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Birdlime - short film

Started by Evan DeRushie in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

After finishing this film back in 2017, and playing in many film festivals, it's finally time to premiere online. So here it is! This was my second full short film that I wrote/directed/lit, and the first that I animated fully. It's also much longer than my previous film, which was a challenge to keep the pace up and hold attention for over 10 minutes. I stuck to a very limited set of camera angles, which I think worked for the story, and also allowed me to focus more of my time on animation, because the shots were very long and I wasn't spending time on new setups.A fun animation fact- the bird was behind a cage wall for the entire film, and this wasn't a digital trick. The front of the cage actually slid open on a drawer-slider, and registered back in place with a magnet. It's a fun solution to a problem that my set designer Winston Hacking came up with. There are some making-of videos on my website (http://evanderushie.com/birdlime.php), which show some rehearsal "pop-thru" footage, and a look at multiple lighting-passes I used for keying and more. If you have any questions about anything, I'd be happy to answer- the SMA board was such an invaluable resource to me when I was starting out, so I'd love the chance to share info with the community.Hope you enjoy!Evan DeRushiewww.stopmodept.comContinue

Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears

Started by Ben Young in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick 17 hours ago. 6 Replies

So for the film I'm making right now, I've got two main characters that are goats. As such, I was wanting to give them both ears that can be moved and animated. I've also got an Ox/Cow character that I was wanting to have movable ears and mouth as well. I've included reference pictures below (the goats are going to have 3D printed replacement mouths that attach with a magnet, while the Ox I wanted to have a rigged mouth).So my question is, does anyone have any advice for the best way to both rig and cast the ears and mouths for these characters so I can manipulate their respective parts? Right now, I've got some OOMOO 30 with which to make each of their molds, after that, I was wondering if anyone knew which silicone would be best to cast all the heads. Something like Dragon Skin? For the Goats, whose ears are the only thing that need to move, should I cast the main head in plastic and have the ears attach somehow? Any way I should go about that?As for the rigs themselves, I've seen some folks use a wooden block with wires attached to it. Any best practices for doing so in a manner where I can fix the ear or mouth wires in case they break?Continue

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Mass producing heads

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick 17 hours ago. 16 Replies

I tried making my first 2-part mold for the first time, and made the rookie mistake of not making a key for the mold to pry open on the outside. Also, I used plaster of paris, so the mold inside the mouth broke off. For mass production, should I use a silicone mold?Continue

Lola the cheeky dog

Started by Tim in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Mozen 23 hours ago. 7 Replies

I built a model of my pet sheltie, Lola.  I haven't done any stop-motion animation for about 5 years and I've only ever worked with plasticine so I thought I'd try something different this time. I built a wire armature with epoxy putty joints. I google imaged 'dog stop motion armature' and found a great blog post by Sammy-Jo Tawn and basically copied her design.I wrapped the wire and epoxy in teflon tape and bulked out the body with foam from an old pelican case.  I wish I'd used a more flexible glue (or latex), the super glue was super stiff once it set. I sculpted the head out of fimo and baked it in the oven. I bought my first tub of brush latex, opened it and promptly bought a ventilator mask. That stuff smells toxic! I dabbed on patches of latex, coloured with cheap acrylic paint, with a brush and stuck clumps of dog fur into the latex.I let the latex set overnight, gave the puppet a brush to get rid of any loose fur, then filled the gaps with latex and more fur. I haven't quite finished the fur, but I got bored making it, so did a quick animation test with her to see how she moved. One of the tie-down nuts came out, and plenty of fur fell off, and I need to make a heavier fly rig, but apart from that pretty happy. Now I just need to build a friend for her to play with...Continue

Dancing backwards armature test

Started by Mozen in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT 23 hours ago. 0 Replies

I attempted to do a backwards running man. But too happy with the result, but I'm satisfied with the fluidity of the motion at least. Enjoy!Continue

I just published a podcast with Dale Hayword (See Creature) who directed Bone Mother for the National Film Board of Canada

Started by Mozen in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Mozen 23 hours ago. 2 Replies

Some highlights include how he developed a 3D printing process for the replacement faces, the complete process of what it took to film the 8 minute short, and also how to appear more legit to potential brands that want to hire you.Here's the episode. I hope you enjoy :)https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast/episode-19-dale-hayward-creator-of-bone-mother-on-how-to-become-a-stop-motion-director-at-the-nfb Continue

Green "screen" material in Melbourne

Started by madrobot in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by madrobot on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Hi all. Hoping someone, looking at you Nick H, can tell me please where you get your green material for your sets? I've noticed In your videos Nick that the background and stands and other stuff you want to comp out all have a good consistent green. Is it card? Pls and thanks Adrian

Welder - music video

Started by Roos Mattaar in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Ed Riccardi on Monday. 7 Replies

Hello, I thought I'd share my latest project here, my first time making a full music video and a lot of fun experimenting with incorporating live action practical effects.If interested, I just added some more behind the scenes/progress of the making of the puppets onto my website: http://www.roosmattaar.com/puppet-fabrication/earth-moma-welder/ http://www.roosmattaar.com/puppet-fabrication/welder-puppet/Would love to hear your feedback! :) (Also, for the end credits I used the 'Armafont' made by Ron Cole, which you can buy from his website.)Continue

Beaver sculpture need suggestions.

Started by Jet Zhang in SCULPTING. Last reply by Jet Zhang Jun 4. 7 Replies

Hi,I am making a beaver puppet for my online kids show demo. The character will combine real beaver with cartoon style. It is my first time trying to make an animal. The beaver's legs are big troubles for me at this time. How to sculpture them so it could be easier to plan the plaster mold for foam latex puppet? I guess it could be the same design as a dinosaur, just with fat and short legs, but still could not get the idea. Can anybody give me some suggestion or share some of some works' pictures so I will get more confidence to continue the work. Any point will be appreciated. Thanks! Continue

 
 
 

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Birdlime - short film

After finishing this film back in 2017, and playing in many film festivals, it's finally time to…See More
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StopmoNick replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"If less than half the sphere of the eyeball protrudes into the mould, it should come out.  If…"
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StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Hi Ben, Claws:  Yes, epoxy putty from the hardware store.  Easy shapes to make, so the…"
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