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Stop Motion Stage hints?

Started by Mark Francombe in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 2 hours ago. 12 Replies

Hi! Im just starting to build some kind of re-usable "stage" for my upcoming stop motion masterpieces. Im probably going to get into the whole Moco question, with stepper motors and arduinos and sliders etc. Right now I have a slider, mounted on tripods, a few good lights... and... An old table that I think would make the basis for a good "stage". Before I jump right in Id like to ask a fw very simple questions to save me the heartache of finding out the long way. Hope you guys can oblige with your experience. 1) What is a good working height? Currently the table is just 40cms high and I was thing to increase it to about 1m, or 90cms. Assuming I will be sitting here for many hours leaning in and out, what would be a good ergonomic hight? 2)I have variable colour on my lights, and I may get arty (probably actually) with gels etc, but would you normally shoot tungsten or daylight colour? 3)Assuming I only have a regular slider for left/right moves, Are there any cool ways to track in and out (In the old days I used to move the whole scene (on squared paper to time to moves) towards the camera, but that was completely wrong really as the lights didnt move, so shadows would move... I didn't notice it much then, but I do now. Im think of making sliders on each side of my table that the camera slider can move on... Is this a known way? How DO you do tracks?Im sure there will be many more questions... but maybe... Can I ask? Can you guys share pics of your stages, if they seem relevant to what IM try to achieve. Maybe I can make a "build series" ? so here's my starting place...Continue

Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.

Started by Matthew Bradley in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 6 Replies

Hi everyone! I'm currently undertaking a project at university to make a stop motion plesiosaur puppet. The current plan is to cast into a polyester resin mould with a condensation cure silicone, 'Tinsil Gel 10'. My question is, what is the best method, and the most inexpensive, to paint my cast? My favoured solution from what I've found would be to thin the silicone I have (Tinsil Gel 10) with naphtha (or lighter fluid) and add silicone pigments. However, the complications I have is I know platinum based silicones don't stick to other platinums, but is this the case for tin based?Psycho paint is said to adhere all platinum's, and I've read 'Sil-poxy' can adhere all tins, but I really would like to avoid having to buy more materials, especially as 'Pyscho paints' and 'Sil-poxy' are expensive and aren't easy to get here in the UK. Finally, would anyone have any idea what the library life is of Tinsil Gel 10? Just found midway through writing this that tin based silicones don't last too long! I'd like to hear others thoughts, and to get some conformation on this subject. It's all very overwhelming as I'm still all quite new to the world of stop motion. I'll have another question on the armature soon! Thank you!Continue

Tags: tinsil, puppet, painting, silicone, Casting

Testing the 3D printable winders

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Dawn Brown on Thursday. 1 Reply

Here is a quick video I made to compare two winders, one with an all-metal rack and the other which is fully 3D printed with a rack reinforced with an M6 threaded rod.Continue

If podcasts are your thing, here's a chat with Amber Padgett on how she quit her job at a grocery store (10 years), moved to LA & ended up working for some of the top stop motion studios in 6 months

Started by Mozen in CHAT BOARD on Wednesday. 0 Replies

She also shares:What life-changing small steps you can make todayHow to make uncomfortable comfortable to push yourself to new heightsHow she carved out a niche for herself in outdoor stop motionHere's our chat: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast/episode-59-stop-motion-animator-amber-padgett-on-how-to-quit-your-job-animate-for-a-livingContinue

1 minute film finished

Started by StopmoNick in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick on Tuesday. 4 Replies

I just posted what was meant to be an entry for the One Minute Film Club (FB group) which gives you a little less than a month from the time you get the new theme until the deadline.  Not surprisingly, I didn't come close to finishing on time - this was the January competition due Feb 2nd and I rushed, but couldn't rush enough.  I was still making puppets and sets when the due date passed.    The theme was "Animal" and once I had the idea, I wanted to go ahead and do it anyway.  Anyway, here it is.  WolfMoonH264 from Nick Hilligoss on Vimeo.Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Ed Riccardi on Tuesday. 555 Replies

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

Tragic Magic, my stop-motion film

Started by Geoff Clark in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by James Krysa on Monday. 11 Replies

Hello Everyone,   I'd like to share the finished version of my stop-motion film that I recently completed in October.  Tragic Magic tells the story of Greygaunt the Wizard, who is trying to teach magic to Tadwick, his apprentice.  They get interrupted by the arrival of Death, who is looking to collect a soul.  Will their combined magic skills allow them to defeat Death?   Here is the link on vimeo to the film: https://vimeo.com/305589331So far, the film has been shown in several film festivals, and a few awards.  Two scheduled screenings have been cancelled, I'm sure others have experienced this disappointment. The film took about 4 years to make (but I didn't work on it every day). Almost all work done by myself. I had some fantastic help on voice acting, wardrobe and sound design from a few friends.  Please have a look and enjoy. Cheers!--Geoff ClarkContinue

3D printable winders for stop motion

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by James Krysa on Monday. 1 Reply

I have been involved with beta-testing a new product, a fully 3D printable set of winders for stop motion animators. I think they are really well-designed and a proper tool for animating. At $20 for the download, they represent great value.They have a 3D printed rack reinforced with an M6 threaded rod, and some other good features. Have a look at my video review:Continue

Legend of the Golden Fishcake- download free

Started by John O'Lone in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by John O'Lone Mar 29. 6 Replies

Hi AllThere are 100 free downloads of my movie, worked on by several on this forum, here:https://legendofthegoldenfishcake.vhx.tvUse code FREEFREEFREEStay safe!JohnContinue

House of Monsters Kickstarter Budget Breakdown

Started by Dawn Brown in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Ed Riccardi Mar 29. 12 Replies

Hey everyone, I have been asked to share our preliminary budget from the House of Monsters Kickstarter campaign from a few years ago. This was our early plan for how the funds would be spent. One of these days I would like to update this to reflect what we ended up spending. I can tell you, the Kickstarter rewards ended up costing 3x what we planned. International shipping killed us. We did not end up renting a stage, and rolled those funds to the rewards and materials and supplies. Also - we brought on a famous actor for the voice over when we were well into the project, and he was not budgeted here. We went over budget considerably, but I hope this serves as a good starting point for anyone considering a crowdfunding project. Thanks.Continue

 
 
 

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