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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 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."
yesterday
Don Carlson replied to Chris Walsh's discussion New Short Comedy Clip: PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIE
"Did he die? j/k"
yesterday
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
Don Carlson replied to StopmoNick's discussion Change to look of site?
"Maybe this change could be a blessing in disguise. It might be able to teach us not to live in so much darkness. Go out into the light, my friends! No, not the shop light. NO, STOP PEERING INTO THE LED's. Oh, this is hopeless. "
Jun 30
Don Carlson replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
"Wallace's torso could be made up of two rigid parts with a wire or joint in the middle Given that the folks at Aardman have crossbred their skills with the folks orginally from Vinton's and Stowmar, a lot of the techniques that were…"
Jun 28
Don Carlson replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
" Well... You are up against a trivia champion. :P I regularly win bets at work about movie and music facts. But you probably have more of a social life, so it balances out. ;-) "
Jun 28
Don Carlson replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
"In A Grand Day Out, everything on the puppets was clay. In The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, the puppets were still clay, but the bodies (mainly the vest or anything that didn't have to be animated) were baked polymer clay. I don't…"
Jun 27
Don Carlson replied to StopmoNick's discussion Change to look of site?
"Saw this too. Thought I was going crazy. Glad I'm not going crazy. Glad you're both going crazy with me. :P"
Jun 27
Don Carlson commented on Roos Mattaar's video
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"Any time you can shoot a large puppet against a green screen without either giving away the scale of the puppet or showing off the ceiling, I'll be impressed. :D "
Jun 22
Don Carlson replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion my film 'Moonbird'
"This is super cool. Congratuations on all the attention! Left a more in depth comment on the video itself."
Jun 22
Don Carlson commented on Anthony Scott's blog post the GLog - Gumby.com production blog
"COOL! Is the 'Putty working well for you? I'd love to what you like and don't like about it."
Jun 9
Don Carlson commented on Leonardo Ponzano's video
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TheVoiceOver

"Blew me away! Lots of life in that character... The slow pacing of the movement calls to mind the works of Philip Beglan and Leevi Lehtinen. Also felt a twinge of Bolex Brothers in there."
May 28
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"Just a general announcement, If you have the 3-packs of Puppet Putty, you can melt it in a double boiler or with a heat gun in a metal container and create a softer version. To do that:1. Weigh the clay.2. Add 4% by weight in mineral oil.3. Add 4%…"
May 25

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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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Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs

Started by John Martin in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by John Martin 41 minutes ago. 2 Replies

I am a filmmaking veteran of 43 years. I began in 8MM and moved on with the times, now shooting in digital. I am not a professional. My very first film was a stop motion project called MONSTER ISLAND. To make a long story short, after 43 years, I am…Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Molly McCandless 18 hours ago. 456 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

Camera/Set mover

Started by Dave Hettmer in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Chris Johnson yesterday. 1 Reply

Here's a gizmo I recently built for someone who teaches stopmo at a university in PA.  It's a heavy-duty camera mover.  All those who saw it on the Facebook dot com dot net dot dot can ignore this post. :-)…Continue

Pixelation help!

Started by Stuart Bury in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm directing (and animating) a TV commercial that will utilize pixilation. Similar to this down shooting style.The biggest (and hardest) difference is that the client really…Continue

Tags: help, riging, shooting, down, stop-motion

New Short Comedy Clip: PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIE

Started by Chris Walsh in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi All, I just cooked this up last night. Just a fun little thing. Hope it gives you a smile!PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzEXysCYsJ8Continue

Steel Cut Oats

Started by Harry Chaskin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick Jul 19. 8 Replies

Hello All! Wanted to let you know about a new short film I am making entitled Steel Cut Oats. I don't usually ask for help when it comes to my personal projects, but I finally bit the bullet and I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise…Continue

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