are a dime a dozen. Copper, ink, and paper cost more. In this case, about $5-$10 per ten print edition. The time is even pricier. It's hard to put a number on that, but I estimate that just creating 100 etching plates and making ten prints from each will either take a solid month or a half year of weekends. After that there is still the scanning and editing.

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    Your name at the top of the credits of the video, a DVD of the video, and a full set of all 100 prints from the project.

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