Hey Guys!

  Its been a while but I have been hard at work on KUBO and the 2 Strings at LAIKA.

I just am dropping in to let you guys know that I have been taking private stopmotion animation students on recently and it has been working great!!

I have been working through {Skype - Dropbox and email with Much success.}

I am thinking of opening it up to some more people if any are interested in learning from a LAIKA feature animator?

....I am doing a 12 week course on the Fundamentals of animation or a Custom 12 week course on what you would like to work on.

If any of you are interested ......please contact me at  -      justin_rasch@hotmail.com

    justin

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Thanks for the advice Strider. I will start a new thread for any further questions. A review of Nick's excellent videos is my next priority.

Kit

James,

Unfortunately I don't have the spare cash to do Justin's course anytime soon but I do plan to use the armature I bought for some practice animation. As I've said before, this is the only armature I have any experience with so I cannot make any comparisons. I don't have any complaints about it. I did buy the one which has extra pieces for making a variety of skeletons, but I found it impossible to get all the joints tight enough without using the Locktite. This means you cannot easily take one armature to pieces to make a different one to experiment with. There are different types of Locktite available, so you may be able to find one better suited to this if you want to try.

There are quite a few animation tests about which are just the bare armature and I'm always amazed at how expressive these can be, but clothes, head, hands and feet will be needed soon enough.

Stopmo Nick has some excellent tutorials available on making latex hands and you could make a simple head from, say, balsa wood to get started while you try out other techniques to find out what suits your own style.

Best of luck

Kit

James,

I think there are plenty of us arty people about who "never find it easy to socially interact with people in the real world". Is that why we express ourselves in different ways? Or is it just that the rest of the proletariat simply aren't up to our superior intellectual standing?

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