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Strider replied to Gisele Nour's discussion Stop-motion how-to books
"I second what Nick said, and I'll add The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It's about drawn animation, not specifically stop motion, but it deals with the principles of animation, and that's necessary for any kind of…"
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Gisele Nour replied to Gisele Nour's discussion Stop-motion how-to books
"Ah awesome, thanks Nick! :)"
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Amazing Mini-Fig stop motion

This is exactly the kind of aesthetic I've always hoped to see in Lego-style animation. Look how SMOOTH it is! After studying it frame by frame, it is apparent that this is not 30fps on a mix of ones and twos, but 24 translated to 30 with a 3:2 pulldown cadence. He had an earlier version with hazy atmospheric music but it was unlisted, so out of respect I'm not posting it. But yeah, look at that! Most of it is on ones.See More
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Stop-motion how-to books

Started by Gisele Nour in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Strider 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hey hey everyone,I've only done basic stop-motion informed through my own trial and error but am really invested in learning more and doing more over the next year (planning on making a stop-motion film next year).There are so many books on stop-motion in various forms and I'm not sure which to go with - are there any suggestions or recommendations for the best books to start out? Anything that stands out?Currently considering: in advance!Continue

Tags: books, how-to, stop-motion

Amazing Mini-Fig stop motion

Started by prammaven in ANIMATOR TALK 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

This is exactly the kind of aesthetic I've always hoped to see in Lego-style animation. Look how SMOOTH it is! After studying it frame by frame, it is apparent that this is not 30fps on a mix of ones and twos, but 24 translated to 30 with a 3:2 pulldown cadence. He had an earlier version with hazy atmospheric music but it was unlisted, so out of respect I'm not posting it. But yeah, look at that! Most of it is on ones.Continue

Tags: motion, stop, Mingle, Monsieur

Water droplets/ice effects using boiled isomalt, salt, water, and olive oil

Started by prammaven in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by prammaven 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

Not sure if ants or small rodents are attracted to this sugar substitute but a Google search says they aren't, and isomalt stays clear once heated and allowed to cool- which means you should be able to use it instead of resin for replacement water effects. At $5.00 per pound, it seems like an inexpensive alternative. Demonstration of IsomaltContinue

My very first stop motion animation video! Looking for feedback!

Started by Rampestrek in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick 22 hours ago. 5 Replies

Please let me know what you think!

Tags: video, first, my

Green screen animation backdrop

Started by Cadmus Rimbaud in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by Cadmus Rimbaud on Monday. 4 Replies

Hey guysI have some new projects buzzing around in my head that will most likely require the use of a green screen. My puppets are built to be tied down to the animation table by a screw coming up from underneath the table and into the foot. This method requires I drill a number of holes in the board- this has never been an issue of visibility as camera angling combined with the texturing of the board nicely hides the holes. I'm worried though that if I utilized a green screen backdrop and a green floor that the holes would be like gaping tears in the chroma keying process. Does anyone know how to navigate this issue? I realize I could just not show the puppet's feet, but that wouldn't fly for every shot. I'm asking for variety's sake. Anybody know how magnets would work for a 10-12" puppet?Online sources for buying green screen cloth or paint?or, does anyone know if this would NOT be an issue in the editing process? Thanks-CadmusContinue

Making a mould for big nosed sculpts

Started by Erik Stickley in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Sunday. 7 Replies

I am about to buy some mould-making equipment to start actually making moulds of my character's head for silicone. Before I do, I want to know what would be the best product, and method for making a mould of characters with rather large noses.I was going to try Pinky-sil because there's a hard 3D printed skeleton underneath the sculpts which might not come out if I used a moulding material that hardens to much. But we'll see what you all think.Continue

Nikon D3300 Live view?

Started by Alistair Nicholls in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Dyami Caliri on Saturday. 10 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

New and seeking guidance about 3D printing.

Started by Erik Stickley in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 3 Replies

Hello, everyone! I'm new to this site, and new to Stop Motion in general. I don't even have my first puppet made.Speaking of my puppet, I have a 3D printer, and I wanted to know if it would be efficient to use 3D printed joints for my armature. No doubt full metal armatures work best for animating, but since I don't have the means to do any form of metal work or machining, I was hoping that 3D printing was a viable option.Thank you for help!Continue


Started by prammaven in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by prammaven on Friday. 3 Replies

Hi folks, I've noticed this a lot, and it's confusing and prevalent enough that it's high time it was addressed directly: Why are some professional animators friendly and happy to talk about their work and others are cold and indifferent and never write back? Is this a policy at the studios that individuals decide whether or not to enforce -"don't help anyone who asks for it- you'll train our competition", or a personality quirk? Whatever it is, it's irksome. We all have the same interests here, so we can all stand to be approachable and communicative. In my opinion, anyone who gives the cold shoulder for spite is an enemy of stop motion (and, well, a jerk- let's be honest). It has been historically shown that every time someone tries to hog all the glory of something for themselves,  they end up taking it to the grave and it becomes an obscure knowledge. How does that keep the craft going? That's only going to cut it off at the kneecaps and ensure its demise! Can't speak for everyone, but I got robbed at gunpoint the other week at my night job and have been trying to leave it for years because it isn't a safe place to work- and have never been able to because someone impersonated me on the internet and it shows up in every search for my name and occupation whenever someone does a search. How do I convince you it's not me? I can't... And that's exactly how a lot of newbies feel once they have gotten good enough to be a pro and no one will give them a chance- because other peoples' first impression of them was not accurate or representative of how far they've come. Lots of mid-level animators in this boat, some starving. At least one killed himself, and I know another guy who has thought about it. Social isolation is toxic to passion and talent to the point of being deadly.  Let's talk.Continue

Digital input device (DID)

Started by David Tomasiewicz in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by John Lewis on Friday. 16 Replies

One thing that has always amazed me is how they were able to make the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park realistic. Looking through articles and PDFs, I came across the Dinosaur input device (now called Digital input device), or DID. Some notable differences between a stop-motion puppet and one that has the input devices is that:1. The armature is 3 times larger in order to accommodate the servos and sensors.2. No Ball and socket joints. All joints are hinges, swivels, and universal. The encoders can only sense a single axis.3. Very precise (if built right).4. The resulting animation lacks the artifacts of stop-motion animation, the pops and jerkiness, and yet retains the intentional subtleties and hard stops that computer animation often lacks.Note: If you guys decide to comment on this post, please keep any CGI bashing you might have to a minimum.Continue



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