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Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jun 14. 6 Replies

So for the film I'm making right now, I've got two main characters that are goats. As such, I was wanting to give them both ears that can be moved and animated. I've also got an Ox/Cow character that…Continue

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StopmoNick replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"If less than half the sphere of the eyeball protrudes into the mould, it should come out.  If more than half, it could be really difficult.  But the mould is in silicone, so it can flex I think?  Often I have to slip an ice cream…"
Jun 14
Ben Young replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Those were two awesome videos there, Nick! On a similar subject, in that first video, did I see you using epoxy putty to make the "claws" on that monster? If so, wow! That's a great idea, solves the problem I was having of giving the…"
Jun 14
Ben Young replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"Hey y'all, it's been a while, wonder if anyone's still eyeing this thread! After a bit of time working on other aspects of the film, I'm finally getting down to the casting after making the molds last week. I went ahead and did…"
Jun 13
StopmoNick replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"You have great looking character designs, so I hope you will be able to post here when you have made the finished puppets - and better still, done a little animation with them!"
May 19
Ben Young replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"Holy crap, thanks Nick! So much great info you've posted here, thank you! What I'm thinking of doing, based on what you said, for the puppets with the replacement heads is to cast the base head in a hard plastic silicone, what I have now…"
May 17
StopmoNick replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"In case the wires break - Before you cast the puppet, you can drill in a couple of spare holes close to the original wire holes.  Then if it does happen, you could snip off the broken wires and stick in new ones.  I haven't ever had…"
May 14
StopmoNick replied to Ben Young's discussion Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears
"You're right, animals express a lot with their ears, so it is worth making them animatable.   I usually have a piece of armature wire running along the edges of animal ears.  Sometimes I divide the mould among the ear line, and the…"
May 14
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Armature and Casting advice for movable animal ears

So for the film I'm making right now, I've got two main characters that are goats. As such, I was wanting to give them both ears that can be moved and animated. I've also got an Ox/Cow character that I was wanting to have movable ears and mouth as well. I've included reference pictures below (the goats are going to have 3D printed replacement mouths that attach with a magnet, while the Ox I wanted to have a rigged mouth).So my question is, does anyone have any advice for the best way to both…See More
May 14
Ben Young replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Hey everybody! My name's Ben Young, and I guess I'm a stop motion animator from Ohio! I've been lurking on here for a good few months now, but I thought I'd finally go ahead and introduce myself. I've been practicing stop…"
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