Hi All,

Anybody got any info about how Paranormans Eyes work and what theyre made of?

Ive watched all the featurettes I can watch and while it shows the eyes in plenty of them Im still not sure of the full workings of them. It looks like the eyelids stay in there and are hinged maybe but I cant make out how the eyeballs stay in there? it also says that the eyeballs are moved around with an exacto knife, I would have thought this would scratch the paint on the eyeballs?

If anyone knows anything about them Id love to know too!!!

Thanks,

Paul

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Demian said:

I was doing some research in the web and i found this post, i know exactly how the eyes of paranorman work.  I had the original puppet to work with.  and i do have the 3D file for printing those mechanism.  So let me know how can i help you guys. THANKS!

I was looking at eyes on youtube and found these, which might answer Strider's 'did I dream it' question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE__rSlUOu0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBlfyykGQFM

The second vid shows Fimo Deco gel being added to give it the corneal gloss, but clear epoxy resin would be better for animati

Those Paranorman eye mechanisms are just awesome.

Wow, excellent finds Simon!! The first one is the same process I saw, but it's definitely not the same video. The second one is a really bizarre way to go about it, but hey, if it works!! Of course it's for really big eyes though - I doubt you could get them small enough for a standard sized puppet. It actually took quite a while before I understood what the heck was going on, and then all of a sudden it was a forehead slapper. D'oh!! So THAT'S it!! Of course!! 

Demian, could you post more pics of the 3D prototype for the eye mechanism? Different angles, solid shading, separate pieces... anything like that? :)

Or... ahem... share the 3D file for reference and education purposes? :D

This is great stuff!!! Does anyone have more info on this, inbox me if you do, thanks!

Strider-

"I don't remember anymore where I heard this one, but somebody once chopped up a bunch of steel wool and packed it inside the eyes when casting them from resin for metal content"

That came from an interview with Stephen Chiodo, from the book "The Advanced Art of Stop Motion Animation". The steel wool technique was used in I Go Pogo.

I'd also LOVE a copy of the 3d file if anyone has access too it. Super valuable educational resource for me!

Valuable educational resource for everyone ;)

Hi everyone! After much research, I couldnt find anymore information on the mechanism, so I used everything found here to create one myself! I'm sure it's not much like the Laika model at the end of the day, but it was very much inspired by it!

Let me know what you guys think! 

Hey Guys, im glad that i had so much work that i was unable to upload this file until now, but here you are.  the whole mechanism of those eyes. Hope you all enjoy, i you have a question just let me know. 

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Hi Fernando,

                   That looks great mate nice work, I did one myself a while back - take a look at my page if you want? I 3D printed a copy off when I finished it and it worked really well. Have you tried printing yours yet? 



Fernando Nisio said:

Hi everyone! After much research, I couldnt find anymore information on the mechanism, so I used everything found here to create one myself! I'm sure it's not much like the Laika model at the end of the day, but it was very much inspired by it!

Let me know what you guys think! 

Thanks for the file!!!!!!! Will check it out.

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