Sometimes I make something for fun that Chris likes or that sparks a better idea and we execute a quick little project together that makes us happy.
This is an example of one of those small ideas:
When we put together crews to work on video projects, it’s always a mix of new talent and old friends from all different walks of life. One of the best parts of working in production, in my humble opinion, is getting to know the people you’re working with over the next few days or weeks. On set, the c-47 has always been a topic of conversation between crew members and clients alike. As a crew member, you’ve surely heard some piece of folklore pertaining to the c-47, passed from grips to producers and everyone in between over the years. As a client hearing foreign terms for things like stingers, sticks, dead cats and c-47s first result in a raised eyebrow, and (usually) an in-depth explanation.
I had made an illustration of a c-47 (clothespin) in a simple 2d style, then (as I’m known to do) I had to figure out how to make this thing move like the real thing. The original idea was a simple looping GIF (not JIF…it’s a “G”) because I have an obsession with seeing things move! Chris happened to like the general style and asked me to research the facts and add some more art for a quick visually appealing history lesson. We got to flex our creative muscles and learn something along the way…it beats digging ditches!
Your trusty Mercury Films Guru,