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Cleo replied to Samer Khaleel's discussion 1 $ Handmade Armature
"Yes, I noticed that after I posted here, sorry silly me Did you get the parts at a hardware store? I know I can get the steel rods and possibly the plastic balls, but the plastic plates, I am not sure.. Any photos…"
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Samer Khaleel replied to Samer Khaleel's discussion 1 $ Handmade Armature
"I offered help in your earlier post "Ball and socket joints" but it seems you didn't notice I made the armature using 8mm plastic balls and 3mm plastic plates with 4mm steel rod it's very cheap and easy to make. you can wait for…"
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1 $ Handmade Armature

Started by Samer Khaleel in ARMATURES. Last reply by Cleo 51 minutes ago. 6 Replies

I made this armature for my film project. It's very cheap,strong,flexible and easy to make with the right tools.I was wondering if making a tutorial video will be a good idea.waiting for your opinions.Continue

Snubbery

Started by prammaven in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by prammaven 9 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hi folks, I've noticed this a lot, and it's confusing and prevalent enough that it's high time it was addressed directly: Why are some professional animators friendly and happy to talk about their work and others are cold and indifferent and never write back? Is this a policy at the studios that individuals decide whether or not to enforce -"don't help anyone who asks for it- you'll train our competition", or a personality quirk? Whatever it is, it's irksome. We all have the same interests here, so we can all stand to be approachable and communicative. In my opinion, anyone who gives the cold shoulder for spite is an enemy of stop motion (and, well, a jerk- let's be honest). It has been historically shown that every time someone tries to hog all the glory of something for themselves,  they end up taking it to the grave and it becomes an obscure knowledge. How does that keep the craft going? That's only going to cut it off at the kneecaps and ensure its demise! Can't speak for everyone, but I got robbed at gunpoint the other week at my night job and have been trying to leave it for years because it isn't a safe place to work- and have never been able to because someone impersonated me on the internet and it shows up in every search for my name and occupation whenever someone does a search. How do I convince you it's not me? I can't... And that's exactly how a lot of newbies feel once they have gotten good enough to be a pro and no one will give them a chance- because other peoples' first impression of them was not accurate or representative of how far they've come. Lots of mid-level animators in this boat, some starving. At least one killed himself, and I know another guy who has thought about it. Social isolation is toxic to passion and talent to the point of being deadly.  Let's talk.Continue

Stop-motion how-to books

Started by Gisele Nour in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by PupCup 17 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hey hey everyone,I've only done basic stop-motion informed through my own trial and error but am really invested in learning more and doing more over the next year (planning on making a stop-motion film next year).There are so many books on stop-motion in various forms and I'm not sure which to go with - are there any suggestions or recommendations for the best books to start out? Anything that stands out?Currently considering:https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Motion-Animation-Creative-Videos/dp/1438002556https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Motion-Skills-Animation-Effects/dp/0240520556https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Art-Stop-Motion-Animation/dp/1435456130https://www.amazon.com/Basics-Animation-Stop-motion-Barry-Purves/dp/2940373736Thanks in advance!Continue

Tags: books, how-to, stop-motion

The lighthouse by Simon Scheiber

Started by Jasper Kuipers in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Adam Taylor yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi there! Years ago I visited this guy working on his own film in his own little studio whenever he had the time in between paid jobs. After 7 years of working on the lighthouse it has done a festival tour and has now been released online. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out! It's beautifull and a testament to where a little perceverence can get you!https://vimeo.com/193851364Continue

Video reference

Started by Adam Taylor in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Waldemar Schuur yesterday. 16 Replies

I am curious to know how, or if, the rest of you are using video reference.  I occasionally film myself to plan a shot and pick my favorite poses and retime them to better suit the animation.  What I am really looking for is to see how to not only study the primary movement but the secondary actions that better describe the inner character and deeper emotion of the character.  I feel like that is the next step in my animation path but am not sure of how to move forward.  Advice? Experiences? Continue

Green screen animation backdrop

Started by Cadmus Rimbaud in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by Cadmus Rimbaud on Friday. 6 Replies

Hey guysI have some new projects buzzing around in my head that will most likely require the use of a green screen. My puppets are built to be tied down to the animation table by a screw coming up from underneath the table and into the foot. This method requires I drill a number of holes in the board- this has never been an issue of visibility as camera angling combined with the texturing of the board nicely hides the holes. I'm worried though that if I utilized a green screen backdrop and a green floor that the holes would be like gaping tears in the chroma keying process. Does anyone know how to navigate this issue? I realize I could just not show the puppet's feet, but that wouldn't fly for every shot. I'm asking for variety's sake. Anybody know how magnets would work for a 10-12" puppet?Online sources for buying green screen cloth or paint?or, does anyone know if this would NOT be an issue in the editing process? Thanks-CadmusContinue

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 323 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

Amazing Mini-Fig stop motion

Started by prammaven in ANIMATOR TALK on Wednesday. 0 Replies

This is exactly the kind of aesthetic I've always hoped to see in Lego-style animation. Look how SMOOTH it is! After studying it frame by frame, it is apparent that this is not 30fps on a mix of ones and twos, but 24 translated to 30 with a 3:2 pulldown cadence. He had an earlier version with hazy atmospheric music but it was unlisted, so out of respect I'm not posting it. But yeah, look at that! Most of it is on ones.Continue

Tags: motion, stop, Mingle, Monsieur

Water droplets/ice effects using boiled isomalt, salt, water, and olive oil

Started by prammaven in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by prammaven on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Not sure if ants or small rodents are attracted to this sugar substitute but a Google search says they aren't, and isomalt stays clear once heated and allowed to cool- which means you should be able to use it instead of resin for replacement water effects. At $5.00 per pound, it seems like an inexpensive alternative. Demonstration of IsomaltContinue

My very first stop motion animation video! Looking for feedback!

Started by Rampestrek in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Please let me know what you think! https://youtu.be/86IHZIQ4fMEContinue

Tags: video, first, my


 
 
 

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