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MidnightOil

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About MidnightOil

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    Assembler

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  • Website URL
    https://midnightoilstudios.org

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  • FirstName
    John
  • LastName
    Fraim
  • IPMS Number
    50960
  • Local Chapter
    Rickenbacker
  • City
    Columbus
  • State
    Ohio
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    New Albany, Ohio
  • Interests
    Dioramas that comment on current pop culture and society, often in a humorous way.

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  1. Thanks much Mark. It was really fun to make this. John
  2. A revolution in LED lighting is occurring now. One of the big topics at the major photography show this year was RGB LED lights. For the first time, photographers and filmmakers have the ability to precisely control the lighting of their scenes. They are no longer limited to using and mixing color temperatures and gels together to create an entire new spectrum of color and effects in their scenes. An important new tool for modeling and diorama photography! Read my full review on my blog at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/08/24/a-magic-light/
  3. The figures in our dioramas have mounted a protest against Midnight Oil Studios and have gathered in front of our offices with signs. See our latest post on our site at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/08/10/studio-protest/
  4. Thanks Peter. Didn't think I was a kidnapper. I do this so not to reinvent the old wheel but you're right ... I need to show the build on the IPMS site. Good point. John
  5. See our review of the incredible book Strange Worlds on the visionary dioramas of Matthew Albanese at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/07/31/the-illusionist/. Train Wreck - Matthew Albanese
  6. This dioramas is based on the opening scene from the 1971 book Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. See our website at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/07/25/fear-loathing/ for background and to see how this was created.
  7. See my latest post on our website at ... https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/07/25/fear-loathing/ Best, John
  8. Matthew Albanese: Modeler & Photographer Matthew Albanese’s fascination with film, special effects and movie magic—and the mechanics behind these illusions—began early. Born in northern New Jersey in 1983, Albanese spent a peripatetic childhood moving between New Jersey and upstate New York. An only child, Albanese enjoyed imaginative, solitary play. He loved miniatures and created scenarios intricately set with household objects and his extensive collection of action figures. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the State University of New York, Purchase, A
  9. One of the biggest changes in technology in creating models and dioramas is the wide variety of different inexpensive lights available to modelers today. You used to have to be somewhat of an electrician to wire the lights in models but today, many lights are battery-operated LEDs. The photo shows just some of the choices. I use most of these to light my dioramas. The square black light at the left top corner is a Litra light and I use these as photography lights. They come with filters and offer outstanding photographic light. (See the Litra site at https://litra.com)
  10. “Norman Wouldn’t Hurt A Fly” – Box Diorama Inside the Studio by Nick Infield Thinking Inside the Box Few would argue that Sheperd Paine was the greatest modeler and dioramist of the modern world. His amazing figures and models appeared as photos on model kits and motivated an entire generation of model-makers. His ideas about what could be done with dioramas opened up entire new areas to model-making and revived the old art-form of box dioramas. Shep was many things to many people but to me he was really a great illusionist. In his famous book How to Build Dioramas (Kalmbach Boo
  11. Box Dioramists: Masters of Illusion "The same objects look bent and straight when seen in and out of water ... and every kind of deception like this is clearly present in our soul." Plato, The Republic (380 BC) There is a small group of modelers out there today called dioramists. In effect, they are the greatest creators of that genre in modeling known as "dioramas" or models contained within a particular context rather than presented alone or on a stand. Dioramas offer the modeling these "contextual environments" for kit models or (increasingly) 3D printed models. Within the ge
  12. "Norman Wouldn't Hurt A Fly" - Inside a Studio Box Diorama by Nick Infield Creating a Desktop Studio / Thinking Inside the Box Few would argue that Sheperd Paine was the greatest modeler and dioramist of the modern world. His amazing figures and models appeared as photos on model kits and motivated an entire generation of model-makers. His ideas about what could be done with dioramas opened up entire new areas to model-making and revived the old art-form of box dioramas. Shep was many things to many people but to me he was really a great illusionist. In his famous book How to Bu
  13. One of the benefits of creating box dioramas is the ability to control perspective. The topic of forced perspective is covered in both Shep Paine's How to Build Dioramas and Ray Anderson's The Art of the Diorama. In my diorama Witness, I attempted to create forced perspective outside the "box" so to speak. The diorama was inspired by the movie Close Encounters of a Third Kind and a modeling theme of my particular IPMS chapter to create something from the movies. I envisioned a witness to the event who has pulled his car off the highway in the mountains and observes a roadblock on the highway b
  14. I've been using HDR for a number of years. Here is an outside photo I made of one of my models. You have to be careful not to overdo in Photomatix Pro. See outher HDR photos of dioramas I've made at https://midnightoilstudios.org/dioramas/. Some HDR, some are not.
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