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Author Topic: My Latest kite (and movie)  (Read 1804 times)
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« on: August 08, 2010, 12:50 PM »

Hi Guys - I'm new to this forum, hello!, but some of you might have seen my kites before. I've just finished another one, so I thought I'd join and let you know about it.

If I've been quiet these last few weeks and months, this is why. This is the is the latest, and last, in my series of Calvin & Hobbes kites, and it's taken me near on six months, on and off.

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At times I felt my spirits flagging, thinking I'd taken on too complex a design on too small a kite. I had this design in mind from the very start, way back when I was building the kite featured in my first kite making video but the complexity was daunting and I didn't feel able to tackle it back then. I'm glad I waited.

I learned a lot making those earlier Calvin & Hobbes kites; filming and writing about the process helped too - and so, back at the start of 2010 I started work on this one. Strictly speaking it's not a Calvin & Hobbes kite, as Hobbes doesn't appear, and Calvin's appearance is a brief daydream.

In typical Calvin fashion he's ignoring his teacher whilst sat as his school desk: instead of the tedious business of learning he's off traveling the galaxy as his alter ego, Spaceman Spiff.

I've tried to tell a story with this kite. In much the same way as Bill Watterson used to in the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, this kite has a distinct narrative; the three sections following on from each other. Foil kites can't be seen in the round when flying. The back presents one side or the other, depending on the direction of flight, effectively separating imagery into two distinct halves; you never get to see both. Whereas the front foreshortens images into one complete whole.

So with this one, Calvin daydreams his way through the school day on the first half of the back, and takes to his flying saucer as Spaceman Spiff on the other. The front features the inevitable conclusion of his space-faring: being shot down by aliens (which usually coincides with a rude awakening by his teacher).

The making of this kite fell into to two phases; prompted by the popularity of my first kite making film. There was the process of making the kite itself, and that of documenting it. I decided very early on that I would make a special effort to improve on that first film.

I'd done the informative "this is how I do it" film, and written a very detailed blog of the process from start to finish. So this film takes a different tack. I doubt very much that you'll be any the wiser about how exactly I go about making these kites after you've seen it. I hope instead you'll begin to understand how it makes me feel, making and flying my own kites, and knowing that each one is unique (that's code for "heavy on drama, light on information").

One of the other reasons this kite, and film, has taken much longer than I'd at first hoped, was that I switched from Final Cut Express to Final Cut Pro, and invested Adobe After Effects, meaning that I faced an unpleasantly steep learning curve. It was worth it though. I finally feel like I know exactly how to get the result I want; rather than trying to cobble together the footage I happen to have shot that day, I now know what I want before the camera comes out of the bag. The downside? Well, I could always do with a better camera...

Hope you like the movie, and the kite: photos to follow...
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 01:11 PM »

inspirational.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010, 01:57 PM »

Awesome! again. Fantastic kites, thanks for sharing.

I still can't believe that amount of detail in so many separate panels and you get it to all match up. I have issues with centerlines on stunters  Embarrassed

And where are you getting the flesh color? Are you using balloon fabrics?



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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2010, 02:18 PM »

Glad you like it!

The flesh colour is from Vliegerop, a kite wholesale company based in the Netherlands. When I get a chance I'll dig out the reference number and post it up here. I use Chikara ripstop, which is a 45 gsm material: not sure if it's used for balloons, but it's been Flexifoil's material of choice for a while now. As it's lighter than the original Ozone material the kite actually flys a little faster than the original donor kite.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2010, 02:22 PM »

 Cheesy LOVE IT!

Coolest foil I've ever seen, hands down. Great vid, and amazing turnout.

Kudos!
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2010, 04:40 PM »

Well done on the video and the kite is stunning. Congrats.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010, 08:31 PM »

I am truly humbled.

Wow, on every level.  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2010, 08:57 PM »


I can honestly say, these movies of yours are the most amazing kite related films I 've seen.

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010, 09:19 PM »

I`m sure I`ve seen one of your C+H`s kite making of vids before and was blown away then...I`m stunned now...
Bravo!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2010, 03:59 AM »

Wow!  That must have taken an hour or two  Cheesy Grin

Have been thinking of doing an entire first kite project and was pondering about how to handle the curved panels.  You make it look easy.

Nice work indeed!
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010, 04:23 AM »

 Huh Huh Huh ........ Grin

WOW
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2010, 04:53 AM »

hot dang...good to see another one!!!!!
can you give the blog's address out? i would love to read it!
found it..... www.kj-kites.com
Nice job on the kite nice job on the film!

are you flying on handles or a bar?
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2010, 05:10 AM »

btw: here is the link to the first of Keiron's calvin and hobbes kite that i came across last october and posted about here....
http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=1866.0
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2010, 04:44 PM »

Yes that`s the vid I have seen before....thanks (again) thief.
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