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Stop Motion Stage hints?

Started by Mark Francombe in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Mark Francombe 17 hours ago. 22 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

New Diploma Course in Model Making for Animation

Started by Michelle J. Andrew in ANIMATION SCHOOLS. Last reply by Michelle J. Andrew 20 hours ago. 7 Replies

Just in case you guys haven't heard about this.. might be useful!https://www.nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/model-making-animationContinue

I have a problem with my dragon frame please help me

Started by ninakuru in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 20 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi dear stop motion community,My name is Milena, I use the software dragonframe for animation. I have bought a new camera recently, a sony alpha a6400, I followed all the steps so the program can recognize my device but I have a problem, it does not give me live view and it appears this message:Warning. You are working without live view. You may capture preview images using the live key (#3 by default)Once I press the 3 button on my laptop the program stops working and remains thinking for a while. I don't know what to do to make it work. I use my camera ass recommended, without the SD Card. Please if you have any idea of how to make it work let me know.Thanks a lot.Continue

Tags: stopmotion

PLEASE HELP!

Started by Colin Reid Grayson in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 3 Replies

Hi, my name is Colin Grayson. I am new to stop motion making and I am just starting out. I want to create a movie that can play at a local film festival. I am struggling for ideas. I loved King Kong when I was a kid and I wanted to do a monkey but I also thought it would be too derriative and I should possibly do something more original like a bear. I am asking you which one should I do and how can I make it a reality?Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Colin Reid Grayson on Monday. 556 Replies

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

Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.

Started by Matthew Bradley in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Greyguy on Sunday. 7 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 Apr 1. 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 Apr 1. 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 Mar 31. 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

Tragic Magic, my stop-motion film

Started by Geoff Clark in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by James Krysa Mar 30. 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

 
 
 

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