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4 Week Stop Motion Animation Mentoring with Tim Allen in London (Jul-Aug 2019)

Started by Tim Allen in ANIMATION SCHOOLS. Last reply by James Krysa 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

This coming July-August I'm running the biggest & most advanced Stop Motion Animation training course I have ever given!It will be 4 weeks of mentoring from myself at the prestigious Pinewood Studios, London for Creative Media Skills. CMS provide professional industry training & this will be their 1st course dedicated to animation!Each week is broken down into easily digestible sections, starting simply & gradually building up complexity. The weeks are broken into Anatomy & Body LanguageWalking & RunningCharacter Staging & Performance & lastly, Advanced Performance. Plus we will be using the highly sought after new Stickbones puppets, renowned for their incredible articulation!Bookings are now open! Click …Continue

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

Beaver sculpture need suggestions.

Started by Jet Zhang in SCULPTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 10 hours ago. 3 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

Casting helmets

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 10 hours ago. 3 Replies

Do you guys know any cheap ways to cast fullface medieval helmets?Continue

Lola the cheeky dog

Started by Tim in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Aksel 12 hours ago. 4 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. …Continue

I made another test animation - walk cycle

Started by Mozen in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Anthony Scott on Friday. 1 Reply

Heyo,Here's my first walk cycle test. I have access to my school's studio for the next month, so I'm trying to make the most of my time there :)Feedback super duper welcome!Continue

Animatronics

Started by John T. Vonachen in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by John T. Vonachen May 19. 9 Replies

Has anyone ever done stop motion with animatronics?  It seems like that would be an ideal solution to doing stop-motion really fast.Continue

Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears

Started by Ben Young in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick May 19. 4 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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New stopmo short on SYFY channel

Started by Dawn Brown in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Dawn Brown May 17. 2 Replies

Hey stop motion friends,I just made a station identification spot (a bumper) for the SYFY channel and it is running on TV now. You may recognize this little guy from the first StopMo Jam a couple years back!Continue

Tags: SYFY, Jam, Stopmo, Brown, Dawn

Pipe Cleaner Cat Animation

Started by Mozen in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Mozen May 15. 2 Replies

Hi hi hi hi hi hi hi,I get to use the stop motion studio at Sheridan College for the next month, so I started off with a quick test to see how the rigs, camera, and Dragon Frame work.All I had were some pipe cleaners to animate, and here's what I came up with. Overall this took about 8 hours to complete. I hope you enjoy! I plan on doing a bunch more tests in the coming weeks. Feedback more than welcome!-TerryContinue

 
 
 

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James Krysa replied to Tim Allen's discussion 4 Week Stop Motion Animation Mentoring with Tim Allen in London (Jul-Aug 2019)
"very impressive showreel Tim.. I would love to do your course, but I am probably not ready for that…"
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Beaver sculpture need suggestions.
"Then it might be better to cast the legs separately. Will there be some hair to help disguise the…"
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