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how to study video reference

Started by James Krysa in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Adam Taylor 18 minutes ago. 4 Replies

hey guyswhats acheap easy way to study video reference FRAME BY FRAME ?Do l need a pc or mac? or special dvd recorder / player ?Thanks..Continue

Tags: reference, video, by, frame

Animation Workflow

Started by Kevin Stratton in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Adam Taylor 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

Hey Guys!I’m looking for some workflow tips when it comes to planning and executing a shot. Coming from CG it’s extremely easy to shoot reference, block in key poses and adjust those poses to get the timing you want. With that said what’s the best way to go about planning and executing a stop motion shot?I know bigger studios will do a blocking pass on 4s or 6s, then maybe a rehearsal on 2s then get down to the nitty gritty on 1s. After shooting reference footage, should I go through the footage and pick out the key poses that are really going to tel the story and see how this translate through the block?Do I use the X sheet to basically layout/map out  where I should be in the shot on certain frames?I’m trying to focus on body mechanic shots and getting lost as I progress into the shot. Any help would be awesome!Continue

Possible camera issue causing misaligned frames?

Started by Roo Nelo in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Adam Taylor 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

I haven't posted here in a while, but I've been working on a new animation that I'm unable to make progress on due to an odd issue. What happens is when I take a new frame, it never realigns with the previous frame. This only seems to happen after I take a break for an hour or resume animating the next day. This wouldn't seem much of an issue, but the shot is done from the same angle over the course of days and there is a rig involved. When I mask out the rig, the frames clearly are misaligned even with trying to nudge the frame in After Effects.The past 3 weeks, I've attempted to isolate the cause. Here's what I've tried.- Secured the set with multiple clamps. Made sure props are glued and pinned down.- 4 different tables of varying sturdiness.- 2 different table materials (wood and plastic/metal) to see if there is possibly expansion/contraction with temperature.- 3 tripods (I even invested in a sturdy Manfrotto and Junior head). I also tried the tripods with and without a weight hanging.- Leaving the camera on a separate table instead of a tripod.- Turning the camera on/off through a power strip switch instead of physically touching the camera.- Making sure the floor isn't budging (I'm working in a basement on granite flooring anyway).My last test involved sitting the camera directly on the set. If the table or set was moving, then the camera should move with it. I took a picture, left for a while, and took another picture, there was movement still. That led me to thinking something is wrong with either the lens or the camera body. So I tested with another lens I have and there was still movement.I don't know the inner workings of a camera well, so is there anything inside that may be causing inconsistent pictures? Or perhaps there is an entirely different cause anyone can lend insight to? Any help is appreciated.Continue

Had to make a character for Character Design Class in Animation School - I made a clay puppet and her duck

Started by Mozen in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Adam Taylor 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Picked up a bunch of things from the dollar store and made this queen and her duck! I don't intend on animating her, because I didn't take the time to make a proper armature. This was more of a fun project for me to get back into making stop motion puppets :)Continue

Keeping motivation

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Brandon Ayers 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Hey guys. I've been having issues keeping my motivation focused on one project. I usually leave a lot of unfinished projects because I can't focus on finishing a project. Do any of you guys have this issue? If so, what do you do to combat it?Continue

5 Day Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Tim Allen in London (May 2019)

Started by Tim Allen in ANIMATION SCHOOLS 22 hours ago. 0 Replies

My first ever 5 day stop motion workshop is coming to London! After lots of travelling around the world, improving & adapting techniques, I'm very excited to finally bring my stop motion workshop to my home in London! It will be taking place May 13-17th 2019.  All details can be found at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-day-stop-motion-animation-workshop-tickets-60374162746 For years I've been developing many new approaches to make animating the human body easier to understand & apply. In exploring my most successful exercises, I've designed this 5 day course to maximize what can be learnt in a short time frame. It's based on common issues people encounter, specifically aimed to create natural organic character animation through a puppet. & speaking of puppets, we'll be using the brand new Stickybones puppets! Renowned for their revolutionary articulation & flexibilityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-qX3_6U7wSticky Bones in action! Animation featured by the awesome Florian Perinelle. Part of my animation team on The Magic Piano The workshop will be held at: The Woods Studios, 15, 24 Botanic Square, London City Island, London, E14 0LH, United Kingdom Monday 13th - Friday May 17th 2019 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM BSTYou can see more of my portfolio of work as an animator at my website: https://timallenanimation.co.uk/ Follow the link for more details & bookings:…Continue

Tags: #Training, #Workshop, #TimAllenAnimation, #StopMotion, #Mentoring

5 Day Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Tim Allen in London (May 2019)

Started by Tim Allen in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Tim Allen yesterday. 2 Replies

My first ever 5 day stop motion workshop is coming to London! After lots of travelling around the world, improving & adapting techniques, I'm very excited to finally bring my stop motion workshop to my home in London! It will be taking place May 13-17th 2019.  All details can be found at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-day-stop-motion-animation-workshop-tickets-60374162746 For years I've been developing many new approaches to make animating the human body easier to understand & apply. In exploring my most successful exercises, I've designed this 5 day course to maximize what can be learnt in a short time frame. It's based on common issues people encounter, specifically aimed to create natural organic character animation through a puppet. & speaking of puppets, we'll be using the brand new Stickybones puppets! Renowned for their revolutionary articulation & flexibilityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-qX3_6U7wSticky Bones in action! Animation featured by the awesome Florian Perinelle. Part of my animation team on The Magic Piano The workshop will be held at: The Woods Studios, 15, 24 Botanic Square, London City Island, London, E14 0LH, United Kingdom Monday 13th - Friday May 17th 2019 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM BSTYou can see more of my portfolio of work as an animator at my website: https://timallenanimation.co.uk/ Follow the link for more details & bookings:…Continue

Tags: #TimAllenAnimation

Respirator for working with foam latex

Started by Jet Zhang in CASTING. Last reply by Count Croc on Sunday. 2 Replies

Hi, I am going to use MonsterMaker's foam latex to cast characters this time. I used GM's before. The quality is good but the smell of ammonium (or some other chemicals) made my throat painfull each time. I think MM's has the smiliar smell when working and baking on it. I think a respirator may work. I checked in hardware store and found they all for welding or painting purpose. Can somebody make a suggestion of a respirator? Thank you!Continue

dragonframe audio split and delete problem

Started by forrest gang in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS on Saturday. 0 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm trying to delete a portion of an audio clip on dragonframe, but it either deletes the whole clip or just does any... So, does anyone have any idea how I could solve it and stop wasting time for this tiny giant problem? : /Thanks in advanceContinue

Dreams and Nightmares (student film)

Started by John_TheCollegeGuy in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by John_TheCollegeGuy on Friday. 2 Replies

This film combines stop-motion horror with poetic performance. I am on the finishing touches on the movie, but I will say that it has echoes of Harryhausen and Hitchcock. It will probably take a while to make its way online as I intend to send it to some festivals..but if someone "leaks" my stopmotion-I'd probably turn the other way :PContinue

 
 
 

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Adam Taylor replied to James Krysa's discussion how to study video reference
"Well... a computer of some kind might help a bit."
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James Krysa replied to James Krysa's discussion how to study video reference
"hey Adam thanks for your reply, but what if im using my smart tv remote or my phone? no keyboard,…"
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Adam Taylor replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"It is often helpful at first to work on just the core body of the character until you have a handle…"
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Adam Taylor replied to Roo Nelo's discussion Possible camera issue causing misaligned frames?
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