I have used a standard 29in desk height for both working on the computer and animating (two separate desks). However, I'm unsure if that's really the recommended height for a stop-motion desk. I have read in places that higher desks are better, but I don't really stand during animation (because my floor is kinda shaky, I tend to sit in one spot continually, which, unfortunately makes it difficult to animate, but that's a story for another day). But in other places, I have read that stop-motion is better on a lower desk.

So the question I have is, what's the ideal stop-motion desk height? What do you use? Is there no standard, and it's just personal preference?

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I noticed in the recent Phil Tippett videos featuring the HoloChess set from SW Ep. 7, that the table they animated on was at standing elbow height.

I definitely prefer standing over sitting simply because I like to move around when I work. I usually need to reach in at different places on the set, especially if there is more than 1 puppet to animate, and get out of the way when shooting the frame, etc. Set height is determined by figuring out the most comfortable reach without straining the back. I like to be able to get down to the puppets level so for me, a table about 44 inches tall is just about perfect. I am 6' 2" if that helps. Animating while seated is an option. Just figure out the set height based on your comfort level. I'll try to sketch something out if I can convey it in a drawing. Basically, you don't want to be hunched over a table all day. You won't last very long and will need a good chiropractor!
I animate standing up as well, and I have my tables at 1 metre (39") high. That might be a little lower than ideal, but it lets me reach further into the set. If I am doing just one puppet against greenscreen, I find it more comfortable to raise it up on a platform a further 200mm. I'm only 5' 7" tall.

I'm 195cm tall, and I like the table to be between 100 and 120cm tall, depending on what I'm doing. 110cm is approx standing elbow height for me. 

But in future I'd like to try something a bit higher. For CU shots etc, the aforementioned height hurts my back after a while. Haven't looked into adjustable height tables yet though. Will probably look at that once I've built the new studio.

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