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Don Carlson replied to Adam Taylor's discussion Video reference
"This is nothing new. Will Vinton Productions really pioneered it (with film reference) in the 70's. I also think blocking is important, as it can be very difficult to see what is going on in a storyboard or animatic if an animator (like myself)…"
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gustavo arteaga replied to gustavo arteaga's discussion Stopmo jam
"Hi Thomas, hi Anthony. O.K. Yea i saw the post. Thanks. Just wondering if i had missed anything in between. cheers! "
18 hours ago
Steven Topham replied to Adam Taylor's discussion Video reference
"The extent to which Aardman and Laika use video reference blocking gets almost into the realm of rotoscoping. But It pays off with great realism in movements. When leading an animation after school program, I continuously emphasize the need for…"
18 hours ago


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Video reference

Started by Adam Taylor in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Don Carlson 14 hours ago. 7 Replies

I am curious to know how, or if, the rest of you are using video reference.  I occasionally film myself to plan a shot and pick my favorite poses and retime them to better suit the animation.  What I am really looking for is to see how to not only study the primary movement but the secondary actions that better describe the inner character and deeper emotion of the character.  I feel like that is the next step in my animation path but am not sure of how to move forward.  Advice? Experiences? Continue

Stopmo jam

Started by gustavo arteaga in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by gustavo arteaga 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi. Anyone knows what was the fate of the Stopmo Jam? Is it out somewhere? did I miss the link?Continue

Winders site live!

Started by Thomas Nicol in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Thomas Nicol yesterday. 9 Replies

Winders are really simple, versatile rigging tools, which give stop motion animators easy, precise control over linear motion. They're also remarkably difficult for the average animator to obtain.  You seen them all the time in BTS stills from big studios, but the machined mechanisms are beyond the budget of most enthusiasts and independent artists.I'd like to change that. I've been using this design (in one iteration or another) for the past several months, and it's had a huge impact on my ability to animate precise motion.  I'd love to see that available for everyone, so I'm making these 3D printed rigs available through a new website, QuantumCat Winders. Not only can you buy them ready-made (along with various modular accessories to help interface with other rigs), but I've posted the STL files so those of you with 3D printers can produce the main components yourselves.As thanks for being such a great, supportive community, the coupon code "SMA" will get you 10% off your first order.Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!Continue

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole yesterday. 302 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a new episode of LIVE CHAT hosted by Marc Spess on at 8pm Central time. Set you computer's alarm so ya don't forget! Here's a link to the live show page... Click Here!Continue


Started by Bobby in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by darren way yesterday. 9 Replies

Does anybody know where I can get some silicone for making stop motion puppets? Also, what is another way to make stop motion puppets without casting or molding?

Latex for build up puppet?

Started by Renaka in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Fabian on Wednesday. 8 Replies

hey folks,   I've been teaching myself some stop motion with random objects and things for a bit and I'm starting to try and make some 'build up' puppets to mess around with, mostly based on stopmo nicks amazing tutorials.  I guess this is partly for him directly but also for anyone who has advice.  it's coming along wonderfully, actually much better than I expected but I'm stuck at the beginning of painting latex.  (i did aluminum armature, epoxy putty for strength and tie downs, then eurethane foam and cutting with spray glue and such). I was so eager to keep going with my materials that I mixed some latex and started doing layers.  I got a gallon at the Home Depot (hardware store), of all they had mixed with a little ammonia and pigment and started doing layers.  After about 1000 layers it just isn't building up and sittting on top.  It's too thin, I thought maybe I mixed it wrong but I think what I got just isn't right. I think this stuff is made for mixing with concrete for bonding or something, it's something to do with flooring.  Anyway, my dumb ass got pretty far with the creative building part but I'm stuck on materials for now. I need a good recomendation for liquid latex for 'build up' like in that amazing tutorial (I'm in the US).  I see this stuff at blick which is closest to me and wonder if that will work, or if I should wait and order something online like this or if I need something completely differnt than those.  i.e. I'm looking for good techniques to buildup over my foam using latex and paint to get closer to my final puppet.  Any help would be appreciated, folks.cheers,RENoh and when I feel less embarrassed about my newbie puppet I'll post some pics. it's just a naked headless fat person right now with no skin.Continue

Tags: fat, guy, foam, armature, latex

Rock Band RadioHead Stop Mo "Burn the Witch"

Started by John Downey in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by RobRouz on Wednesday. 1 Reply

From ..."One of the most revered modern rock bands channels the English horror-film classic The Wicker Man in this stop-motion animated music video from director Chris Hopewell, editor Ben Foley and DP Jon Davey. Hopewell previously made a video for Radiohead's Hail to the Thief track "There There."  .....  " & simple replacement animation ... jbdContinue

Profile Picture

Started by RobRouz in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by RobRouz on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hi guys.I have to report a bug about profile picture.I tried many times to change it or to edit the first one, but it seems that nothing happens.I am sure that every time I tried to upload a new picture, this one was less then 10MB as it's written in my settings (Upload a new photo (GIF, JPG or PNG; limit 10MB).Can anybody help me? Thanks a lot! Continue

Rig removal

Started by Bobby in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Mad Doug K on Tuesday. 7 Replies

In dragonframe, I animate with the rigs. How do I remove rigs from dragonframe?


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