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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 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."
yesterday
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%…"
Monday
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…"
Monday
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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"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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"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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"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
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"Antonio has a good point, and I also noticed this when compression some HFR tests to a quarter of the resolution. It was harder to see the difference because of the loss of detail, which I suppose the mind just rejects as being motion blur. Another…"
May 12
Antonio J. Cebrián replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"I saw the video and my impression is it looks irreal, but I think it's more cause its sharpness and detail than the framerate. If you see really those robots under day light, the shadows don't let you see all those details. The film looks…"
May 11
StopmoNick replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"I only installed Chrome a month ago, when my older version of Safari stopped being able to play videos.  So it can't be too far out of date.  I'll check the version... yep it's up to date. "
May 10
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"It's also possible that your version of Chrome is not up to date. I forget that occasionally and have to check the latest version at least once a year, often wondering what features I'm missing out on by using an older one."
May 10
StopmoNick replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"I'll check that.  It's a 6 year old Mac Pro and although the graphics card was good for its time, it may not be up to today's standards.  But I did watch about a third of Ultron in the slightly larger window, before going…"
May 10
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"Politeness is an interesting concept that depends on context and intent. I've seen co-workers be ruthless to each other, and that is their way of bonding- but it wouldn't fly in a business meeting. The most trouble I've ever gotten in…"
May 10
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"It is interesting to read about stuff like the new video cameras being produced by companies like Blackmagic, where they are talking about Ultra HD and HFR as if it is an entirely natural progression. I suppose stop-mo has already got there, as we…"
May 10
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.
"One last thing- your video card might not be able to play back 720P 60 FPS video at full screen. As an experiment, you could try watching it in the smaller Youtube window. It could be skipping every other frame at full screen, and effectively…"
May 10

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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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Dead Sleep crowd funding

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

Only one day left in the Crowd Funding event for Dead Sleep. A stop motion Animation About a guy named Midas going in for a sleep experiment that is really a sinister experiment when he wakes up with undead Zombies allover the Lab. Can he survive…Continue

School project - Space pi si

Started by Yvonne Tsang in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT yesterday. 0 Replies

Last year I  volunteered at the Zwi Perez Chajes Elementary school in Vienna and had the chance to share my passion of stop motion animation with 22 amazing kids(aged 8 - 9) and their teacher...Once a week I joined them for 2 hours...the kids wrote…Continue

Cut paper feed back.

Started by Bethany Williams in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick on Thursday. 8 Replies

Hey guys.I have just about finished a cut paper animation and I would really appreciate some feedback about what I can change. There is no title to begin with hence the blank 5 seconds at the beginning. I know I need to adjust some sound levels and…Continue

2015 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival - Call for Entries Now Open!

Started by Chris Diaz in FILM FESTIVALS. Last reply by Chris Diaz on Wednesday. 8 Replies

PROUD TO BE BACK FOR OUR 7th EDITION!Celebrating stop motion is the name of the game, and we're back to do it again! For our 7th edition, The MSMFF team is aiming to bring our audience another exceptional program of films and more exceptional…Continue

Tags: claymation, motion, stop, festival, film

Little prince new version (with CG and STOPMO)

Started by Yagan in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Yagan on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Just to show you a video about the new "Little prince" From st Exupery Moviehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZVwa4yBuSDITrailer and clip…Continue

About Puppet Putty

Started by Antonio J. Cebrián in CLAY. Last reply by Don Carlson on Monday. 9 Replies

Hey, Don. I'm interested in trying your Puppet Putty clay. In the webshop there is a "translucent white", but I need "normal white". Do you have a "not translucent white?And another question: How much is shipping to Spain? How many blocks are the…Continue

Tags: clay, animacion, plastilina, putty, Puppet

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