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Jack Liddon replied to Becky Weston's discussion LIGHTING!
"I should mention, the HUE lights from Phillips can't be controlled through Dragonframe. The wifi built into the lights causes all kinds of problems. I'm assuming they need full power to work."
14 minutes ago
Dyami Caliri posted a discussion

Nikon D3200 and D3300 in Dragonframe 3.6

I just wanted to let you all know that some of the entry-level Nikons are now supported in Dragonframe. They are very popular cameras, and fairly inexpensive, so they may be a good choice for starting with stop motion animation.If you own Dragonframe 3 (or 3.5) then this is a free update.See More
3 hours ago
Anthony Leigh posted a discussion

Fitting components inside a slush cast head

I have three heads which I are going to have moulds made of them, and then are going to be slush cast. I want to put little wooden blocks inside the head with holes for the eyes to sit in, wire and epoxy for the nose and epoxy putty teeth with a twisted up wire jaw supporting it.  Along the same lines as this http://goo.gl/D6BnDU without ears and eyebrows. I am not too sure about measuring the "skull" to go inside the slush cast head so the eyes fit far enough forward and the teeth/ jaw fits well. Do I cast the front of the head and then fit the parts and then cast the back of it, or cast the whole thing, and the cut up the back of the head and open it up and then bond the cut with latex when I have finished. Has anybody had success with building the outside of the mould with lego and then poured the plaster in and then removed the lego? Do I need to PVA (alcohol, not adhesive) on the lego? or just on the faces of the two sides of the mould? Do I…See More
7 hours ago
Jack Spiggle posted a discussion

Puppet casting

Hey guys, Im new here and this is my first post so be gentle =3. Im looking to do a simple, 1-3 min (roughly) stop motion "exercise" just to see what I can do. I've made the storyboard, am attempting an anamatic and I am almost ready to start making the real thing but I've come across a few problems with making the puppet.First up, Ive ordered a bunch of stainless steel balls and rods and feel fairly confident with creating my own armature. the other thing I need to mention is that I only want to make replaceable hands and a head out of silicone. moving on.I went out to buy the materials for sculpting, moulding and casting the puppet at Barnes in Australia and ended up buying Monster clay for the sculpting and some soft Chavant clay + Ultracal for the mould making process but I had some issues with the casting. First off i checked out the platsil gel-10 and gel-00 which I always planed to make the puppet from but the test slab that they had seemed very porous compared to what i had…See More
9 hours ago
Don Carlson replied to Becky Weston's discussion LIGHTING!
"I have LED bulbs that will not dim at all, despite being rather expensive. My CFL spiral bulbs don't dim either... Still a fan of Halogen (spot, flood, clear, and soft). The PAR 20's are getting harder to find in some stores, which is a…"
14 hours ago
Hani replied to Hani's discussion Making silicone puppet
"Hi guys I need to buy some hair for the new puppet, what kind of hair do you recommend? For this one I used Linen fiber but it gets messed up pretty quickly. I also need to animate the hair - there's a lot of wind in the film.. I heard some use…"
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Benjamin Grare commented on Benjamin Grare's video
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Gifted

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Benjamin Grare posted a video

Gifted

The story of a man who received power. Réalisé par Benjamin Grare Musique de Dimitri Dabet Son par Jean-Sébastien Bonnet
yesterday
Nick Gonin posted a video

The Monsters Killer

Music: Silent Partner - Mob Battle NickGonin.com/about-me See also my Vine channel: vine.co/NickGonin
yesterday
Sean Johnson posted a video

Turkey Day

One magical Thanksgiving morning... Special thanks to Mommy Monkey and Big Monkey of thefourmonkeys! Be sure to check out their channel: https://www.youtube....
Saturday
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Annie Wong's discussion Adobe Premiere/Effects animating a matte for rig removal
"Try this Tut, which is nice and clear: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-after-effects-cc/using-the-pen-tool-to-make-masks/ When you have created a mask, you can animate it by moving along the timeline until you find a place where the mask does not…"
Friday
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Hani's discussion Making silicone puppet
"I use metal sculpting tools to mix with, so they can be wiped clean or left with the silicone on to set. Yoghurt pot demand often outstrips supply in this household!"
Friday
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Lighting question for all you's guys
"Thanks, Nick! Well, the temperature that the clay gets soft even before the lights are heating the entire room is going to come from two 50 watt halogens a couple of feet away (just because it's direct, concentrated light). I have found that…"
Friday
Sean O'Hara commented on Sean O'Hara's video
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Barbie's Fifty Shades of Pink - a Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey

"It's great to be back animating and I thank you for your comment. I wouldn't say that I no longer care about pleasing my mainstream audience... especially since I recreated one of the most anticipated movies. I will say that, after taking…"
Friday
StopmoNick replied to Hani's discussion Making silicone puppet
"I mix silicone in plastic containers that once held yoghurt or something.  Once set, the silicone may peel off, but if there is a thin coating of unmixed residue left behind I just throw it out and eat more yoghurt!  You can buy packs of…"
Friday
StopmoNick replied to Don Carlson's discussion Lighting question for all you's guys
"My lights don't have much effect on the temperature of the puppet.  I use mostly 50 watt halogens, usually at least 1.5 metres away from the subject.  LEDs would be cooler and have even less effect on clay (if I used clay to animate…"
Friday
 
 
 

Puppet Putty

Puppet Putty is formulated by clay animator Don Carlson. Properties include colors that do not bleed on your hands, a matte finish, cleans up with water, is very light weight, firm, non-greasy and has a silky texture.

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LIGHTING!

Started by Becky Weston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Jack Liddon 14 minutes ago. 15 Replies

Hello fellow stop motion-ers!I have managed to teach myself enough to make a few stop motions, but I still don't quite understand what type of lighting/bulbs to use to prevent the subtle flickering throughout an animation? I want to be able to…Continue

Tags: flicker, no, cheap, lighting

Nikon D3200 and D3300 in Dragonframe 3.6

Started by Dyami Caliri in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

I just wanted to let you all know that some of the entry-level Nikons are now supported in Dragonframe. They are very popular cameras, and fairly inexpensive, so they may be a good choice for starting with stop motion animation.If you own…Continue

Fitting components inside a slush cast head

Started by Anthony Leigh in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING 7 hours ago. 0 Replies

I have three heads which I are going to have moulds made of them, and then are going to be slush cast. I want to put little wooden blocks inside the head with holes for the eyes to sit in, wire and epoxy for the nose and epoxy putty teeth with a…Continue

Tags: slush, head, cast, mould, latex

Puppet casting

Started by Jack Spiggle in NEWBIE CORNER 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hey guys, Im new here and this is my first post so be gentle =3. Im looking to do a simple, 1-3 min (roughly) stop motion "exercise" just to see what I can do. I've made the storyboard, am attempting an anamatic and I am almost ready to start making…Continue

Tags: silicone, polyurethane, flexible, puppets, Casting

Making silicone puppet

Started by Hani in CASTING. Last reply by Hani yesterday. 18 Replies

Hi everyoneI'm working on a puppet of a girl, and I want to use silicone for the skin. I tried to make it of Dragon Skin 10 but the result goes too smooth and looks very doll like - as in the picture here:…Continue

Adobe Premiere/Effects animating a matte for rig removal

Started by Annie Wong in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Scottie D. on Saturday. 4 Replies

Hi! I was wondering if anyone could tell me or point me in the direction of a tutorial for animating a matte for rig removal in Adobe Premiere or After Effects? Here's a quickie little test I did of my puppet just to dip my feet into how his rig…Continue

Tags: adobe, removal, rig

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