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Iulian Demetrescu replied to Jonathan Hartman's discussion US Sources for 1018 Flat Bars?
"I usually go to Bunnings (the Home Depo counterpart here in AU) and they have a range of square and flat steel bars in small lengths(1m). For the B&S i use 6x6 mm square bar, cut to fit the size i want and filed to the desired shape. I use also…"
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US Sources for 1018 Flat Bars?

Started by Jonathan Hartman in ARMATURES. Last reply by Iulian Demetrescu 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi, everyone!For my last B&S armature, I used brass, which worked fine, but I'd like to try working with steel on the next one.I'd really like to start making smaller joints, generally, but I'm having a heck of a time trying to find a supplier for small flat bars of 1018.  1/8" x 1/4" seems to be the thinnest I can find (which would be fine for a ton of applications, but I'm looking to go smaller).  Would it even be a sensible material to use at a smaller size?  Is there something else I should be using?I have a mediocre drill press and no milling machine, if that's helpful context.Anyone know of any good resources about making small joints?Thanks!-JonEDIT:  Haha.  I just realized that I asked a similar question (with less specificity) almost exactly four years ago without remembering, but I'm still interested in the steel.Continue

Tags: armatures, steel

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Luis López Tejeda yesterday. 518 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

Stopmotion exercises?

Started by DoubleG in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi all,since I am looking at ways to improve myself and have fun while doing it I searched for some good stop-motion exercises. I found a few great ones: exercises apply to cell animation and 3D animation and some also to stop-motion. But I was wondering if there are also lists, more specific to stop-motion? Or some exercises specific for stop-motion as an addition to the lists above?CheersDoubleGContinue

Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks / Pre-Orders ending soon

Started by Ernest Farino in STOP MOTION BOOKS. Last reply by Angus Lamont Nov 10. 4 Replies

I’m in the home stretch on the limited edition Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks reprint box set and expect to hand off to the printer very soon. I wanted to post a courtesy notice to anyone still interested in placing an order. Pre-sales have been strong, and I expect that the projected limited edition print run of 500 copies will be Sold Out soon.I posted this notice a short while ago (in case some of you have seen it elsewhere), but I’ve tried to keep the ordering open as long as possible. But I’m going to have to close it down shortly.I’ve added a new Update page on the website-- click on this link and scroll down the page to browse a gallery of sample layouts from the new editions (which can be enlarged into a slide show): PreviewThe main page describing the books in detail (including links to slides shows, layout galleries, reviews and customer comments, and our trailers for Vol. 1 and Vol. 3) can be found at: Majicks DescriptionsThis project turned out to be an enormous undertaking, much moreso than I first thought, and even as I write this new material is coming in at “the 11th hour” (have a look at the new preview page for more details). I’m striving to include everything, as much as possible (and still make it all look good).In just the past few months or so The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation has extended new cooperation, and some terrific -and exclusive- material has come from them.The process is not open-ended, though, and I will be wrapping up this endeavor very soon. So… just a quick “heads up” here.Continue

Tags: Hankin, Caroline Munro, Farino, Majicks, Ray Harryhausen

My Poor Heart!

Started by DoubleG in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT Nov 8. 0 Replies

For the Love-is-Love challenge from of November 2017, I made this quirky stop-motion animation.My poor heart! Love shapes it and transforms it! How is it able to withstand it all?Continue

Animation rehearsal "pop-through"

Started by Evan DeRushie in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Evan DeRushie Nov 8. 7 Replies

Earlier this year I released my second short film "Birdlime" (trailer here), which has been playing in festivals all year but hasn't been released in full online. It recently won an audience choice award at CRAFT animation festival in Yogykarta, Indonesia, and I've taken the opportunity to share some of the process in animating the film. Since I've spent many hours on the SMA board over the years scouring for crumbs of information on how the hell stop-motion works, I wanted to share a bit of animation technique that I've picked up.So for every shot in the film, after framing up and lighting the scene, I would shoot a "pop-through". It's a low frame rate (mostly 4fps) rehearsal for the action in the scene to work out timing and blocking. Basically a first stab at the scene that no one will ever see, where you can make mistakes and clean up any problems before you get into the real shot. I can honestly say that animating a pop-thru before the shot is often faster than jumping straight into animation. It sounds crazy, but by figuring out all the details beforehand, there's so much less guesswork when animating, and the animation process is actually more fun (!) and less intimidating.One more quick detail: when making a pop-thru, I use the "hold frame" function in Dragonframe. This allows you to shoot only one frame, and "hold" it for a number of frames in the x-sheet. That way you can step through your frames quickly, adjust the timing of each hold as you go, or even re-arrange frames. I'll usually spend a while at the end just going through and adjusting hold frames; playing with length of pauses, and speeding up/slowing down action to see what works.Continue

Nikon D3300 Live view?

Started by Alistair Nicholls in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Iulian Demetrescu Nov 8. 12 Replies

Hello,I was just wondering if anyone could possibly help me with something? I recently brought the Nikon D3300,inorder to use it for stopmotion.I read that Dragonfame supports live view for this camera,but have had no luck.Iv'e plugged the camera in using usb,and it doesnt come under an available camera to use(iv'e downloaded the trail version) I really don't know why this would be.I was just wondering if anyone knows why this might be? Or what set up you use when connecting camera to computer? Thank you so very much.Continue

Tags: d3300, windows, view, live, Help

Need help with dragon frame

Started by Igor Bertella in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Dyami Caliri Nov 7. 1 Reply

Hey guys.I'm having some trouble with dragon frame. I finished a project and all the frames inside the software are ok. But when i export the images some frames are wrong, they're showing my hands and when i look frame by frame in dragonframe it doesn't appears. Can you help me?Continue

Documentary on Claymation Pioneer Will Vinton

Started by Marq Evans in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Twin Tales Nov 7. 7 Replies

Hi everyone,I hope I'm not intruding here, but my name is Marq Evans and the director of a new documentary project called WELCOME TO MY DAYDREAM about the father of Claymation, Will Vinton. Will and his studio are the creators of the California Raisins, the Noid, the PJ's, Red and Yellow M&M's just to name a few.I wanted to introduce my film to the community, and let you know we have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help complete the film. The campaign has all kind of cool rewards like access to the film before it's available to the public, Will Vinton-approved mustache wax and even custom Claymation-style figures that look like you or a loved one.Thanks for allowing me to introduce the film and campaign. You can check it out in more detail here: hope you like what you see and will consider making a pledge or sharing it with your friends. Thanks all, let me know if you have any questions or want to chat about the project!Continue

3d printing

Started by dorian moore in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by dorian moore Nov 7. 2 Replies

Hello, i just bought a flash forge finder 3d printer it only print pla peices and my question is even though  its not powder 3d prints will my puppet heads still look good on my vintage 55mm lens?Continue


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A dragon teaches her child how to fly, but in doing so, realizes that her training will come at a price.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, November 13 2017 5:23 PM PST.

Welcome To My Daydream: A Documentary about Will Vinton

A documentary about the father of Claymation and creator of the California Raisins + more!

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