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Pram's Discussions

E-Book update needs your help

Started on Friday 0 Replies

Hi folks,I have written an E-book on making modeling clay for animation and special effects and need a little help raising the funds to write the Second Edition. It will be a vast improvement over…Continue

Tags: animation, motion, stop, clay, Modeling

Blacklisted: How do you know?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pram on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I was wondering, if you are blacklisted, is there any way of finding out? Also, if you correct the behavior that you were blacklisted for, are you still blacklisted for life, even though the…Continue

Tags: Maven, Films, question, Pram, Carlson

Illuminated prop illusion

Started Mar 30 0 Replies

Picked up a neat lighting trick from Dexter, wanted to share it with you guys. If you want to make it look like a lamp is in a room with a character and is supposed to be one of the only sources of…Continue

Tags: Films, clay, animation, Maven, Pram

Progress on the latest clay short

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pram Mar 31. 12 Replies

Hi folks,Been working on a new short from a script that came about a couple years ago. Inspiration struck when I stopped trying to think of something, and after moving and figuring out a formula for…Continue

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Pram replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.
"If you can locate a Kodak Zi6 and shoot 30fps on two's (still effectively 15fps), you can coordinate the Zi6 reference footage with your animation. To my knowledge, it is the only handheld point and shoot camera that drops its shutter speed in…"
9 hours ago
Pram commented on Mike's photo
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Set progress

"I like the composition and trees! Is this guy a gunslinger? His posture kind of reminds me of one. Nice idea, about the box fan. Those are a must any time you're using hot lighting. Good to have a window or leave the door open, too. Unless…"
9 hours ago
Pram replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.
"One fun thing, is if you like frame blending, you  can shoot at 29.97 in Dragon and convert to 30 exactly in your nonlinear editor, and that will also enable the feature because of the mismatch in frame rates.It will look more like a bad film…"
19 hours ago
Pram replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.
"From what I could see on Coraline and Paranorman, the approach was a mix of one's and two's (this is a tradition that started when the studio bore a different name and goes back 30 years). Fast stuff on one's, slow stuff on two's…"
yesterday
Pram replied to Pram's discussion Blacklisted: How do you know?
"I guess you don't know... Maybe that's the point. At any rate, unless someone does something really egregious, I do not support blacklisting because it is cruel. It is a form of bullying. We are all human and make mistakes. Forgiveness is…"
Tuesday
Pram commented on donghai's photo
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30 's Clay Animation“2B4B”

"That is some great, funny stuff! I see you've got the dreaded "clay dandruff" on the eyeball of the character on the left. A way to counter that is to dust the piece of clay you are adding as an eyelid with cornstarch or talc. Both…"
Tuesday
Pram posted a discussion

E-Book update needs your help

Hi folks,I have written an E-book on making modeling clay for animation and special effects and need a little help raising the funds to write the Second Edition. It will be a vast improvement over the original, with brighter colored and smoother clay, but I'm getting absolutely killed in the cost of formulating it. I've been paying retail prices for the ingredients and have only taken it as far as I've been able to afford. Lots of starts and stops along the way... The formulas are unique to the…See More
Friday
Pram replied to Beans's discussion Walking - measurement?
"Beans- you can get some pretty strong magnets out of an old microwave. I mean, really strong. They are fairly big for a magnet, bigger than Earth magnets- but they can pull feet down to a set with a piece of sheet metal in between. As far as…"
Apr 8
Pram posted a discussion

Blacklisted: How do you know?

I was wondering, if you are blacklisted, is there any way of finding out? Also, if you correct the behavior that you were blacklisted for, are you still blacklisted for life, even though the impression you have made might not an accurate one about your character? I have heard that once you get on a list like that, there is no getting off of it The problem with that, is that forever punishing someone for their mistake is counterintuitive if the point of excluding them was to make them change…See More
Apr 5
Pram replied to Chelsea Robin Lee's discussion Looking for a stop-motion animator for entry level position
"Is this a paying position?"
Apr 3
Pram replied to Pram's discussion Progress on the latest clay short
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Mar 31
Pram replied to Beans's discussion Walking - measurement?
"If you don't think you can pull off a dog walk, first try it on two's (two frames for each move). You will need half as many movements for each stride, which means half as many opportunities to get it wrong (or "right", if…"
Mar 31
Pram replied to Pram's discussion Progress on the latest clay short
Mar 30
Pram posted a discussion

Illuminated prop illusion

Picked up a neat lighting trick from Dexter, wanted to share it with you guys. If you want to make it look like a lamp is in a room with a character and is supposed to be one of the only sources of illumination, you can take a toilet paper roll and cut it to the right height, cover it with white paper, and then wrap/tape plastic wrap around it. Now when you aim a strong spotlight/pinspot at the lamp, it will appear to be lit from within once you expose for it and then light the rest of the set…See More
Mar 30
Pram replied to Philmation's discussion Help with Hands
"Looks good to me!"
Mar 30
Pram replied to Pram's discussion Progress on the latest clay short
Mar 29

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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, Pram 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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Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.

Started by Ben Tobin in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Strider 6 hours ago. 8 Replies

Hi, I'm really new to stop motion and have been trying out various frame rates but am mostly sticking to 24p for no particular reason.  after my first couple of attempts I switched to shooting in/on twos (1photo for 2 frames) as I have read that a…Continue

Set floor material

Started by Jasmine Best in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Jasmine Best 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

I have been doing a lot of research on different tie down methods but I am still confused about what kind of material is best for the floor of the set for a simple drill hole in floor and rod and bolt tie down puppet support. I have seen…Continue

Tags: materials, beginner, new, construction, sets

Stop mo in VW roadtrip documenatry

Started by Tim in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 3 Replies

Hi, I haven't been on here for ages and can't find my old thread, so I've started a new one.  Here is my finished stop motion segment as part of the completed film.   scene at 1:50 I had planned on shooting a couple more scenes, but ran out of…Continue

Tags: new, york, breakdown, travel, vw

DSLR Full-Manual (avoiding flicker) extremely confused.

Started by Mike in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 54 Replies

I've been reading a lot of threads in a lot of forums, and I'm still flabbergasted about how complicated this topic is to fully understand. I'm hoping someone with experience can help clarify the "digital lense flicker" epidemic for me. I'm looking…Continue

Tags: 60D, T3i, Cannon, Flicker, DSLR

Making a Ball and Socket Armature by Welding

Started by Jonathan Luna in ARMATURES yesterday. 0 Replies

Its been some time but I'm back. I was just learning how to weld in my sculpture class and I was wondering about making a ball and socket armature with welding. The main question I have is would I still need to drill a hole into the ball bearing to…Continue

TALOS Lives Again

Started by fantamation in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Mike yesterday. 5 Replies

I'm carrying the progress of my studio scale Talos puppet replica over here from the sculpting forum since I now have the first casting...... now for the paint job.

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