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Don Carlson's Discussions

Vote for Animated Tune's "Mike's Hard" can design

Started Jul 6 0 Replies

Hi folks, my good friend Animated Tunes has entered a contest and could really use your help. She's a 2D animator, but has worked in stop motion, most notably on "Dr. Zond Controls The Weather".I've…Continue

HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 12. 20 Replies

Hi folks,This is not technically animation-related, but it does have to do with the illusion of motion when watching animation and live-action and the way our minds perceive that motion to be either…Continue

Tags: pictures, cinema, motion, HFR, frame

Stoopid Buddy Vimeo camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jan 4. 2 Replies

Just in case anyone missed this on Facebook and the SMA chat:https://vimeo.com/ondemand/animationclassExpert-level, techniques…Continue

Tags: Stoopid, Buddy, Stoodios, Chicken, Robot

Lighting question for all you's guys

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Nov 21, 2014. 2 Replies

Hiya, folks.I'm curious what kind of lighting you use- halogen,  tungsten, LED, or compact fluorescent (spiral) bulbs. The main purpose of asking is that I am not sure how hard to design my clay for…Continue

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Don Carlson replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"If you just need to create the look of several layers of streets overlapping each other, you can get away with sheets of cardboard stacked at odd angles. If you want to have a cobblestone look, you could use Blackwrap, a thick black aluminum…"
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Don Carlson commented on Marnik's video
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The Third Edition

"Nice work! Looks like a fun character."
yesterday
Don Carlson replied to justin rasch's discussion New Stopmotion Animators looking for Teacher?
"If I could afford it, y'know...I'd take your class. "
yesterday
Don Carlson commented on StopmoNick's photo
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Another writer puppet

"Nice character, Nick! Your silicone puppets are a littlemore "smooth" than the liquid latex, but your personal style shows through everything you do. It's great to see you working on another film."
Aug 8
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo
Aug 6
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo
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EdwardsRig

"I make lightweight modeling clay, and that would solve a lot of problems with top-heavy characters. We have it in the Stop Motion Store. Maybe it will work for you."
Aug 5
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo
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TripdsRig

"That armature is quite advanced! Where did you get the joints? Never seen anything like this."
Aug 5
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's video
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Endeavour

"That's effective! And I like how when the camera moves, the room moves along with it. Do you have a blog where you've posted about how you made the puppets? This is all very interesting stuff."
Aug 4
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's video
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Endeavour

"Nice tutorial!  Now, see, this is where someone with compositing experience could be helpful in stop motion. Because of the low frame rate, I couldn't even tell that was a video of real water. It just looks really cool. What about the room…"
Aug 3
Don Carlson replied to Harry Chaskin's discussion Steel Cut Oats
"Ron provided his son's voice and image editing for my last short film before school. He's a great guy. Looks like a cool project, Harry. I like the Oogie-like glowing eyes."
Aug 2
Don Carlson replied to Stuart Bury's discussion Pixelation help!
"Have them move as slowly as they can, and then take frames faster when they move too quickly. This will balance out the speed of motion-to-speed-of-capture ratio."
Jul 27
Don Carlson replied to Chris Walsh's discussion New Short Comedy Clip: PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIE
"Did he die? j/k"
Jul 27
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video
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Zombie Pirate Tales

"Another thing you could do, which you already are familiar with, is forced perspective. The set designer for Slacker Cats really had this down to an artform. Just skew all your 90 degree angles back to a vanishing point. Suddenly a very shallow set…"
Jul 14
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video
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Zombie Pirate Tales

"Hmmm, that actually makes it closer to 1/3 smaller puppets, not 1/2 (after doing the actual math and basing it on 1:6 original scale)."
Jul 13
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video
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Zombie Pirate Tales

"As strange as it sounds, maybe the thing to do is reduce your scale! You could go down by about 50 percent without sacrificing anything, as the characters are fairly simple. Just use smaller sculpting tools...I would say, make the…"
Jul 13
Don Carlson posted a discussion

Vote for Animated Tune's "Mike's Hard Lemonade" design

Hi folks, my good friend Animated Tunes has entered a contest and could really use your help. She's a 2D animator, but has worked in stop motion, most notably on "Dr. Zond Controls The Weather".I've known this gal for a few years and during that time she has entered many competitions. It is crushing to always watch her lose because many of these are just popularity contests, not measures of talent. I think she deserves to win because her designs are always more imaginative than the winning…See More
Jul 6

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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.

At 1:21pm on February 12, 2015, Lemz Media said…

Hey Don, long time no chat. How's the business going?

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Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?

Started by Ron Cole in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by ClaymationTrip 1 hour ago. 36 Replies

I recently purchased a Canon Rebel T5 (not T5i) and I need to buy a Nikon lens and lens adapter for it. I thought that would be easy but I've been frustrated for days trying to figure out what to buy. All I want is a basic standard lens. (I was…Continue

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Uneven streets

Started by Anne Koreman in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by Strider 2 hours ago. 19 Replies

Hi there, I have this very specific problem with my medieval set, and was wondering if you guys had any ideas;I'm building quite a massive 1:9 scale medieval street, with cobblestones. I found a great way to create the stones using gluegun, but, I…Continue

A few basic questions about casting in platinum silicone

Started by Dylan Lee in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Dylan Lee 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hello all,I'm just getting started with casting molds after experimenting with rubber latex for a little while. I still have a couple of things to pick up at the art supply store, but I plan in the coming days to experiment with casting a…Continue

Tags: rebound, paint, cast, silicone

Questions about a camera setup, and getting started in stop motion

Started by Porter in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Porter 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello,I just started researching stop motion animation about a week ago. I purchased a book called "The art of stop motion animation". I'm just barely researching and barely know anything about this medium yet. I want to begin practicing the medium.…Continue

Stop Motion's charm and its impact on CGI - Dissertation Idea, Would like opinions and advice from Stop-Motion fans!

Started by Cam Mitchell in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Cam Mitchell 9 hours ago. 14 Replies

Hello everyone!I'm an animation student fom DJCAD art school in Scotland, I'm studying animation and am about to enter my 4th year... which means dissertation time!Being a big fan of stop-motion, I wanted to use it as the central theme of my…Continue

Tags: Motion, Stop

New Stopmotion Animators looking for Teacher?

Started by justin rasch in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 5 Replies

Hey Guys!  Its been a while but I have been hard at work on KUBO and the 2 Strings at LAIKA.I just am dropping in to let you guys know that I have been taking private stopmotion animation students on recently and it has been working great!!I have…Continue

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