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Don Carlson's Discussions

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

Tags: clay

On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Aug 5, 2014. 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, 2014. 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

 

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Don Carlson replied to MartindeMadrid's discussion Any New News About the Old Message Board?
"Heh, 2004 is the year I joined. Wouldn't be surprised to see my goofy posts showing up in the Wayback snaps. As far as the slapping goes- I think it's a Monty Python thing. But Paul would appreciate it more if you used a trout. Or maybe a…"
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Don Carlson replied to StampMotionStudio's discussion Needing lights for stop motion
"This thread inspired me to tweak my clay formula to work well with CFL and LED lights. :) It will soon be available in the store. Thanks, Stamp, for making me work harder. :D"
Jan 25
Don Carlson replied to StampMotionStudio's discussion Needing lights for stop motion
"You actually  have a distinct advantage over us, Buckner! You're coming up at a time when there are more options in lighting than there were a few years ago."
Jan 21
Don Carlson replied to StampMotionStudio's discussion Needing lights for stop motion
"While, you don't want to put the lights right next to a paper building, or a puppet, please do not dismiss warm lighting completely out of hand! Some projects depend on it. Tungsten Halogen lightning, as in Fresnels, can not easily be…"
Jan 20
Don Carlson replied to StampMotionStudio's discussion Needing lights for stop motion
"I'm curious why you would want cold lights. Compact fluorescent bulbs would do it, though. In an aluminum artist's light (clamp style)."
Jan 20
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Aw yeaaa -crank up the volume!!!  "
Jan 17
Don Carlson commented on Josh Lopata's video
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Buffalo Chicken Wigs - Opening Credits

"That is the weirdest concept I've seen in stop motion lately. What I'm trying to say is, "COOL!" :)"
Jan 17
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Ahhh, figured out the volume problem. It was in the pot too long."
Jan 17
Don Carlson replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"With your punch, which is pretty much a three-quarter view, it might help to have the punching character move farther into the second guy, and the guy getting hit to lose his hat off the back of his head after his head snaps back and then forward a…"
Jan 16
Don Carlson replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"It helps, with punches, just to think of the character punching "through" the other character. What happens in a punch? Weight shifts to the front foot, opposite arm pulling back. That's the anticipation for the punch. The…"
Jan 15
Don Carlson replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"Make the movements gradual with good ease ins and ease outs (don't ignore other physics, like anticipation and recoil) and start the spacing off small, then larger, largest (middle position), smaller, smaller yet, and smallest, with the ease…"
Jan 15
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"What I don't have under control, is VOLUME! The filler I've been using is very unpredictable in that regard. If it's not added at just the right time to the mix, it breaks down and I lose up to 1/3 pack of clay per batch. This is not…"
Jan 11
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"No need to experiment with flour though - you've already got bendy and stretchy well under control obviously! "
Jan 11
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Haha yeah, plus it'll just make everybody want to eat it rather than animate it! I'm not trying to cause a detour (or am I - muahaaaahaaaaaaa... ) but actually from the article it looks like it's a lot more about the gluten, which is…"
Jan 11
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Yeah... Corn syrup. I've thought about trying to make clay out of corn syrup, but ants love that stuff. But maybe a sugarless syrup could be used as an ingredient. It wouldn't cost less than what I'm making now, though... Any…"
Jan 11
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Irrelevant but fascinating article about licorice.."
Jan 11

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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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Puppet Putty

Puppet Putty is formulated by clay animator Don Carlson. Properties include colors that do not bleed on your hands, a matte finish, cleans up with water, is very light weight, firm, non-greasy and has a silky texture.

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Wire removal in Photoshop CS6

Started by Annie Wong in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi! Sorry if this has been covered already, but I was wondering what the fastest workflow for wire removal in photoshop would be? What I've done so far is imported all of my 80 frames (including the clean plate background) as a psd file, each frame…Continue

Tags: removal, wire

Needing lights for stop motion

Started by StampMotionStudio in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by StampMotionStudio 13 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some lights I can use for stop motion..Any ideas of what would work good? I'm hoping to get some lights that are cold and don't heat up really hot. Also all I would need is 2 or maybe 3.Even 1 would do for now, using a…Continue

Tags: equipment, animation, studio, lights

The Ukulele Man - George Formby Tribute Project

Started by Angus Lamont in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Angus Lamont 17 hours ago. 13 Replies

Hi I am planning a short film tribute to the famous British Comedian/Ukulele Player, George Formby. Some of you may have heard me talking of this. The thing is I have a Canon DSLR but no software. The reason why is that I have virtually no money so…Continue

The legalities of an animated series

Started by Colleen McWatters in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by jowanneke 23 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi All, This may not be the right forum to ask this question, but here we go. I am currently working on a stop motion animation web series. After 5 years of hard work, we are finally in production of season 1 which consists of 8 episodes that are 20…Continue

Choosing a New Laptop For Animation

Started by Yorwick in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I am considering a new laptop, but I want to make sure I make the right choice before investing. It is very important to me that it is still compatible with the animation and editing software that I am used to.My current computer is a MacBook Pro…Continue

Feedback

Started by Hairyhands in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi guysWas looking for feedback on my new video (the book is the main part of the stop start) and some other parts but what I was really looking for was feedback with the story telling. Iv been doing it for so long now that it makes sense to me but…Continue

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