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Greyguy replied to Greyguy's discussion Puppet head Mechanical
"Thanks Nick the animation being done in the film is just incredible to"
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StopmoNick replied to Greyguy's discussion Puppet head Mechanical
"Really nice facial expressions on that puppet head!  Good to see such flexibility with the mechanical approach - I think I prefer it to the replacement face method, when it works this well."
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David Braga replied to Erik van Schaaik's discussion Under The Apple Tree wins at Dragon Con Film Festival Atlanta 2016
"think i've watched every vid on youtube on this. great stuff, informative, and very amusingly presented. best of luck with it all going forward, sounds like it's really making waves."
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Puppet head Mechanical

Started by Greyguy in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

Interview I did at the NFB on the Film The Awakeninghttp://blog.nfb.ca/blog/2016/09/23/awakening-animatronics-puppets-jim-randall/Continue

Under The Apple Tree wins at Dragon Con Film Festival Atlanta 2016

Started by Erik van Schaaik in FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. Last reply by David Braga yesterday. 7 Replies

77,000 people, one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world, and yet ANOTHER WIN for Under the Apple Tree which has been awarded the FIRST PRIZE ANIMATED FANTASY at the 2016 Dragon Con Film Festival Atlanta (USA). Thank you very much, dear Dragon Conmen, and a big thanks to the Man from Atlanta!http://www.undertheappletree-movie.comContinue

Tags: dragon, con, schaaik, award, tree

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 316 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

Backup your Photos

Started by Anthony Scott in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by Anthony Scott on Wednesday. 5 Replies

I am in the process of archiving content on the site. I've exceeded the 10gb limit by 4gb and need to delete/archive the older content. Most likely your Photos. So if you have posted any photos, please make sure you have a backup in case I can't save them. I will begin removing the oldest photos in one week.I was having no luck installing the latest version of the Ning Archiver Tool. Luckily, I located an older version which seems to be working now.Continue

New and seeking guidance about 3D printing.

Started by Erik Stickley in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Monday. 1 Reply

Hello, everyone! I'm new to this site, and new to Stop Motion in general. I don't even have my first puppet made.Speaking of my puppet, I have a 3D printer, and I wanted to know if it would be efficient to use 3D printed joints for my armature. No doubt full metal armatures work best for animating, but since I don't have the means to do any form of metal work or machining, I was hoping that 3D printing was a viable option.Thank you for help!Continue

Animating stone eroding over time

Started by Jasper Kuipers in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by Jasper Kuipers on Monday. 11 Replies

Ok, I have been pondering over this one for a while now and can't seem to come up with a solution. I need to animate a couple of shots of limestone/ sandstone eroding as if we were looking at a time lapse. The shots have to range from one that looks like hills or mountains (but without any plants)but also close ups of a stone statues face.I thought of casting in Some way with sand paired with something else to hold it together enough to keep its shape but soft enough to work on with a stiff brush frame By frame untill it crumbles.Any idea's anyone?Continue

Tags: time-lapse, effect, practical, erosion, Stone

VHS Degradation

Started by Ryan Strochinsky in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by Ryan Strochinsky on Monday. 3 Replies

I was wondering if anyone's experimented with VHS degradation as a post production effect in their stop motion work. I know a lot of musicians, especially in the ambient world will use tape to add a sort of lo-fi character to their work. I am interested in making a film with slower/longer landscape shots, and I've realized that in live action film their is a lot subtle movements in nature that give these shots life. Perhaps the unstableness of vhs would be a way to compensate for this? Are there other similiar ways to affect video?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mES3CHEnVyIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUFh39V8ha8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UBWgeSJlWwContinue

Where to take this Site next?

Started by Anthony Scott in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by Anthony Scott on Monday. 77 Replies

Hi all, I just received notice that the cost to run this website on the Ning platform will more than double next year from $239.90 to $588/year. There is no way I am going to pay that. This site is paid up until July 2017. After that, I may decide to do something completely different with this web address, however, I am open to your creative ideas. Not interested in donations to keep the site open. I don't want to reward Ning's price hike decision.Things on the internet have changed a lot since 1999 when this site first opened. Now there are seemingly dozens of stop motion groups on Facebook. Do a search, it's kind of amazing. This site is pretty quiet and may be losing its relevance. Might be time for something completely different. If you want to read all about the price change drama, go here.thanks,AnthonyNote: as of 09/10, 3 alternatives have been proposed. Read thru all the posts or simply vote for your favorite option, or create your own, by taking the Poll located on the Sidebar.Continue

Fluid movement with Homemade Armature

Started by MotionNovice in ARMATURES. Last reply by Roos Mattaar Sep 17. 13 Replies

Hello everybody!Complete newby here, so be warned. I apologize if a similar discussion already exists but i couldn't find one.I've spent the last 3 weeks building 5 ball and socket armatures out of steel.I've looked up different ways to make them and this is how they came out (please excuse the side tilt, just wouldn't work)(A lanky main character, two children, an old lady and a monster.)I am satisfied with how they turned out and how sturdy they are, but i noticed that the joints won't move as fluidly as i'd expected.In some positions it is harder to move the appendages than in others, which i'm afraid might cause some irregularities within the animation. When i made the sandwich plates, i drilled a conical opening into the smaller holes and then pressed the hardened balls into the plates to make a rounded opening for them to fit into.I've also sanded and oiled all the pieces.Has anyone run into similar troubles? Could the reason be that i used only steel instead of brass plates and steel balls for example.Any help is highly appreciated :)Cheers, MotionNoviceContinue

Tags: movement, armature, socket, and, ball

Need help with tie-down issue

Started by Anne Koreman in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by SMiller Sep 16. 23 Replies

I've been working on my project for over a year now, and my main set is finally ready for filming. But, I've run into a problem with my tie downs that I've been losing sleep over for months now. For my main characters I used skeletons from animation supplies, that come with a hole in the foot to screw in threaded wire. The character walks down the street in a back-shot so the backs of his feet will be visible.I've built the street in a slope, with uneven pavement, using fiberglass and hotglue for the cobblestones. This rests on a table, so there is an empty space between the table and fiberglass street. This makes it very hard to put a screw something from the bottom since at the widest point it's a 10 cm space I have to bridge. I've considered using magnets for as far as I can reach under the street, but would that hold through the fiberglass? If anyone has any advice I would be very grateful, since filming it without tie-downs is hell...(Just Iphone pictures for now, sorry ><)Continue


 
 
 

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