Discussion in 'Off-Topic & Chit Chat' started by kassidybc, Oct 26, 2014.
Looks great Rdog.
We're trying to work on something but LOL Blossom, whilst able to do beginner tricks by herself, get's carried away when I try to work her with Leafy She's more in play mode than trick mode. Plus we've had to work inside, but if it stays cooler, we can work outside late afternoon. Also the light will, I hope, be softer then. Day time way to much glare to get decent photos or videos and they would stand out against the others too much.
I'm trying to get Leaf to do sit pretty, which she does easily, holding the parcel in her mouth, while Blossom takes it out and unwraps it - but it's not quite working out as I envisage it to Ms. B is ripping the parcel and generally playing up like mad! Then Leaf catches the play bug and decides holding anything in her mouth is a total bore, playing with Blossom is MUCH more fun!
How on earth did Zac get mud on his bandana in the car???? That's an amazing 'trick' but one I'm sure you could live without! Yes, thank goodness it wasn't cow muck, that's hard to get off and stinks very badly too.
It looks grand RD. I can see what you mean about the light and shade, but you've had to work with dog photos all taken in different places, times etc. so it would be virtually impossible to get them all the same. I doubt anyone is going to notice it, unless you point it out of course, because the dogs all look so cute.
Personally I think you've done a great job. I once worked on a big project too with dogs and cats and brother it's not easy to get the proportions and lighting looking absolutely right.
Woman proposes Dog dis-proposes! To mis-quote a well known saying. I had proposed to have Leaf sit pretty with the parcel in her mouth, while Blossom's role was to attempt to destroy the parcel etc. in true puppy style.
However, the Diva has point blank refused, after many training attempts on my part, to hold anything like a parcel in her dainty little mouth. Honestly guys if you could see the turned up and slight away nose and the LOOK of pure unadulterated disgust on her face, you would understand why I have given up. Leaf is not in the foreseeable future going to hold a parcel in her mouth .
So in sheer desperation I turned to Blossom. Thinking the best I could hope for would be she'd ripped it up I tried hold. To my utmost surprise my little girl (who's just turned 3 months old) held the 'parcel' in her mouth! She was so good, did run off a little but dropped it the moment I said "give". I'm stunned!
We are now working on a new act. Leaf 'says her prayers the parcel with arrive safely' and then Blossom takes the parcel in her mouth, may run about a bit, but will then drop the parcel when cued. Have to polish the act a little. Get Blossom to drop the parcel at Leaf's paws or something, but that's the general idea now.
Also, we may shoot on the beach at twilight, the lighting may be better there. Plus thought, if possible, will get Blossom coming out of the ocean (no chance of Leaf doing that) as if the parcel had come from overseas which most of you are anyway. But our weather is very bad at present, now severe storms have been forecast, so we may be a little over the deadline. Sorry about this, we've tried hard to make the deadline and I personally hate being late, but cannot do anything about the weather.
Bandanas. Still cannot get Blossom to wear one at all. She's not co-operating on this whilst Leaf will wear one without any fuss. Any suggestions would be appreciated on this trick.
I have a bandana for Missy to wear. What kind of 'parcel' do we need to train these tricks with? A box, envelope etc.? Any ideas would be much appreciated!
I absolutely love the photo R_Dog!!! Of course the lighting is not perfect, but I think it looks great!
I was also wondering this.
For looking sadly at the photo I could have her look at or touch the photo, then do her "head down" trick, where she sets her head down on the ground, which could possibly achieve the sadness look. Chloe loves opening things, so I could have her open the parcel too. I'll work on "getting the mail", but I'm going to have to use my friend's mailbox since my mailbox is across the road, and its a pretty busy road. I already have a bandana like that, now I just have to find it. If you guys have any more ideas for tricks for this then we can see if Chloe already knows them, or I can just teach her new tricks for this. We need some motivation to learn new tricks anyway.
You are doing great, you are working through problems that I suspect most of the rest of us will start to come across this weekend! I have my ideas but I haven't tried to explain them to Zac yet. Also you are working two dogs which is tremendously challenging in itself. All your effort so far has put me to shame.
I have a feeling it is silly to waste a lot of time teaching Blossom to wear a bandana when I'm guessing this is just a puppy stage she is going through. Why not play with the idea she won't wear the bandana? When my niece was small she dragged a bit of soft fabric "clothie" around with her everywhere. That could be a really funny way to tackle it - have the bandana become Blossom's clothie - especially as Blossom is cooperating with hold! Show Leaf wearing the bandana and Blossom running off with her's in her mouth.
At the next stage interspersed throughout the other dogs (all wearing bandanas and doing cool stuff) we could have a bandanaless Blossom running all over looking for her lost bandana (and maybe trying to steal Leaf's bandana) before she finally finds hers again and comes hurtling towards the camera carrying it in her mouth. I honestly think that would steal the show .
I remember thinking at one point we needed to agree this and then promptly forgot
Shall we keep it simple - a white A5 envelope?
That all sounds really good Kassidy
I hate to ask this, but is there anyway to extend the deadline till next Friday. I have a family member who is in the hospital, so I spent a few days at her house taking care of my cousin who lives with her. This week has been chaos with my family member in the hospital. Plus I just started my first job today. If you can't extend the deadline I understand and will try to get the video in, but can't guarantee that I will.
Are the videos due tomorrow? Or do we just need to have the bandanna by then?
I can't remember! I'll go look... I thought we had another week before the videos...
Yes! Here is the relevant part of the original post -
So... bandanas and a pretty good idea of what you are going to film by today (8th Jan)
Deadline for section 1 videos is the 15th, obviously we can stretch that deadline to the weekend but lets try to at least get started before the 15th unless (like Danielle) we have a really really good reason not to! Apart from anything else it'll be great fun to look at each other's videos!
Danielle, of course you can send in the video later, maybe take a little longer than next Friday if you need to, don't ever feel bad about asking. I only set the deadlines because without them people like me were never going to get started! I really hope your family member is well soon and that your new job goes well.
Well here's some pictures of Chloe with her bandanna (not sure why the pictures are sideways, It seems to always do that when I send the pictures from my phone...)
Tried to get one of her sitting pretty, and she decided to stick her tongue out! Lol I laughed so hard when I saw this picture!
Yes, totally agree on having deadlines. It keeps everyone working to try and get it in on time.
Chloe looks very cute in her bandanna.
I just noticed that in the sit pretty picture, you can really see his eyebrows! LOL that's so cute!
Should we have a note inside the envelope? If so, any idea what it should say?
There was supposed to be a note which the dogs read but that is only revealed to the viewer at the very end saying "See you next year".
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