So, I haven't worked out my tie-downs yet, and only have an armature, but wanted to mess around with some animation. I sat the armature down on the edge of the table and thought I'd just do some upper body animation. Head moving, arms waving, whatever. It was then I realized the challenges of the entire puppet wanting to move when I went in to move an arm, or turn the head a bit. I'd do fine for a number of shots and then would accidentally move the body slightly. If I were doing this for a final shot, would I secure the body somehow in the seated position? Where can I find more in depth instructions on doing this and learning?

Thanks in advance...

Mark

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Hi Mark,

  Securing can be done in a few ways. Tie-downs are useful for standing shots with walking/posing/ and the feet are visible.  But for waist-up medium shots, I use some character stands that I had to make from scratch. They are made from sheets of hard plastic, and the uprights are made from stand-offs, which are available at any hardware store. These stand-offs can be put together in a line, or used one by one. They screw together. They are worth checking out. From the upright, you need to get the 90 degree arm by attaching it somehow. I learned how to do a tap/threading of holes to accomplish that.  These are what I use to secure the characters so their lower bodies aren't drooping as I move them above the waist.


I couldn't find a tutorial for using standoffs as character stands, but like I said they should be available at a local store. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacers_and_standoffs

Securing the character to a stand needs to be done at the attachment point of the armature. That hole or whatever needs to be taken into consideration. 

Good Luck!

Thanks for the response! Great ideas. The more I mess around with the armature, the more I face certain challenges...all part of it I'm sure. I'd give anything to just watch a pro at work for day. Even the "Behind the scenes" videos on Youtube don't show but a few seconds here and there. 

Thanks again for the great tips.

Mark

Geoff Clark said:

I couldn't find a tutorial for using standoffs as character stands, but like I said they should be available at a local store. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacers_and_standoffs

Securing the character to a stand needs to be done at the attachment point of the armature. That hole or whatever needs to be taken into consideration. 

Good Luck!

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