Posts Tagged ‘呸英语教程’

再介绍几个有趣的停格动画

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

停格动画,又叫定格动画,英文是stop motion,就是把物体一格格拍下来,每一格都做细微的运动,这样连起来播放,就产生运动的电影效果。

停格动画是最古老的电影形式,据维基百科考证,早在1902年就诞生了。这种拍电影的方式虽然原始,但运用得当,却能产生梦幻的效果。黑客帝国第一部,崔尼蒂跳起来旋转360度踢飞警察的镜头,就是用这种方式拍摄的。

看了莫非推荐的《45部停格动画短片》,我发现定格动画三定律。即:最吸引人的停格短片有且只有三种:

第一种是关于美女的。这非常好理解,因为用定格的方式,可以把光影和色彩的细微变化运用到极致,加上忽而聚焦,忽而失焦,更有一种如梦如寐的感觉。废话少说,请看大屏幕,很著名的一个MV《Long Gone》。这部片子是用一台Nikon D200单反相机,拍了45000张照片做成的。NND,一般相机的快门寿命只有10万次,拍完这个片子,这相机基本废了,你说,能不好看吗?

第二种是展示人体特技的。由于停格动画,可以在每一帧都停下来摆布被拍摄的对象,因此,可以制造出种种令人难以置信的镜头,比如把人体当成滑板,比如单脚滑行。下面这一部《Tony vs Paul》,就是此类片的代表作。

第三类是关于食物的。这可能因为很多人把烹调看成神奇的魔术,配上停格动画的技法,就更加神乎其神了。比如下面这个意大利面条,把一堆不能吃的东西,拍成了一锅美食。

我最不喜欢的就是模仿游戏的停格动画,因为停格动画最怕的就是重复和枯燥。

如果你想了解更多停格动画的知识,请看这个中文网页

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呸英语v1.0第一课

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

【编者按】呸英语是由我主编的一个英语小教程,试发过两期之后,反响并不太好,只因为选编的材料太难。吸收大家的意见,我决定降低教程的难度。呸英语的宗旨是,选取平易而优美的英文,慢慢消除坏英语(比如:商业英语、政客英语、劣质的新闻英语)在读者身上的影响。

如何写一封安慰信。How to write a letter of sympathy.

面对灾患和不幸,语言是乏力的。但是我们的关心有这样的能力,它使我们遭受不幸的朋友能够明白到底发生了什么,能够在困难中有所依靠,能够知道他们并不孤独。

写安慰信是有秘诀的–A letter of sympathy is also a letter of empathy, helping people get through tough times by showing them that they are not alone. They gain strength from knowing another person (you, the writer) has gone through something similar and survived, or at least understand what is happening and how they feel about it.

下面这封信,就是一个范例。从信中可知,这是一位uncle写给niece的信,Arnie由于生病,无法作为主角参加演出,失望之情可想而知。Uncle写了这封信安慰她。信虽然短,但是逻辑严密,层层递进,而且不乏淡淡的幽默和真情流露。下面我们来看这封优美的安慰信。

Dear Arnie,

Your brother told me that, despite a great audition, you didn’t get the lead in the senior play.
But as the understudy, you should learn the role as if you did have the lead. After all, people
get sick. (They even break legs — hence the show-business expression, “Break a leg!”)

And even if you do not act in this show, mastering such a difficult role as Robespierre will
serve you well in your future acting endeavors.

I had a similar situation in school, though in a different area: I wanted to be editor of the school
paper, but the teacher in charge picked another student.

I was crushed, but kept writing — and as you know, I now have a regular column in my industry
trade paper. So persistence pays!

By the way, it’s time you came into New York to see your old uncle. Pick whichever Broadway
show you want. The tickets, and a great dinner, are on me — my treat.

Feel better, smile, and keep up your spirits. You are great, and that’s all that matters!

Sincerely,
Uncle Andy

(选自:Robert W. Bly: Webster’s New World Letter Writing Handbook, 2004, p.42)

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《呸英语》第二课上线

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

在各位网友们的支持下,《呸英语》第二课上线了,本课的原著选读的是《圣经之约伯记》。请大家前往指导。

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