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Nov
23
Posted by Keith on November 23rd, 2016 at 10:25 am

I hate waste especially if I know something can be used for a future video. Should I throw away the couch I just used for one video? Should I throw away this new Tiffany lamp and side table? Thankfully I am only talking miniatures!

When I built a small hamster-sized set last year for a Friends “Central Perk” video I acquired some small dollhouse furniture at a shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One of these items was a cute brown two-seat couch. I never thought I would repurpose it so heavily. Here is how I used it in four different videos.

1. Hamster Friends

The  “Central Perk” coffee shop centerpiece is an ugly, fuzzy orange couch.

Friends Central Perk

So I took my new tiny brown couch…

Hamster Friends Couch

And painted it orange!

friends
After the shoot this small furniture set sat near my desk for many months , sometimes giving a place for  mini Fox Mulder and his Mario Bros. friends a place to kick back and have a drink after a long day of conspiracy hunting.

Fox Mulder on Couch

2. Hamster Things

Back in September I decided to recreate the now-iconic lightbulb filled Byers living room of Stranger Things. Their couch is more or less a light brown and had blanket and pillows thrown on it.

Stranger Things Season 1 Byres Couch

So I painted the orange “Central Perk” couch back to brown:

Hamster Things, Stranger Things Couch
My Mashable colleague Laura Vitto drew yellow lines on  a paper towel for the blanket and I gotta say it worked really well!

You can watch Hamster Things here.

3. Hamsterfeld

I recently recreated Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment in Seinfeld. One of his couches was somewhat of a  blue fabric. So I took the same couch from “Hamster Friends” and “Hamster Things” and painted it over once again for “Hamsterfeld“:

hamsterfeld couch by keith hopkin

What’s the deeeeeal with couches??!

4. Hamster Yule Log

And finally, here’s the same pre-painted one-seater from all of these videos that appears in “Hamster Yule Log”. It’s a 12 minute video you can throw up on your big screen on loop while you enjoy the holidays!

You can watch that one on a 4-hour loop here!

 

Hamster Yule Log by Keith Hopkin

Special thanks to the Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven for providing all of the talent to use all of this tiny furniture!

Where will I use this couch next??!!

Keith Hopkin Behind the Scenes with Hamster Friends

Nov
18
Posted by Keith on November 18th, 2016 at 8:41 am

100 Years of Pomeranian Beauty in 60 Seconds by Keith Hopkin

Quincy came by the Mashable studios again. This time she demonstrated the past 100 years of Pomeranian beauty. (Hint: Pomeranians have always been cute.)

Watch now and follow Quincy on Instagram and she will love you forever 🙂

Video by Keith Hopkin  & Laura Vitto

Have you had enough cute?  Watch this little rescue hamster from the Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven show us a thing or two about hamster beauty standards throughout the decades.  You’ll never believe what happens next!

Video by Keith Hopkin

 

Nov
08
Posted by Keith on November 8th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

I’ve done Friends with hamsters, Stranger Things with hamsters and Harry Potter with hamsters. So now check out my newest creation – Seinfeld with hamsters! Special thanks again to Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven for providing the excellent talent!

Hamsterfeld - Seinfeld with hamsters by Keith Hopkin

 

I had a lot of fun recreating this iconic set in miniature.  Look at that tiny kitchen!

Keith Hopkin, creator of Hamsterfeld Video

 

Look at this tiny little Mac computer Laura made!

Miniature Seinfeld Hamster office by Keith Hopkin

Kramer’s coffee table book about coffee tables that turns into a coffee table!

Hamterfeld by Keith Hopkin

I really wanted to get the details right 🙂

Hamster Seinfeld (Hamsterfeld) by Keith Hopkin

Sometimes I will do all of my building through the lens.

Hamsterfeld Behind the Scenes

Here’s a still from Seinfeld

Seinfeld

Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

Special thanks to Tommi Kelly for his musical rendition of the theme!

Sweet post from www.someecards.com

Oct
21
Posted by Keith on October 21st, 2016 at 9:02 am

Hamster Potter by Keith Hopkin

Last time I brought you”Hamster Things” (“Stranger Things” with hamsters!). Today I give you “Hamster Potter”! That’s right, “Harry Potter” with hamsters! Special thanks again to the  Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven for their adorable rescue hamsters!

Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

VFX by Loris Ravera

Here’s Laura putting some finishing touches on the “moving portraits” Hamster Potter set.

Laura Vitto on set of Hamster Potter

Oct
07
Posted by Keith on October 7th, 2016 at 8:55 am

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin

Ten minutes into the first episode of  the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” I fell in love. I made this homage using some of my good friends at the Westchester Hamster Rescue.

 

 

Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

Music by Mark Lewis
VFX by Loris Ravera

Special thanks to Bob Al-Greene for illustrating the portal in the lab and
Alisa Stern for the lights and super cool trees!

Some behind the scenes photos:

 

This is me shooting on the Sony FS7 at the Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven. You can adopt a hamster there!

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin

 

Laura did an amazing job building a tiny Castle Byres. Isn’t it cute??

Castle Byres - All Hamsters Welcome

Bob Al-Greene did a great job on this portal illustration:

Bob Al-Greene Illustration for Hamster Things

Before shooting with real hamsters I usually do some camera tests with whatever is around the office:

Hamster Things Test Shot

I carefully hand painted the lettering and tried to be as close to the show:

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin (Behind the Scenes)

If Barb was a hamster she might look like this:

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin



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