I'm hannah. I'm new here and am looking to pitch my final thesis project as a short stop motion film. I'm so happy to have found this site.
I emailed some puppet fabricators yesterday that do custom work. I asked if 300$ for a puppet with ball and socket armature is doable. she hasnt replied and im kind of worried!
Was i way out of line? I cannot find average doll prices anywhere i look!
Hi. Is there a reason why you don't want to use a wire armature? It is perfectly adequate for a bunch of applications and way cheaper. Here is Nick's tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsBH9na2xNo
Depending on what kind of character you are looking to make, I can probably help you out with something in your budget~
Maybe if you post your designs, we could give some suggestions of how to go forward.
Hi Hannah, I know the puppet maker you inquired with- she made the puppets for my recent film. Don't be offended if she doesn't get back to you- she might be swamped with other projects at the moment, and I know that she gets a lot of requests.
You probably won't find a custom ball-socket puppet build for less than 2 grand. This is the reason most independent stop-motion makers build their own puppets. But I took a similar path as you (film school) and I always work with puppet and set builders when I can. It's fun to learn all the skills involved with stop-motion, but trying to do all the jobs is draining, so working with a team allows you to finish projects faster and with more focus - whenever budgets allow, of course.