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Atoupeira Experience

Synopsis: This video is a test with music of Dead Can Dance 'Yulunga (Spirit Dance) it was taken from a stop motion short film, still in its production, was inspired by many pagan religious stories and also by the ancient legends spread worldwide…
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Graham Ludders's discussion Life of Gray script critique?
"I have just been going through this process for my own script, and once i got the sequences numbered i started work on the storyboard with an artist who specialises in them. He drew about 350 sketches. Then I put them all in a timeline, guessing at…"
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Geoff Clark replied to Mark Blann's discussion securing your armature for different shots
"I couldn't find a tutorial for using standoffs as character stands, but like I said they should be available at a local store.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacers_and_standoffs Securing the character to a stand needs to be done at the…"
17 hours ago
Geoff Clark replied to Mark Blann's discussion securing your armature for different shots
"Hi Mark,   Securing can be done in a few ways. Tie-downs are useful for standing shots with walking/posing/ and the feet are visible.  But for waist-up medium shots, I use some character stands that I had to make from scratch. They are…"
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Ian Harding commented on Dawn Brown's video
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This is a Dog - Behind The Scenes

"Great to see the puppets on how they are made, :)"
20 hours ago
Ian Harding commented on AYUSH TOMAR's photo
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miniature props

"Wow these props are beautifully made!! the radio, suitcases and bed is my favourites :)"
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Ian Harding commented on Peter Ellis's video
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Making a Stop Motion Puppet Part 4

"Hi, peter, a very good blog, on your casting moulds, great to see another stop motion artist help kep this medium going, look forward to the actual animation :)"
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Peter Ellis commented on Peter Ellis's video
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Making a Stop Motion Puppet Part 4

"Hey John, Glad you're enjoying it. I've loved doing it actually. Can't wait to have it made so I can do some animations with it :)"
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Life of Gray script critique?

Started by Graham Ludders in STORY. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 13 hours ago. 10 Replies

Hey all. Before I start getting voice actors, would you take a look at my script? I need some honest but constructive critique. Thank you. Continue

securing your armature for different shots

Started by Mark Blann in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Geoff Clark 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

So, I haven't worked out my tie-downs yet, and only have an armature, but wanted to mess around with some animation. I sat the armature down on the edge of the table and thought I'd just do some upper body animation. Head moving, arms waving, whatever. It was then I realized the challenges of the entire puppet wanting to move when I went in to move an arm, or turn the head a bit. I'd do fine for a number of shots and then would accidentally move the body slightly. If I were doing this for a final shot, would I secure the body somehow in the seated position? Where can I find more in depth instructions on doing this and learning?Thanks in advance...MarkContinue

Lip Sync

Started by Graham Ludders in SOUND. Last reply by Geoff Clark on Thursday. 3 Replies

Hello all, I'm having trouble figuring out which approach to take to lip sync my clay armature. I'm considering making multiple mouths with hardened clay and swapping them out of my Plasticine clay head (just the jaw and mouth area). Is there an easier way? Should I just sculpt the mouth as I go along? Any help is appreciated. Continue

Adding limbs to ball-and-socket armatures

Started by Connor Bushoven in ARMATURES. Last reply by Geoff Clark on Thursday. 1 Reply

Hello! I'm in the beginning stages of working on a puppet of the Egyptian God Sobek (head of crocodile with human body) and was wondering if anyone had any good ideas on attaching a tail to a pre-existing ball-and-socket armature. I'm hoping to make the tail out of braided wire and build-up foam w/latex and am unsure of how I might go about connecting it to the armature. Any help is appreciated!

Hiring for Five Minute Educational Stop Motion Video

Started by Caitlin in JOBS & PROJECTS. Last reply by R. Eric Jenkins May 13. 3 Replies

We're looking to partner with an experienced stop motion animator for an educational video. We don't have a preference for medium (clay, paper, etc)- we just need it to look great. The script and visual descriptions are written, but we need someone to bring it to life. I'm assuming we'll need a revision process (our client will want to have input) but would appreciate your expertise in doing that as efficiently as possible with this kind of animation.If interested please send me a message with your contact info and link to samples or reel. Thanks!Continue

Flicker vanquished!

Started by Dave Cooley in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Rebecca De La Torre May 12. 2 Replies

Finally acquired a manual lens and did this quick piece of animation as a test. Previous attempts with the lens my Canon T1i DSLR came with had an annoying flicker, but it's gone now!Continue

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Making silicone hands

Started by Darius Stuart in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Darius Stuart May 11. 8 Replies

I've made this paw out of clay and baked it. Now I would like to make a mold from it to create a replica using silicone. I bought some Rebound 25 to make the mold but I'm wondering if that's the best product to use especially since the paw is small. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.Continue

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What goes under silicone?

Started by David Braga in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh May 11. 6 Replies

If you make a silicone cast of a body, what do you put under that to keep the weight down, and keep it flexible. For a stick thin character, I'd imagine silicone would be fine, but if a character is a bit fatter and you still want silicone skin, etc, do you pad the body out before finishing it off in silicone? With latex, you'd use foam, but I think I read that silicone soaks into the foam, so wouldn't be as good.  Any advice would be, as ever, much appreciated :-)Continue

 
 
 

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