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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 Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"30 packs just shipped out today! I put some white clay in the box. Thank you for being patient. :)"
Feb 23
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion Smashing glass
"I like Simon's idea! Another thing, that I just thought of, is gelatin. Gelatin can be used to make fake glass to make a harder version that doesn't wiggle when you move it, you would just use a lower amount of water.…"
Feb 23
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion Smashing glass
"Rock candy.http://www.brit.co/creepy-petit-fours/ Replace the actual glass with shards of the rock candy after drawing cracks spreading on the real glass with a white grease pen. When played back at speed, it will look like the glass shattered. To…"
Feb 21
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"I don't know, man... It's kind of fun preparing it, too. :D "
Feb 18
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"Look for it there in about a week and a half. It takes awhile to make a full shipment, but I'm going as fast as I can while also working full time and often overtime at the day job.  Wish I could get the clay out faster, but it's very…"
Feb 17
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"There is a normal white, the colors just have slowed down on the production end because I've been making larger batches of single colors. I will keep in mind that white is one of the most asked for tints, though. We have had it in the past, it…"
Feb 16
Lemz Media left a comment for Don Carlson
"Hey Don, long time no chat. How's the business going? "
Feb 12
Don Carlson commented on Antonio J. Cebrián's video
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El Plastinauta. Opening

"Very nice, man! I love clay. Nothin' else looks like it. You commented in another thread about models looking better on camera than in real life.  Lighting can have a lot to do with that... If you use diffused, even TV-style lighting, then…"
Feb 10
Don Carlson commented on Scottie D.'s video
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Lynn

"I would never think of using baked sculpey as the bones...Wow! And if you wanted it to be even lighter weight, you could use something like DAS air-dry clay."
Feb 6
Don Carlson commented on Scottie D.'s video
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Lynn

"Awesome work, man! The Sculpey is unbaked? I'm curious how you got it to bend without breaking."
Feb 5
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…"
Jan 26
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

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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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General Purpose Stop Motion Stage

Started by Michael in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Strider 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

Looking through the Internet, Stop Motion Magazine, Stop Motion Books, etc., I've seen plenty of fantastic ways to build a stop motion stage.I would like to get thoughts from the people here that do this day-in and day-out.If you were to build one…Continue

Green screen

Started by richstimson in NEWBIE CORNER 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi all, I have been trying out Stop Motion Studio on the iPad/iPod which is a great app. I'd like to try green screen but I'm not quite sure where to start with it. Does anyone know of a good tutorial?Also, this is our first animation:…Continue

Tags: review, animation, feedback, tutorials, screen

Lighting techniques for 2D cut out stop motion

Started by Eleanor Evans in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Strider 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm currently working on a project taking a lot of influence from python era cut out animation and I'm trying to use stop motion rather than photographing and using Toon Boom, photoshop etc. (mostly because I like result I've got in tests and partly…Continue

Stop Motion Pro Eclipse

Started by Michael in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick 21 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does anybody have any reviews, experience or thoughts on the new Stop Motion Pro Eclipse?  I have Stop Motion Pro  7.5 Action, and I'm just wondering if I should upgrade.Continue

Ask a Model Maker...

Started by McKinlay in SCULPTING. Last reply by Anthony Leigh yesterday. 19 Replies

Howdy y'all!My name is McKinlay. I work in the model shop at Laika Studios. I've been a professional model maker for 10 years or so and have been at Laika for four. I posted in the "introduce yourself" thread, but I thought I'd give a wave in a…Continue

What are you favorite Pre-CGI stopmotion creatures from Film?

Started by Joe (Dinoman217) in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Angus Lamont yesterday. 4 Replies

When younger movie goers think of stop-motion they think of Clay-Mation cartoons. However though before CGI Existed, cartoons were not the only place where stop-motion was used. Back in the day, film-makers like Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'Brien, and…Continue

Tags: King, Kong, Dynamation, Muren, Dennis

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