Saturday, June 30, 2012

At the dock in Legend Lake

Last night Molly and me (when we were at Legend Lake also known as Molly's lake house) were taking Alyssa and Kaya out to the dock for a photo shoot. We took some  pictures and stayed out late until we got bored. In the end, we took 167 photos. Here are some examples:




I'm Going to the Olympic Trials!

... Specifically, gymnastics tomorrow. I'm wondering if any of you want me to write a post on stuff that happens there-- what do you want, specifically?

Also, how many of you are going to watch the McKenna movie on NBC? Or get the DVD? I figure I don't have the money for the DVD (if I want to get a laptop at some point in HS), so I'll watch it live.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Preview...

What do you think is going on here?

Zoe's dolls


                                   Sorry this is only one out of 2 of my dolls. Meet Kaya!

Wow.

If you haven't seen yet, the AG website has just released a ton of new stuff. Here are some of my favorites:

- The Allergy-Free Lunch-- Although this could be easily made with clay for way less money, the idea is still pretty cool.
- The new meet outfit-- It doesn't have a link (you have to buy an entire doll), but the accessories set is pretty cool.
- The Volleyball Set for Dolls (+ Charm)-- This is a personal favorite because I play volleyball. They retired the old set, so I'm glad they've made another.
- The new additions to the doll hospital-- AG has expanded their services to wellness visits (like a quick clean), insertion of doll-sized hearing aids (they're permanently attached to the doll), and dolls without hair. I like the fact that they're trying to reach out to kids with cancer and hearing difficulties.
- The Service Dog Set-- Once again, trying to reach out to people with disabilities. I don't know if it's going to work horribly well in terms of profit, but it's nice that they're trying.

Did you like anything that they released today?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Filming: Day 2

Well, I guess it's not filming in the full sense of the word, as it is all stop motion... But here are some more pics I took. 
Today was the first day of actual significant filming. The other day was messing with the camera, as well as taking a couple of filler shots/intros for YouTube.


I finally started writing out a script-like thing. It's really just notes on what people should say in each scene, but I figured it would be better to take pictures of the notes in case I lost them. 


Another random shot of feet. It displays particularly well the sort of feel I was trying to get by shooting when the sun was going down, kind of dark and tense. There was too much light coming in from the window, however, and it doesn't look so great on the dolls.


Cast change! I got the three dolls from my friend (another post entirely...) and we decided that Kirsten made a better guy than Jane. Unfortunately, her braid stick out awkwardly.

I'm planning on getting some green butcher paper for a green screen, but it's kind of hard to find large quantities of bright green paper. If you happen to know where I might buy some, can you tell me? It'll make chases and such a lot easier, and ultimately more realistic.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Two New Followers+Promos

Hey-
So we've got two followers *clap clap clap*. And as I said in this post here, we'll promote anyone who follows us.

First up, we've got Katie from McKenna Girl of the Year. She'd like you to enter her contest, which is pretty cool. I've entered :D

Next, we've got Emma from Camp AG. She's also got a bunch of other blogs that she's joined, so you should check out her profile on the sidebar.

Here's a shiny web button just for you! I'll be making a better one later, hopefully :).

-Michelle

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Official Movie Poster

WIP movie poster. I don't really like all the grey; it seems to blend in too much

More Photos from Today's Filming











It was very windy today, and knocked down my dolls :/.

Doll Photography

I took a bunch of photos today because I was able to get permission to use my parents' Nikon. This is probably one of the best pictures I've ever taken. :)

I'll be posting more, as well as some BTS photos from the bits of stop motion I did today.

Oh, and...

... I'm not going to be on much because I've got marching band (must... memorize... music....), the movie (I'll post behind the scenes photos when I can), and possible summer camps to attend.

The Operation is Never Dead Soundtrack

I'm starting to put together the soundtrack for my AG movie using GarageBand loops (how lazy of me...). Currently, filming isn't going so well as my camera basically died and we still haven't found paper to make a green screen. However, I did make a slate (aka clapperboard), and do some early shooting before the camera died. The quality isn't that great, so I'm borrowing a camera from someone else. I'm also borrowing my friend's dolls, because I only have two, which is definitely not enough to make a good movie.


Friday, June 22, 2012

AG collage con't


This is my example and the to do this you have to glue old pics or words of an old AG mag or catalog onto a piece of regular or construction paper. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Check this out!

I found this awesome post about Caroline Abbott-- it looks like it's the blog for the writer of her books.

http://sitesandstories.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/creating-caroline-abbott-an-american-girl/

You may want to follow this, as more information may be forthcoming. :)

We'll Promote Your Blog!

If you'd like your AG blog to be promoted on here, either through a web button or a one-post feature, please do either of the following:

A) Comment on this post with the URL of this blog,
OR
B) Follow this blog

PLEASE, only AG doll blogs.

Make A Mockingjay Pin for Your Dolls

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you how to make a mockingjay pin out of polymer clay for your doll.
You will need: 
  • Wire (I used some bracelet wire I got for my birthday)
  • A pointy tool of some sort
  • Two magnets or a pin with backing
  • Gold polymer clay (I used Sculpey III Jewelry Gold)
  • Wire cutters (not necessary, as you can use scissors, but extremely helpful)
  • Pliers (again, not necessary, but REALLY helpful.)
  • Toaster oven
  • Foil (to bake the clay on. Don't bake anything but clay on the piece of foil. You may want to cut only a small piece.)
  • Adult help, if you need it.


First, cut a piece of wire. Then form it into a circle using the pliers. 

Next, make a snake out of some of the polymer clay. Put the clay snake around the circle of wire and fold it over it (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that).... 

Next, make a little comma-like thing out of some other clay.

Make a small isosceles triangle out of clay.

Size comparison.
They will make the body and head of the mockingjay. 

Make two wing shapes. You probably want to roll out a chunk of clay and then take pieces and form them.

Using the pointy tool, put some feathers on the wings by pressing gently on the side of the tool into the clay. Repeat for everything except the top of the wing.

 Now you've got the wings, body, and head.

 Assemble the body and head on the ring.

 Place the wings on the mocking jay (I made mine a bit too large XP)

 NOTE: This is where it starts to get a little trick and involves a lot of fine motor skills. I strongly suggest that you ask an adult if you need help, as the pin falls apart quickly if you don't do it right. Anyways, make a small pointy triangle with a little dent for the tail.

 Place on mockingjay.

 Cut a small piece of wire. Put some clay around it, like you did for the circle of wire.
 Make an arrowhead.
 Attach the arrowhead to the piece of wire covered by clay.
 There! Your mockingjay is nearly complete.

Now you have to wait for it to bake...

 Once the baking is complete, put your pin or magnet on the back of the mockingjay using hot glue. NOTE: This is the time where you should DEFINITELY get someone to help you. I actually burned myself a little while making this tutorial. It was not fun, and kind of messed up the back of my pin.

 This is the way the magnet/pin backing will go on the back of the shirt, so when you turn it over...

 The mockingjay stays on the front!
Here's Jane wearing the mockingjay pin.

Tips to consider:
  • In this tutorial, I made the wings too long, so they were kind of smushed close together. You should try making your's a bit shorter.
  • TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) may be helpful in get parts to stick. The arrow fell off of mine quite a few times.
  • Try making mixtures of other colors to get a nice mockingjay color. I just used what I had. (I really need to get to Michaels)

Thanks for reading, and sorry for the poor picture quality!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

she came!

ALYSSA CAME!!!!!!!

Movie Trailer!

A spy movie I'm thinking of making with my dolls.

THE OPERATION IS NEVER DEAD
Starring
Natalie as Rebecca Cranson (Agent 47)
with
Jane as Wexel Mortif

Camera, Lighting, Directing, Script, Grip, Script Supervising, Sound
by
Michelle

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

cyber twins!

Does anyone want to be cyber twins with my MAG #55?!?!?!?!? There will be a contest if enough people want to.



-molly

Requests

Requests are welcome any time just comment! Just make sure we haven't posted it yet.

Look at our New Web Button!

I made a web button for our site. You can see it on the sidebar, or here:

IMPORTANT!: If you'd like to put this on your website, please use the code below and insert it into a HTML/JavaScript widget (for Blogger). Otherwise, stick it into the HTML on your website.



<pre><code>&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;a href="http://americangirldollsblogger.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"&gt; &lt;img src="http://i48.tinypic.com/2gumqzs.jpg" border="0" /&gt; &lt;/a&gt; </code></pre>


I'm also open to free commissions for web buttons. You can drop me a comment here, and I'll be sure to get back to you.

random!!!

So, I have a few random things that I would like to show you.

First, I made a doll chair out of straws and duct tape.

Crazy hairstyle on Kanani!

My doll bow and arrows.


-molly

Katniss' Reaping Dress


I made another Hunger Games outfit. This one is Katniss' Reaping dress. She's wearing the Our Generation Cowgirl Dress (backwards), Mary Janes I got awhile back for a Christmas gift, and her hair in a braid. 

Next up: The first interview dress.