First of all this website is UH-MAZING. Fell in love with stop motion last year and have been totally obsessed. After exploring this site I'm a). Inspired b). Intimidated c). see- a. I'm looking forward to learning as much as possible. So, Hi y'all.
Hi everyone! I'm new here (obviously). I have made stop motion since I was about 10 years old and continued for about 10 years. I only recently started working on new projects again, hoping to use my (now) finely tuned art and film making skills. I was glad to discover this site and hope to utilize it well... and I hope I can contribute to the community!
Greetings from New Zealand.
I'm producing a video teaching series and am using animation for a few illustrations. I have Toon Boom Animate but for the short animation I need at that moment, I don't have time to get up to speed on the programme or draw my character.
The short piece I need is a person running across the top of a skyscraper, 'flapping' their arms up and down, and launching themselves off into space thinking they can fly...only the direction and duration of their flight is determined by factors outside their head!
I've bought secondhand some action-man figures and one is suitable for what I want. I've rigged him up with some threaded rod into his back and will take the frame photos in front of a green screen. All I need now is a running cycle sequence so as to be able to place the legs in the correct place for each frame/photo. The flapping arms will/should be easy enough.
Does anyone know of a series of pictures showing a running cycle...which I presume will occupy about 8 or 10 frames?
Thanks in advance.
Try Edward Muybridge on Google or Bing images. Or even just running cycle on either.
Thanks...I've tried googling and have not been able to find any running cycle. Muybridge seemed promising but couldn't find a human running cycle via him either...
Hi! I'm Rose and I'm in my final year of the animation program at Sheridan college. I spent my summer interning in the stop mo department at Cuppa Coffee (which was amazing) and right now I'm working on my thesis film which is a stop motion short about a kid who loves wrestling! I've been lurking on this site for a while and decided to finally break the silence and start posting :D
Thanks Dennis. Much appreciated. That's exactly what I was looking for. Excellent!
After a few false starts and 16 years, more or less, of procrastination, I am taking the leap into stop-motion once again. No turning back now.
Any relation to Andy Cahill? You might want to look him up onYouTube - he does some excellent experimental stopmotion videos. Thanks for sharing the video!
** Edit -
Ok, I see there are many Andy Cahills on yt - guess it's a pretty common name! Here's the one I mean: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCaoN4IHyrUYjHi9Z4h4qQw
Thank you for the link. No relation - but I do enjoy seeing my last name in the credits of movies and tv shows... even if it's not me.
I'm Mike... I've been lurking here for quite a while, but I decided it might be time to jump into the fray and participate a bit. I should warn you though: I'm a writer* and a frequent journaler, so I tend to, well... write a lot. *(Not an editor! Please forgive my grammar and neurotic over and under use of commas.) Despite this, I hope it will at least be moderately interesting, even if it is a bit self-indulgent.
Um... Well, I've always loved stop-motion and puppetry and animation and basically anything artsy-craftsy. I dabbled in all of the above pretty passionately when I was very young, then I grew up and had to decide what to do with myself, so I flip-flopped between many different things for many years in college, and ended up just being confused and disgruntled about the whole experience for several years after.
Then about a year and a bit ago, I decided I hated the path I'd chosen. My "career", or lack of one, was making me miserable and stressing me out. I wanted to get back to basics, rediscover what I'm really about, what I really enjoy, what I'm passionate about. So I quit everything, and took some time to re-discover myself and figure out what I should be doing. I started drawing more, writing more, reading more, making little comics (something else I used to do a lot once upon a time). It felt healthy to do these things. It sort of felt like I'd just eaten a piece of bread after starving for years, like these weren't things I could do without.
I eventually stumbled onto some old VHS tapes of a couple of the more crude "animations" I'd done as a kid. I put that in quotes because there really wasn't any animation to it, but I know that's what I wanted it to be back then. On the back of this nostalgic memory, to keep myself occupied, and to push my quest a little further, I started meddling around with wire and latex and foam and paint for a while. Whatever path I was headed toward, I figured making a little stop-motion puppet made sense to me. So I started making some puppet armatures and other things of that sort. I also thought it would be interesting to write a short script and make a short film with them.
That sort of self-discovery process continued for a whole summer. Then Fall came. A buddy of mine asked me to help make some props for a TV pilot, so I did. First time I'd ever been in a TV studio and it was a blast. I told him to let me know if he ever needed any help again, and, because I was pretty okay at it, he kept getting me work. One thing lead to another, and now I'm working pretty often as a sort of swiss army knife in film and tv production. I'm usually just a helping hand. I build sets, make props, rig up effects, or just hold a camera or a mic sometimes. On particularly boring shoots I get to fill out forms and return rental equipment, but occasionally an actor gets sick and I get to stand in as a zombie! yeah! I'm also starting to get my name out as a storyboard artist, too. I'm hoping to eventually get more work like that someday.
Still, in my free time I've been regularly exploring more and more about what I can do with stop-motion, and how I can apply what I've learned on sets and doing effects to a smaller scale setting. The second gig I worked, my buddy paid me with a little camcorder because he knew I was serious about learning stop-motion. I also kept complaining that, "Yeah, the puppets are coming along great, man. I just... man, I really need to get a camera. If I could just get a camera, then I could actually see how they work, and learn to get a feel for how to animate with them, you know?" I wasn't trying to bait him at all, I was just very passionate and sincere about it.
With my newly aquired camcorder, I did a couple test shoots with a steel ball-bearing armature I'd made. I was very excited about that, too. I never knew I would enjoy working with metal so much. I love it. I'm not very good at it, but I love it. Can't weld or solder to save my life, but anyway... Stop-motion quickly became my big topic to talk about. "What do you do?", people would ask, and I would say, "Well, all kinds of artsy things, really. But lately my big thing has been learning stop-motion." "Well, you don't say.", they would say... sort of. But it was always a big deal to most people. I had a guy at the hardware store start dancing because he learned that I was buying stuff from his store to make something *like* the California Raisins. haha. It was a great feeling to know that something you enjoy also brings other people joy just thinking about it. I never felt that way with what I was doing prior to this, and I don't ever want to lose that feeling ever again.
So, my interest in Stop-Motion is to learn everything there is to know and then some. This is the first thing I've picked up and haven't quit after a month or two. It will be a full year at the end of March, and I wake up every day excited about building a stage, or fabricating a steel joint, or modeling a sculpt to cast in resin, or painting hundreds of freaking pages of paper to cut out for leaves on the 48 trees I still need to paper-mache and finish branches for. I love it all, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I have a file cabinet of scripts collecting dust, and I finally discovered a medium that makes me want to do something with them, and write more, too.
Well... that's all I got.
~ Cheers! :D