I was wondering if anyone has built or knows how to build a winder rig or knows of a cheap alternative. I'm talking about the kind seen at 5:14 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prCNOn6Vm2w to support the puppet and create the illusion of walking without walking.....if you see what I mean. It would be super useful for me in a couple of shots I have coming up in my film.
Thanks a lot!
Do a search for Lab Jack. They're good for that. But you probably need to carefully check each frame using the framegrabber to make sure it isn't jiggling side to side as it goes up and down - some of them have a tendency to do that.
Thanks for your suggestions guys. In the end I decided to try and produce my own version of the one shown in the video, as you can see quite a lot of detail (that's what I call good behind the scenes footage!). Here it is, it works really well and will be very useful. I am going to replace the ball and socket joint (from a helping-hand thing) with one bought from stopmotionshop.com, as it is currently quite wobbly!
Nice job! Are those Lego gears? That's a great idea - so cool that they make those, and so affordable!
They're not lego, but similar I imagine as they were the cheapest ones I could find on ebay.
That's cool! I cheated on my 3D printed design, and used a bunch of actual hardware for the parts I didn't trust with plastic. Have you gotten to animate anything with it yet?
Just found these. Not sure if anyone has made a better version but these look pretty awesome!