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On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Aug 5. 31 Replies

Someone on Facebook brought up a good point about sharing knowlege. He said that if you share all your secrets at the beginning, you won't have any unique value to bring to the table when it comes to…Continue

PAX painting secret

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jun 21. 4 Replies

Hi folks,Taking a page from Rick Baker's policy not to have a "magician's code", I want to share a "magic trick".The brush is a silicone paddle from a frosting kit at Michael's. It was a pack of 3,…Continue

Tags: silicone, cake, frosting, skweegie, paint

Wax animation test

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Horabin Jun 5. 3 Replies

Hi folks, finally putting my money where my mouth is and giving the animation wax a test drive. Here's a short loop illustrating its elastic properties. The way it moves is more like flesh than…Continue

Tags: stop, motion, test, mouth, wax

Blocking windows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 18. 14 Replies

I'm pretty sure we have talked about this before, but I can't find the thread about preventing sunlight through a window from causing light fluctuations on set. After some experimentation, I found…Continue

 

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Don Carlson replied to Dinoman217's discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"I make Beige-Flesh colored clay as well.  Here's a pic from another thread:  http://api.ning.com/files/hXj4gw9-MpPPb76Z1BWRRAmb51LQoCdlFl05SzsBseIPF80DTmaCDGC9Zo7vCiyBb*wHJkpUOQtzJyorfOizmTelNLc9dSiS/faceflesh.pngThe clay weighs 35%…"
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Don Carlson replied to Ron Cole's discussion Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder
"Woo! Is there a special guest tonight?"
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"Nick asked what this looked like with no color, and I just ran out of colorant today, so I whipped up an untinted batch.  This is commonly referred to as "Ivory", but I prefer the term "Cream". It is slightly more…"
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"The music adds something... Drama, or... I don't know. Atmosphere? Really ties it altogether."
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Don Carlson replied to Robert's discussion I want to make animal puppets
"Reference books will help you with character design. Just be careful not to copy the animals too closely. You want to put your own spin on it.  A good way to make a wire armature is with UK style wiring strips. They come as 12x2 screw blocks…"
Aug 22
Don Carlson replied to Mikael Ohlson's discussion My super smooth stop-motion!
"No argument, there! "
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Don Carlson replied to Mikael Ohlson's discussion My super smooth stop-motion!
"That is awesome! You don't have motion blur, though, which is what CG really takes advantage of whenever possible. As a result, even though your animation is smooth, it's still very defined around the edges. That's not a bad thing,…"
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Don Carlson replied to Dinoman217's discussion Casting Eyes
"Never underestimate the power of The Google! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeofcEIA1o0"
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"I think in order for it to be brought to you by Stamp Motion Studio, I'd have to surgically remove your soul from your body and implant into mine. Then I'd have to change my name.  j/kSeriously though, thanks! Does the roll-style…"
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Don Carlson replied to Dinoman217's discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"The problem is that there is not just one Flesh tone. Since we don't make a layer of flesh for a character, the color of "Flesh" is going to be whatever corresponds with the nationality of the character.  This book will teach you…"
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At 9:19am on June 25, 2012, Claym8r said…
Don,
I used to animate with a clay that is manufactured by Caran d' Ache . It doesn't come in as many colors as the Van Aken brands, its waxy texture holds up much better under hot lights, and it cleans up a lot easier because the dyes in the clay don't run as badly as the other brands .
At 10:09am on June 25, 2012, Don Carlson said…

I have not found Caran D'Ache clay in stores, but did see their other art supplies.

I do know how to modify Van Aken to get the properties you're looking for. Spent a year studying clay formulas and got it down pretty good. I'll send you a private message.

At 2:10pm on January 6, 2014, Robin Haefeli said…

Thank you! Yes it is a combination of latex and sculpy for the eyes.

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Flesh-Colored Clay

Started by Dinoman217 in CLAY. Last reply by Don Carlson 13 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hey guys! I know from experience that you can mix existing colors of Plasticine to get clay to get new colors. Do you guys know how to make flesh-colored clay?Continue

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Slow Motion in Stop motion

Started by Santino Vitale in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Dawn Brown 19 hours ago. 26 Replies

I'd been experimenting with the possibilities of slow motion and how to achieve that slick, ultra slow look in stop motion. And after a while of testing, I decided to make a short film to showcase the effect. It is a spoof of all those fancy perfume…Continue

Tags: short, effects, film, CGI, fps

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 231 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

2014 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival - Announcing Special Guests!

Started by Chris Diaz in FILM FESTIVALS. Last reply by Chris Diaz yesterday. 4 Replies

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the official opening of its call for entries for the next edition of the Festival, which will take place on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014. Our submissions deadline has been pushed up this…Continue

i challenge you to a fight

Started by mikefallek in ANIMATOR TALK yesterday. 0 Replies

This is done using a technique I call wizard chess.Posting it here first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVLT9eUWn2Acheck…Continue

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