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advice for motion blur in stop motion

Started by Iulian Demetrescu in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick 13 hours ago. 11 Replies

HI all,All of us struggle, at least i think we do, with motion blur in our stop motion animation. There are several techniques involved, starting with moving the puppet while capturing the frame, processing the frames in POST in some compositing or graphic package, or some other technique i never heard about yet. Since my project will involve fast movements, i am forced to take into consideration the motion blur. Some of the moves, the ones controlled by MOCO, will be blurred in camera but there are some moves that i would prefer to do in compositor. I made some tests and i would like some feedback from you. Workflow was :DF-D3300->Blender(scale/resize)->Fusion-8(motion-blur)->Lightworks(final edit and titling).Thank you in advance for all your help,JDContinue

Silicone skins and armature placement in a puppet

Started by bigbossross in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 2 Replies

I will be casting a silicone puppet soon, and I am wondering how close (in mm) my armature can be to the surface. I have a facial armature ive made, and the eyebrow paddles are pretty close to the surface. I plan to wrap the metal paddles in foam sports wrap prior to casting with silicone. Thanks!

New to silicone puppets - eyelids?

Started by Sean S in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi allI am making my first puppet and have good luck with the head so far.But I have no found any videos on how to do eyelids for silicone puppets.I imagine they are not part of the total head casting but dont know how to get blinking eyes with the cast head.I appreciate any advice.Thank youSeanContinue

Lighting feedback

Started by Twin Tales in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 4 Replies

Hey! Was practicing some lighting and would appreciate if someone would like to give some feedback on this shot.The focus was mostly to get the lighting correct and good looking.It's meant to be a seedy bar environment during the night but inside the bar the lights would be a bit dimmed but turned on to give the room some overall lighting, we did not want it to be to dark. We tried to create some depth with the door to the left of the character.And we also tried to make 4 layers of dark, bright, dark and bright. With the red side of the face being in shadow, the blue side being bright, the wall being dark and then the doorway being bright and with the returning red color.  So what do you think of the overall lighting, colors and so on?Thanks.Continue

Armaturist looking for work

Started by André Michaud in JOBS & PROJECTS. Last reply by Min Young OH on Saturday. 1 Reply

My new website is online!www.theartofandrew.comI'm open to any comment about my work. Feel free to contact me :-DContinue

Looking to hire for a stop motion commercial

Started by April Lowe in JOBS & PROJECTS. Last reply by Min Young OH on Saturday. 1 Reply

Looking to hire a stop motion animator to produce a commercial for use on social media.  It will be on a slotted felt letter board with plastic letters.  See attached photo.  We need a stop motion of a blank letter board with letters appearing on it one by one to write a quote.Turnaround time is about 1 month.Continue

I'm choosing between TWO online armature kits...

Started by Hannah Garcia in ARMATURES. Last reply by Brandon Ayers on Friday. 5 Replies

Hi there!!I'll be ordering two armatures this week but am not sure which to go for. option one is through: http://www.animationsupplies.net/armatures/standard-armature.htmloption two is through: http://www.stopmotionshop.com/pro-studio-armature-kit-329-p.aspI have heard things about the animation supplies armatures not being great quality. Our film is 5-6 minutes long. I have heard good things about JC's stuff, but I'm wondering if anyone here has had experience with it? Please let me know your thoughts!Thanks!Continue

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Animation Tips

Started by Natalie Grammer in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Daniel Wernëck on Friday. 7 Replies

Hey everyone,I am getting very close to finishing my set and I am preparing for filming. I'm a little nervous to animate my characters because I'm not using tie-downs. It was a decision I decided not to do because I didn't really know enough about it and it seemed like a lot of work (and I have a limited amount of time). My characters are fairly tall (range from 8 - 12 inches) and quite light. I am thinking of using sticky putty at the bottoms of their feet but I know that's not going to be perfect. Any advice or tips on animating so things can run smoothly would be very appreciated!Thanks :DContinue

Question about lighting

Started by Twin Tales in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Iulian Demetrescu on Friday. 7 Replies

Hello! Im not an expert in lighting. But Im looking to get some small lights to simulate  light coming from say a desk lamp.Kind of like the lights visable in these images. (below)What kind of lights do they use? I bought a really cheap candlestick light from IKEA, but they got really hot after a while and that kind of worried me. And they didn't seem that reliable overall. Any tips on where and what lights to purchase?Continue

1st Ever StopMotionAnimation.com STOPMO JAM

Started by Anthony Scott in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Serge Taganski on Friday. 147 Replies

Announcing the 1st Ever StopMotionAnimation.com STOPMO JAM!What is it?An opportunity for animators to be a part of a stop motion experimental film.How does it work?You animate at home or in your studio. Your animation takes place on a simple white set. A white sweep is best. (see set examples below) Your subject(s) must enter frame at the start and exit frame by the end so that the next shot can be cut together with yours. One shot, no cuts, up to 20 seconds in length.Deadline to complete animation is April 18, 2016. Once all entries are submitted, I'll cut them together and feature the final film here on StopMotionAnimation.com.RULES AND GUIDELINESI will update this as needed so check back occasionally.Deadline: April 18, 2016 (extended from April 1)Theme: Spring (all definitions of the word)Shot length: Up to 20 seconds. One shot, no cuts.Set Floor and Background must be white, a white sweep is a good way to accomplish this. Your shot must start with a blank white frame and end the same way.Puppets can be made of clay, paper, foam, wire, sand, whichever materials you can utilize to create your design but it must be stop motion animated. Sorry no LEGOs, action figures, toys, or store bought items are allowed UNLESS it is modified (painted, covered with paper or clay, etc). The goal is to make a hand-made experimental film. Stop motion puppets, 2d cutouts, sand, painting, pixelation, all hand-made animation techniques allowed as long as it is against a white field. Depending on interest, there may be a LEGO JAM or a CLAY JAM in the future.Audio, dialogue, sound effects are allowed but no music please. I will try to either have music composed or find music that fits the whole film if needed.Content must be ok for kids to watch. Please nothing political. I reserve the right not to include your animation if it doesn't fit into these guidelines. If you have any questions, please post below.---------Technical GuidelinesFrame Rate: 24fpsAspect Ratio 1920 x…Continue


 
 
 

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