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Santino Vitale posted a discussion

Monster Makers Foam -- New Mix Ratios

Hello all,I'm not sure how many of you out there use Monster Makers foam latex -- for me, it's the ONLY foam I ever use and have recommended it highly over the years.... till recently.This past week, I bought a new quart kit for a project, and discovered that the Mix Ratios had been changed "as of 2013" it said, "we strongly recommend that you use 170g of foam base instead of 150g. It will make better foam etc etc". So, I did as it said, and 4 hours later, cracked open the mold to find a hollow skin (never gelled).I went back over the instructions and found what I believe to be a small error in their measurements: 170g foam base, 30g foaming agent, 15g cure agent, and 10g gelling agent! -- in the old instructions, all the measurements are exactly the same save for the base, 150g, and the gel, which used to be 12g.   And that's not the worst part, on the back of the form, it tells you measurements for cups and spoons (for people w/out gram scales) and they say a 1/2 teaspoon of gel --…See More
2 hours ago
John Martin replied to John Martin's discussion Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs
"egular 8mm hung around for awhile. I used my dad's camera which he got the year I was born (1956). It had single frame capability. I actually STILL have that camera. Kept it for nostalgia's sake. I shot 2 movies with it, then moved on to…"
7 hours ago
StopmoNick replied to John Martin's discussion Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs
"My very first dinos were shot on regular 8mm film too, on a used Bell and Howell, back in the sixties!   Didn't know the standard 8 film was still around in the 70s, thought Super 8 had replaced it.  They were clay, and all my…"
14 hours ago
Joshua Liebling replied to Joshua Liebling's discussion Has anyone cast from polyamide 3d prints?
"Thanks for the response, Nick! I get a feeling this will be a sticky mess, but trial and error it is..."
14 hours ago
StopmoNick replied to Joshua Liebling's discussion Has anyone cast from polyamide 3d prints?
"Didn't know that about the water.  You could coat it with something to seal it first.  I had to do that to make a polyester resin fibreglass mould from a big water-based clay sculpture once, because polyester won't cure in…"
14 hours ago
StopmoNick replied to Krista W's discussion Lighting Equipment
"I have heard of Birdies but can't say I've actually seen one or know what wattage they are.  I mostly use low-cost halogen lighting from Disco lighting suppliers. Halogens are gradually being replaced by energy saving LEDs - I believe…"
14 hours ago
Krista W posted a discussion

Lighting Equipment

Hello, I recently received funding for my stop motion project.  I would like to purchase lighting equipment that I can use for this and future projects.  Any suggestions? Lighting is the one area that I don't know much about. Thoughts on dimmer? Any thoughts on halogene Birdies? Thanks!See More
17 hours ago
Jack Liddon commented on Robert A Howell's video
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GATOR: Behind the scenes - stop motion animation

"If you have a higher res copy of the film, you should post it to Vimeo or even YouTube again. It's getting a bit mangled in 2007 compression. Love the gator puppet. Looks like it was a fun build."
19 hours ago
Joshua Liebling posted a discussion

Has anyone cast from polyamide 3d prints?

Polyamide plastic will apparently break down with water exposure, so this rules out gypsum molds. I'm curious if anyone here knows whether two-part silicone putty or other material would work with polyamide? I know this can be done with PLA. My end goal is casting a silicone puppet, but I have no problem making an intermediate cast in wax to accomplish this. (This sounds convoluted, but I happen to have both a printable sculpt from a CG project and access to a commercial laser sintering printer...)See More
21 hours ago
Dawn Brown posted a video

House of Monsters

The House of Monsters web series premieres on Vimeo On Demand on July 28th!
23 hours ago
Chris Neuhahn replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Hello Everybody, My name is Chris Neuhahn. I'm new to stop motion but not to animation. I've been working in CG TV animation (Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation TV) for 8+ years. In my personal work lately  I've been chasing a…"
yesterday
Molly McCandless replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
" I just read a little of your blog and am excited to dig through it more! Thanks so much for your help! "
yesterday
Roos Mattaar replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Thanks :)I made a blog during the building process, although I stopped updating it somewhere when I finally got the wing design right, and there's a lot of ramble about bird anatomy, but if it can be useful in any…"
yesterday
John Martin replied to John Martin's discussion Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs
"I think your dinosaurs look really cool. That is exactly what I am looking for regarding  my RETURN TO MONSTER ISLAND. I have some films online, but none that have animation or FX etc. MONSTER ISLAND was shot in regular 8mm in1972, silent,…"
yesterday
Jack Spiggle posted a video

Stop motion animation personality walk test

A quick personality walk I did to test the limitations of my puppet.
yesterday
StopmoNick replied to John Martin's discussion Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs
"Are any of your films online?  Like the original Monster Island? I haven't done dinosaurs since the early 90s, shooting a stopmotion doco ("Once Upon Australia") with a 16mm Bolex.  I'm happy with some of my puppets,…"
yesterday
 
 
 

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Monster Makers Foam -- New Mix Ratios

Started by Santino Vitale in CASTING 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello all,I'm not sure how many of you out there use Monster Makers foam latex -- for me, it's the ONLY foam I ever use and have recommended it highly over the years.... till recently.This past week, I bought a new quart kit for a project, and…Continue

Tags: gelling, bad, puppets, casting, makers

Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs

Started by John Martin in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by John Martin 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

I am a filmmaking veteran of 43 years. I began in 8MM and moved on with the times, now shooting in digital. I am not a professional. My very first film was a stop motion project called MONSTER ISLAND. To make a long story short, after 43 years, I am…Continue

Has anyone cast from polyamide 3d prints?

Started by Joshua Liebling in CASTING. Last reply by Joshua Liebling 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

Polyamide plastic will apparently break down with water exposure, so this rules out gypsum molds. I'm curious if anyone here knows whether two-part silicone putty or other material would work with polyamide? I know this can be done with PLA. My end…Continue

Tags: mold, making, polyamide, casting, printing

Lighting Equipment

Started by Krista W in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by StopmoNick 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello, I recently received funding for my stop motion project.  I would like to purchase lighting equipment that I can use for this and future projects.  Any suggestions? Lighting is the one area that I don't know much about. Thoughts on dimmer? Any…Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Chris Neuhahn yesterday. 459 Replies

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

Camera/Set mover

Started by Dave Hettmer in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Chris Johnson on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Here's a gizmo I recently built for someone who teaches stopmo at a university in PA.  It's a heavy-duty camera mover.  All those who saw it on the Facebook dot com dot net dot dot can ignore this post. :-)…Continue

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