"I bought an armature from the knockoff Chinese Amazon. It's called the Cinespark armature. I typically just use it for practice, and I have had no issues. The worst parts are that it took a month to ship and the balls and rods are two different…"
"Mine are usually good for a main character in a 5 minute film, sometimes a second 5 minute film. Generally the foam latex would start to age before the wire armatures gave out. I suppose with silicone the wire would go first, but I have…"
"I use a Canon 40d and a Canon 7d, but models change all the time and neither of those is made any more. You can go with the entry-level DSLRs rather than the mid-range models. I use manual Nikon or Olympus lenses, with adapters. I…"
"There are quite a lot of threads on this site covering this question. Basically: Canon cameras seem to overheat less than Nikon and have a slightly better Live View for connection with your computer.
Get old manual lenses to use for stop motion.…"
"For a very low-budget, but still fairly effective look you could use foam pizza bases, which can be indented with a stick or modelling tool.
Styrofoam also works well for rock effects, and I have used it for stonework. You can cut into it and use…"
"Chavant clay is brilliant. I use hard and soft, also Beau Touche, which is equivalent to soft. It is very economical as you can use it again and again. You need a hairdryer or some source of heat to soften the hard. Takes a bit of getting used to,…"
"I have made several stone walls for my set, including a dry stone wall.
If you want to make a mortared stone wall, build the set from MDF oir plywood, then apply papier mache pulp to the surface. Then you can sculpt the stone shapes into the pulp,…"
Gumby Imagined, The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations
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