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THX1138 Flees the Chrome-Faces

I’ve taken a little break from yesterday’s GIF (it’s a little bit busy here) but thought I’d take a few minutes to work on this little pursuit GIF from the same film, a scene where THX1138 (played by Robert Duvall) flees the motor-bike riding Chrome Faced Officers — THX 1138 has a fancy car that goes real fast.

"THX1138 Flees the Chrome-Faces" animated GIF by aforgrave

“THX1138 Flees the Chrome-Faces” animated GIF by aforgrave

If you’ve not seen George Lucas’ debut feature film from 1971, you should. THX1138 (wikipedia entry, official website entry) is visually and aurally spectacular — right up there with Kubrick’s 2001 in terms of visuals, ground-breaking effects, and surreal commentary on society. Were it not for the incredible influence, pop-culture impact, and groundbreaking technical effects that Lucas’ Star Wars movies have had in the years since, one might ask “what the heck happened to Lucas after he made THX1138 — and why did he devote so much of his subsequent career to making popcorn-fodder? (I say that having truly enjoyed the Star Wars films — but in terms of ideas — they’re not in the same league as THX1138.) A little research just now informs me that the film version that I have seen (released for home video, the Director’s Cut) was updated in 2004 to add some new effects — so a little bit is newer than the 1971 original — but all told adding only an extra 2 minutes to the film’s running time.

I’ll return to GIF more of this film another day — but for now, enjoy this great chase scene. Are they gaining yet?

Helping out Officer Chrome Face

These are workable looping GIFs that are portions of what I hope will be a more complete GIF. This poor Chrome-face robot officer from THX1138 is having problems dancing with the wall.

Due to a slight adjustment of the camera angle during filming, Chrome-face’s feet aren’t fully visible at the beginning of the shot, but they are visible at the end. Looping the full set of frames emphasizes the camera shift at the jump. Gonna see if good old photoshop can help fix that without any messy visual artifacts. That’s the goal for the final GIF.

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face 2b

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face 2b

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face 5b

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face 5b

Here’s the challenge — the variation in the camera tilt between the start and the end of the sequence.

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face - The Challenge

Malfunctioning Officer Chrome Face – The Challenge

More to come.

Next step -- a frame freed of Officer Chrome-Face (composited to provide constant and unchanging high and low borders from the frames shared in the preceding GIF.

Next step — a frame freed of Officer Chrome-Face (composited to provide constant high and low borders from the frames shared in the preceding GIF.

This image will be used as a mask to provide a constant frame of reference, with vertical adjustments within the mask to minimize the perception that the image tilt exists. I’m concerned about introducing non-existing movements of the background in fiddling with the frame alignment — but I’m going to try… Worst case scenario, I’ll post the full sequence as-is with the visible tilt/jump in place. But first, I’m hoping to be able to resolve it.

Again, more to follow.

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