Hey guys,

Just started a video series on youtube on the making of a stop motion short. What do you guys think?

Part 1 (whats happened so far): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro3gAWNR-M4

Part 2 (overview of my armature): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T7padmyKMk

I know they are pretty long but I really wanted to cover as much as I could

Any feedback is  appreciated, thanks

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I always get complaints about how fast my tutorials are, so I know there are a lot of people who will appreciate you taking the time to explain things better.  As for working it out yourself as you go, that's pretty much the nature of stop motion.  Even if you've done it a few times, there will always be new problems to work out.  

One thing I notice is that the hip joints are pretty far apart, making the width of the hip about as wide as the outline of the puppet.  That puts the bones right on the outer surface.  I ran into that with a gorilla armature, it looked right when I was making it but not so good when I sculpted over it.  I still had to add some clay over it, so the metal wouldn't scrape against the mould. It would have been better if I had placed the thigh bones so they would be in the centre of each leg, not on the outside and forcing me to sculpt wider hips than I had intended.  Like yours, there was no easy way to change it without remaking the entire hip block.

Your tiedowns are made from Phillips head screws, which have a deeper hole down the middle than the old slotted screws I used.  So I could grind mine thinner to make narrower T shapes and still have enough meat left to hold it together.  I found that you can't seem to find the slotted screws any more, they are either Phillips or a combination.  That makes my old Tiedowns tutorial a bit out of date.  I was wondering what I would do when I run out of the last of my old screws, but I see you just made the T a bit thicker and the slot in the foot wider, and that seems to work.   So it's good to see a variation that works with what you can find today. 

Here is a different way to use chain plates, suitable when the bones need to be longer.  There is a ball in only one end of each pair of plates, the aluminium bone goes in between them at the other end.  It extends to the middle, with a half hole or V cut in the end, so the tension screw in the middle stops it pivoting in the plates and you have only one joint.

The hip pieces were joints from an old desk lamp, I didn't have to make those.

I look forward to seeing what you do with the next stages of making your puppet!

Who are you kidding... EVERYONE loves your tutorials. With the tie downs, I haven't had a problem with the Phillips head yet however I have had problems with the countersink trying to push the bolt back out, I ended up having to file away the countersink. As for that puppet, the walk test you did with it was brilliant. Could you tell me how tall it is and are the joints strong enough to support the puppet without a rig (just out of curiosity)?

Surely they still import slotted screws into Australia??!!

There are suppliers online of stainless screws with slotted heads, such as http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M3-M4-M5mm-A2-Stainless-Steel-Machine-Scr...

which means your tutorial isn't out of date!

Good videos, but do edit them to remove the out-of-focus stuff. Drop in some clean shots to show what you are talking about. And try to cut out unnecessary footage, such as you moving around to reach for the hand sculpt. Get as much detail as you can into a short film - under 10 minutes if possible. Then people are more likely to watch it. I prefer 3 x 5 minute films to 1 that's 15 minutes long...

But great to see what you are doing!

Thanks for the feedback, Ill definitely try to cut down on all the unnecessary footage in my next few videos. I really just wanted to get these out there quickly to see what people thought so I didn't even consider editing them (oops).

The bird legs were able to support a flightless bird puppet (dromornis stirtoni) during a walk, with no support rig. The bird was about 16" tall total, with the legs just over half of that, but were a bit longer then. I shortened the bones slightly to make chicken legs for Baba Yaga's hut, but that project never happened. It is the chicken version you see here, and in the walk tests.
There is probably somewhere I could buy slotted screws, but in Bunnings they seem to be combination slot and philips head screws now. I have enough tiedowns I probably won't ever need to make more, anyway.

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