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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

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

 

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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. "
19 hours ago
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…"
Sunday
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. ;-) "
Sunday
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…"
Saturday
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"
Saturday
Don Carlson commented on Roos Mattaar's video
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Moonbird

"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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"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
Don Carlson replied to Jason Whetzell's discussion Mystery Clay (Pro-Clay vs. Monster Clay)
"Computer duster works very well for soft clay. You hold it upside down and spray the work, and it will be hard as a rock in a couple of seconds.  Be careful not to get any on your hands- it could cause frostbite. Keep in mind that the spray…"
May 25
Don Carlson replied to Jason Whetzell's discussion Mystery Clay (Pro-Clay vs. Monster Clay)
"Pro Clay looks a lot like mine in terms of glossiness. That's a relief, because I haven't found a way to make it flex a lot while being matte.The Pro Clay kind of reminds me of Van Aken with baby oil on the surface."
May 23
Antonio J. Cebrián commented on Don Carlson's photo
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tongue out

"So, you will make a new putty formula? interesting. About the storing process, I suppose the best will be keep it on original package. Does it? I don't know when will need every colour in the future. It could be years... "
May 20
Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo
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tongue out

"Thanks, Antonio! I've been waiting for feedback on the clay since I started making it 8 months ago and this means a lot to the research and development aspect. The clay will last indefinitely, but like any other clay, the petroleum jelly which…"
May 16
Antonio J. Cebrián commented on Don Carlson's photo
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tongue out

"I finally got the package! The first impression is fantastic! I like the feel; it's hard but becomes soft when you handle it, when you leaves it, becomes hard again. This is really a interesting property because it reduces friction damages when…"
May 15
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"In regards to the video above (since I ran out of time to edit this post), you first notice the sharpness, which draws the eye toward any possible motion blur. Because there is none, it looks a little surreal. If you were to add a music track and…"
May 12

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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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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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Wombok's got a trailer 2015

Started by Miles and Jules in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Strider 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi Gang..we finally decided on a trailer for our film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ANhKKgF5Tglet us know war you think?cheersM&JContinue

Tags: forest, wombok

Home set up for silver soldering

Started by Roos Mattaar in MACHINE SHOP. Last reply by Roos Mattaar 10 hours ago. 41 Replies

Hi there,Not a very much used part of the message board it seems here, but seems most appropriate for my question...I finally have a great space to use as my own stop motion workshop/studio, hooray!I have done some ball and socket armature making…Continue

Change to look of site?

Started by StopmoNick in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by Roos Mattaar 10 hours ago. 11 Replies

Since yesterday, the whole look of the site has changed... or is it just me?  It is now a wide blinding landscape of pure white, such as Scott of the Antarctic would have faced!   Text is in black.Windows like the one to add an image have a clear…Continue

Armature components

Started by Spencer McCarlie in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Roos Mattaar 22 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hey guys, I'm on the hunt for some armature joints and useful pieces.All I can find online are quite expensive so I was wondering if anyone had came across cheap parts?I do try and make my own for now but that's just from wire and I'm trying to get…Continue

Tags: Armatures

Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?

Started by Ron Cole in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Jim Arthurs on Monday. 23 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

Tags: Nikon, lens, adapter, T5, Rebel

latex build up trio & newbie hello

Started by Skylure Genavieve in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Don Carlson on Sunday. 9 Replies

hi everyone,I'm very new to the forum and the world of stop motion, but I wanted to show my face a bit so I don't feel like such a lurker!I am saving up for a desktop and camera so I can work on animation tests, but I couldn't help but get started…Continue

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