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Greyguy replied to DimensionalAnimator's discussion Epoxy breaks
"you can get tiny t Nuts also,,RC supplies"
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Greyguy replied to Cadmus Rimbeaux's discussion Stop Motion as a legitimate special effect
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Greyguy replied to Yorwick's discussion Stop Motion Armatures in the US
"I make my own(haven't animated them yet)but sounds like your funds are limited so maybe making your own could be a good choice and you will be learning a new skill"
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Greyguy replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"I think perhaps you are still using to much silicone.I have not used this technique but all you need it to barely get a the silicone(think of it as if you sprayed a thin coat on the surface to tack the powder to) See how he hardly puts the silicone…"
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Epoxy breaks

Started by DimensionalAnimator in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

Hello ,well...i have a problem...,probably you can help me with itI used epoxy to hold the nut into the wire but it does not support the great strength of the joint and it brokeDid you know another material ? (I've seen metal plates but that's very expensive and difficult for me)Thanks for reading meContinue

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Stop Motion as a legitimate special effect

Started by Cadmus Rimbeaux in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Greyguy 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Stop motion animation is generally regarded as having been abandoned as a serious special effect in the early 90's around the time CG was being ushered in by Jurassic Park. Filmmakers like Henry Selick, Tim Burton, and the lovely folks at Aardman and Laika have allowed stop motion to survive as a medium, however every film from Chicken Run to Kubo uses stop motion in a highly stylized, cartoonish manner. For the past many months I've been writing a horror-fantasy film in which an army of undead nazis comes into our world and wreaks havoc. The tone of the film will, I hope, successfully walk the line between horror comedy films like Return of the Living Dead and Evil Dead II and more somber coming of age stories like It and Stranger Things. I plan on filming in a "neo-expressionist" style similar to Edward Scissorhands, while incorporating vibrant symbolist imagery like that in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Most of the undead nazis will be cable control puppets and guys in zombie makeup. There are a few scenes however where I would like to use stop motion animation rather than CG/VFX. The stop motion will be used alongside live action characters and cut with full size sets. My question is whether or not stop motion can be used these days to successfully bring to life a realistic character.  Continue

Stop Motion Armatures in the US

Started by Yorwick in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

I've just relocated  back to the States after seven years studying in the UK. I used animationsupplies.net to get armatures for all the short films I made in my UK studio. Now back in New York, I can't find a US equivalent. I've seen online stores selling animationsupplies.net armatures but for much higher prices. I'd appreciate some advice from any US-based animators. What's your favorite source for ball-and-socket armature kits? Or do you prefer to make your own from scratch?Thanks in advance!Continue

Getting consistent results Matting Silicone

Started by bigbossross in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Greyguy 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

I am having trouble getting consistent results while applying matting powder to my recently painted platinum Silicone casts.   Sometimes they look evenly matted and nice, other times they have white streaky areas.    I've been painting a very thin layer (as thin as possible) of clear platsil gel-10 diluted down by half with naphtha.  Immediately after coating the cast, I take a fan brush and brush on the Fuse FX Matting powder. After 5 minutes or so I force-cure it with a heat gun and then rinse off the powder about 12 hours later.My question is: What is the proper matting method? Am i not using enough clear coat? Should i wait a bit before brushing on the powder in order to avoid the white patches?Continue

Claymation desktop tests

Started by Angus Lamont in CLAY yesterday. 0 Replies

A couple of Claymation tests using Dragonframe. I challenged myself to animate clay as a 'liquid', the results I am quite happy with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtVC9RGbZHAContinue

Stop motion pro help

Started by Alex in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 3 Replies

Hi Guys,Sorry if I put this in the wrong area, wasn't exactly sure where this question goes. So I'm helping my partner make a stop motion film using stop motion pro and at the beginning of filming she noticed that the pictures were mirrored, unfortunately she assumed you could fix it later but she hasn't found a way to do that yet.She's found the button that changes the live view to make the new photos not mirrored but I guess my question is does anyone know How To un-mirror the photos she's already taken?  If she can't do it in stop motion pro can she do it while editing? Any help would be really helpful Continue

Better ways to paint Platsil Gel 10 ?

Started by Frej Bengtsson & Stellan Rutstam in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 25 Replies

Howdy y'all!I'm having some difficulties with painting Platsil Gel 10, I was recommended as a cheap solution to buy regular oil colors mixed with silicone. To thin it out I used a small bottle of chemical clean heptane/gasoline. But I'm not satisfied with the look,the substance is to sticky (see the picture)Any other ideas or ways to get a persistent paintjob done over platsil gel 10 silicone? would be greatly appreciatedContinue

Frames being added in Final Cut 7

Started by Stanley Milton Strawn in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 10 Replies

Hey, I have been animating in Dragon Stop motion and then making quicktime .mov files out of them for insertion into my Final Cut Pro7 edits...BUT, I noticed that every 4-5 frames a duplicate frame(of the last frame) is being created...so, a stutter effect is happening. I have actually had to go in and cut out a frame every 4-5...Has anyone encountered this problem? I double checked my frame rate in dragon  (I'm going 24 FPS), and our live action was also shot 24P. So don't understand the situation and how to remedy. Thanks!Continue

Seeking Stop Motion Animators for opportunity with Viral Kids YouTube Channel

Started by brandon kaplan in JOBS & PROJECTS. Last reply by Evan DeRushie Jan 9. 1 Reply

Hello! I have an opportunity for the right animators.  I run a kids YouTube channel with a large following which you can see here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3o_SgXSdZoJDKq1GyQoAQLooking for animators who can do animation of this quality:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnltFSl_DQ0Please contact me with your per minute rate and samples of your work to info@fuzzypuppet.com  I have A LOT of work for the right person.Continue

Tags: freelance, cartoon, job, stopmotion, youtube

Cant find stop motion software

Started by DimensionalAnimator in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Steve Walther Jan 7. 1 Reply

Hello friends,maybe can you help me with something? A have already purchased a reflex camera D3400 Nikon,but i cant find a software that can recognize it in real time into the line-editing life mode. Video Studio pro x9 doesnt work Dragon frame is so expensive Camtasia and sony vegas take an eternity moving the large group of pictures into the line-editing Magix seems like it recognize my camera but dont know how to use it....dont know if its capable to include the photos in real time with the FPS asigned to ALL photos Im in troubles,please help meContinue

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