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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Aarica North's discussion Heat Shrink Tubing
"I usually use a hot air gun for heat shrink tubing."
5 hours ago
Megan Stypulkoska replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Hi everyone! I'm an oil and watercolor painter who has always been into stop-motion animation ever since I first saw Gumby as a kid! I'm a bit of a technophobe and really only use cameras to (poorly) photograph my paintings. However, now…"
7 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"It looks really good, and very solid. I can see now how you can extend and retract the arm, which will be a very useful axis as you said for confined areas. Very different from my more conventional jib, but I can see yours working well. Many ways to…"
10 hours ago
Don Carlson replied to Jack Spiggle's discussion Claymation with polymer clay
"I know a guy who has done a ton of animation with polymer clay."
21 hours ago


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Heat Shrink Tubing

Started by Aarica North in ARMATURES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hey all!I just built my first ball and socket armature and have run into something puzzling: the kit provides clear plastic heat shrink tubing to seal the wire fingers. The instructions say to activate it by boiling water and pouring it over the tubing, but it is not shrinking at all for me. Anyone have any tips? Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Megan Stypulkoska 7 hours ago. 502 Replies

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

Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom

Started by Iulian Demetrescu in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 10 hours ago. 10 Replies

After more than 3 years of planning, thinking, reading and experimenting stopmo, i decided it is time to start the big project. I have an idea of a short video and in the time passed i refined it untill now when i know exactly what i want to show, how i want it to be filmed, what equipment i need,etc. Part of the project, there is this dollie/crane assembly that is required to move the camera around the stage smoothly and swiftly. The particularity of the crane is that it is built with readily available materials from hardware store that are 3D printed. From my calculations, the crane will be able to support a camera up to 5 Kg along with the required automation like follow-focus.For the music video i am planning to film, the camera jib and several other MOCO systems will be controlled by a computer. The same computer will also control DF remotely. The reason for this setup is because i need to plan the shots and see them in real time and make the required changes to camera path and props before the actual shot is made since there is a lot of automated motion on the set.Regards,JDContinue

Claymation with polymer clay

Started by Jack Spiggle in CLAY. Last reply by Don Carlson 21 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hey guys,Im doing a little bit of stop motion for my art final work this year at school and have decided to redo a work I did last year of growing up because I didnt have much time last year to finish (Ive attached last years work below). I ran into some problems last time tho such as morphing figures with a wire armature is a pain and because I was animating at school, every time I came back my puppet would have drooped and sagged. The oil clay also liked to bleed onto my hands quite a bit (it was really cheapy clay that we had in the store room).I reckon puppet putty would be ideal but living in Aus its harder to come by so I was just wondering if anyone had tried clay animation with polymer clay like super sculpey? I have played around with the firm version and it seems like the normal version may work for what I need. But would I be able to animate smallish figures, say 2-3 inches tall, without an armature? I figure it would crack quite a bit but Im not going to be doing much "animation" with it, mostly morphing. Thanks in advance,JackEDIT:File doesnt seem to open for me so I uploaded it to youtube:Continue

Tags: clay, Polymer

Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...

Started by Tim Ryan in CASTING. Last reply by Tim Ryan on Friday. 18 Replies

Hi everyone!I have created a  silicone model (see attached pic) but it is in separite pieces and I was wondering if I could get some advice on the best way to attach them. The model is made from Platsil Gel 25.I have bought clear RTV silicone  to attach the piece to the main trunk at its point of contact but am unsure how to get a smooth silicone transition that conceals the - at present - very visible seam. I have been told I can paste silicone over it with more appropriately coloured platsil gel 25, thickened with tinthix. Does this sound feasible? Im worried there might be a transparency that leaves the join visible through the silicone. I am also worried that the new layer wont be smooth.On a seperate note - I also have slight colour differation between the pieces. I am planning on painting the model with silicone pigments - is this correctable during this process or will I have to recast?Any info on both these questions greatly appreciatedTimContinue

Digital video camera for stop motion?

Started by Michael Ahumada in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Michael Ahumada on Friday. 2 Replies

Hello everyone,I am new here and just registered today.I have a question: I am starting out in stop motion animation and need some advice on a camera.I do not yet have a DSLR camera to use for animation, however what I do own is an old standard definition Canon ZR 850 digital home video camera. I have been shooting some stop motion tests with it and the results are somewhat low resolution. My question is this: Is this possibly due to the low resolution chip of the camera itself or the actual taking lens?I also noticed that when I have the camera on zoom, the quality seems to deteriorate. I seem to get better results when I have the camera lens set at full-wide and bring the lens up close to the subject.Any advice would be helpful.Thanks!MichaelContinue

non-digital wool mouths?

Started by Bram Vrancken in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Feb 10. 3 Replies

so i have got this new project starting today because a client loved how we did the last animation as a school project (this one: ).because i have learned a lot in between projects, this one is going to be way more professional than the last one. last time i used iron wires, and the puppets were way too small to be animated properly...BUT my question, or subject of discussion: How can i make non-digital mouths look good, if it's possible in the first place. i was thinking of electric wire, or 1mm aluminum wire but i have none lying around atm. and then put some wool around is just like we did for the puppet and keep stabbin' it with a "viltnaald" (im dutch, no idea what vilting is in english, you just stab wool with this needle that has little hooks which pull the wool into wool, creating a hairy, and with some trimming/shaving, plain, tight and neat, pelt). this stripe of mouth will only be attached to the face using a little pin like on pushpin, so it can easily be replaced with another during animating.PLS LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! any other suggestions, thoughts, ideas, they are always more than welcome!Continue

How to Start

Started by Taylor Browne in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Taylor Browne Feb 9. 6 Replies

Hey, guys. I've made a character for my own little stop motion film idea that I had to do as a project but i never really got to make a short film or even a 10 second clip of animation for that character. I am so excited to learn more about stop motion and become a successful animator but my only issue is that I'm nervous about starting and I don't know what I should start with. I would love to create short stories that I could develop into 1 or 1 and a half minute long animations with not too simple characters. I'm really into detail and I'm a HUGE perfectionist when it comes to pretty much everything I do. I feel like I should start off with writing a story, then going into designing characters and then animating an entire sequence. I don't know if that's a good place to start or if it sounds like a dumb idea. Any advice is greatly appreciated and it would mean a lot to me to know how some of you guys started because I'm honestly blown away by the photos and videos I've seen on this site!Continue

The Gate and I, Madman get the deluxe Blu-Ray treatment

Started by Strider in STOP MOTION ON VIDEO Feb 9. 0 Replies

I recently dusted off my old DVDs of both of these movies, as well as the sequel to The Gate, and they still have the magic I remembered from years back. At some point I decided to see if there was any production info available, because I was interested in how these little gems were made and got to the screen with so much heart and authenticity intact - a rare thing. Lo and behold, I discovered both on Blu-Ray, complete with loads of behind the scenes featurettes and commentary tracks, featuring special effects supervisor Randall William Cook and director Tibor Takacs, as well as the writer of The Gate Michael Nankin.I, Madman is already available and The Gate can currently be pre-ordered (shipping Feb 28). Those are links to Amazon by the way. Here are a couple of the featurettes included on The Gate:.. And the trailers for both movies:... And, since it wasn't even shown in the trailer - for those who haven't seen it - the Demon Lord:Continue

Camera good for stop mo and live action

Started by Cadmus Rimbaud in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Feb 9. 10 Replies

HeyI'm currently on the hunt for a new camera compatible with Dragonframe. I'm hoping to find something less than $400-500 that allows me to shoot for stop motion *and* live action film. I'm not sure if any DSLRs/SLRs fit that description?A friend of mine recommended a Canon Rebel T, however it does not have autofocus for when filming live, which would prevent an issue. I realize though that manually controlled focus is a must for stop motion. Does anyone know of a good camera for this purpose?Continue


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