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On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jul 16. 25 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. 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

Wax animation test

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jun 5. 4 Replies

Hi folks, finally putting my money where my mouth is and giving the animation wax a test drive. Here's a short loop illustrating its elastic properties. The way it moves is more like flesh than…Continue

Tags: stop, motion, test, mouth, wax

Blocking windows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 18. 14 Replies

I'm pretty sure we have talked about this before, but I can't find the thread about preventing sunlight through a window from causing light fluctuations on set. After some experimentation, I found…Continue

 

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"That's not cheddar, it's Red Leicester!   How about a more neutral, beige/flesh colour, for sculptors or people animating human puppets with clay heads?  I remember years ago when I got a props buyer to get me some plasticine…"
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"Hey Don, I'll take that off your hands for you. Great job."
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"It looks nice don. Now if only I could get my hands on some ham. j/k.I does look pretty neat. Maybe it would be better if it looks air tight.Like decompressing air inside the bag.I could help with the box design if you want :D. "
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"It's not cheese, but I did just buy some cheese! Sharp Cheddar. :)"
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"Great work, Donghai. You really push the limitations of cardboard."
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"Very nicely done. "
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Don Carlson commented on William "Zoe" FitzGerald's event TGS ANIMATION LEAGUE "CLAYMATION"
"NEAT! Wish something like this was available in Portland. Of course, I'd probably be teaching it..."
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Puppet Putty

"Thanks Mike. :) This stuff is fun, but the heat is killing me. It's slowing me down a little more than I'd like. Ordering the molds soon and I have a guy doing the packaging design."
Jul 11
Don Carlson replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion Voice Recording
"Just remembered- for voice recording away from the computer (or even tethered to it), the Zoom H2 will work in a pinch. It has four different mic positions and you can choose between stereo and mono. It's also an excellent mic for Foley."
Jul 11
Don Carlson replied to Ron Cole's discussion Sculptex New Alternative To Klean Klay
"Van Aken Protolina will not melt. Newplast is oil-based, but not wax-based. Van Aken Plastilina and Claytoons are wax-based. Protolina will smooth with water, but I suspect it loses some of its composition as water literally dissolves it like oil…"
Jul 11
Don Carlson replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion Voice Recording
"My comptuer is noisy, but the mic goes through a guitar FX processor with a noise reduction circuit on it (kind of like a noise gate). Try something like that if you want really clean recordings. You can get a multi pedal for less than $100 at pawn…"
Jul 10
Aaron Martinez replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Don, this is quite the thought-provoking question. Here's my 2 cents: The answer depends on what your motivation is during the process, but... In general, I think sharing knowledge and techniques is a net gain to the SM Community. As stated by…"
Jul 8
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Lol - I originally painted them orange/red, didn't like it, and went with a mottled yellow/beige/brown sort of look. That's traces of the original coat of paint. "
Jul 7
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Argh!! Looks like it already has some blood on it. From a previous sitting attempt. You speak from experience? j/k"
Jul 7

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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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New steel ball tech.........bye bye silver solder!!!

Started by Julian Clark in ARMATURES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 20 Replies

Been a while since last post, seems like I get less and less time to browse the stop-mo site!! I'm not an advocate of using this forum to promote my gear but I developed something really cool a while ago that's caused a few ripples in the armature…Continue

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Hello everyone,I am working on a stop motion project and I will be making an old village set with a flooring made out of a layer of plaster. I am afraid when we drill some holes during filming the plaster cracks and comes off the wooden base. Is…Continue

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Hello everyone! I already introduced myself, but repeating doesn't hurt. :)Ny name is Pier, and I am an Italian PhD student. I am conducting a research for which I need expert ratings about the creativity of different US feature animated movies.…Continue

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