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On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Aug 5. 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. 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 John Horabin Jun 5. 3 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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Eduardo Salmar commented on Don Carlson's photo
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better instructions

"try sealing the plastic with heat, should be cheaper and looks pro enough"
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Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo
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better instructions

"Thanks for looking. I'm trying to get the packaging up to par with distributors' standards. A retail art store wants to sell this on consignment (to give me a little more money from each sale because he's a nice guy) and he was…"
Oct 17
Don Carlson posted photos
Oct 16
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion eBay lights...
"Looks nice, Dennis!"
Oct 16
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion eBay lights...
"If you don't need the ability to focus the light, or barn door it (without making your own barn doors), I absolutely recommend PAR 20 SPOT lightbulbs. You can get a dish-style aluminum light and take the reflector off, and that will give you a…"
Oct 15
Don Carlson replied to Troy Stith's discussion Bringing Doodles To Life
"I can't believe this has gotten no replies. Awesome work, Troy! Before starting a film, you may want to make many animation tests. Find the hardest parts of what the script requires, and take video reference of those actions, if you can, and…"
Oct 13
Don Carlson replied to Asya Lukin's discussion animation residency/studio
"Hey Asya, do you mind traveling to Turkey? I know a guy there. He offered me a work experience awhile back, but I couldn't go. Might still need help. I will write him."
Oct 13
Don Carlson replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"Interesting idea there, Nick! I agree, it's lower than the previous quote, but still not quite there yet...Well, a big name in stop motion asked for a sample, so I sent that out yesterday, and the store where I buy some of the clay ingredients…"
Oct 11
Don Carlson replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"Just got back from the post office. The guy said that there were restrictions, with regard to foldability of the packaging, etc. But he said that if I can get the clay into a thin envelope, it will cost about $16.00 for up to 1lb (454 grams). That…"
Oct 10
Don Carlson replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"Looked into flattening the clay. The price is still $23.50, even if it's an A4 envelope...I selected "small Flat-Rate DVD box" after that, and... same deal. The shipping is based on weight, and whether it's a flat rate DVD box,…"
Oct 10
Don Carlson replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"It didn't bother me. If anything, it made me feel better that some of the crowd characters were CG. Watching that ballroom scene, I was like, "how am I ever going to do anything like that? I suck!" And then to hear "oh, those…"
Oct 10
Don Carlson replied to Asya Lukin's discussion animation residency/studio
"Hi Asya,  The quality of your work is FANTASTIC! Particularly your lighting, sound, direction, and sculpting. Really amazing stuff. It reminds me a little bit of XYZOO. It's like a three-dimensional painting.  I love clay, and…"
Oct 9
Don Carlson replied to Asya Lukin's discussion animation residency/studio
"You would need a showreel that is good enough to convince a studio to take you in, if they had a residency program. If you don't have anything completed, show clips from your best work from the film. Not sure what country you live in, but in…"
Oct 9
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"It's interesting how, if you sculpt in the style Vinton's used when they only shaped the clay with sculpting tools, it resembles a low-polygon mesh in a CG program."
Oct 8
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Oct 8
Don Carlson replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion Flesh-Colored Clay
"Nick- A friend in Canada had that very same idea! I'm not sure if making it flat would work, because it's measured by weight for each mailing classification. But it wouldn't hurt to try. It's kind of funny- after spending all…"
Oct 8

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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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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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Stop motion Slider - Motion Control system recommendation

Started by Jantsch Niko in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Evan DeRushie 9 hours ago. 3 Replies

hello,i´m currently looking for an affordable Motion control system, do you have any suggestions?(preferable a system that works together with dragon stop motion)there is the axis360-pro from cineticsor the slider plus pro from edelkroneWhich system…Continue

Shanks FX Practical/Stop-Motion Effects

Started by Roger Beck in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by Roger Beck 12 hours ago. 4 Replies

I thought that some folks here might be interested in this…http://www.moviemagicnow.com/There are some really cool practical effects that are covered.Here is an example video…Here is his…Continue

Tags: Shanks FX, Stop-Motion, Practical Effects

The Woods Where We Played

Started by Christopher Olsen in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Zaid yesterday. 10 Replies

Hey guys, I've been a REALLY long time lurker, since the old boards, but I rarely made the time to really dig in and post a lot. Instead I would just find the info I needed, use it shamelessly and rarely even take the time to say "Hey thanks, that…Continue

I want to pour polyurethane foam inside a latex rubber skin puppet to fill the negative space

Started by Eric Halloy in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 3 Replies

I want to pour polyurethane foam inside my latex rubber skin puppet to fill the negative space between the skin and the armature. The brand is FlexFoam-it III (the three pound density). I am at the stage in the construction of my puppet where I can…Continue

DARK EARTH

Started by mattosaurus in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION on Thursday. 0 Replies

This is a must-fund project for a must-see movie.[url]https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth-period-set-science-fantasy-adventure[/url]Continue

Rig removal with a camera move

Started by Christopher Olsen in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Christopher Olsen on Thursday. 10 Replies

Hey guys, what are everyone's thoughts/tips on rig removal in a moving camera shot? Example would be a pan or a tilt shot where the camera is continuously moving at the same time as the character is moving.Obviously the normal "take a static master…Continue

Tags: move, camera, removal, rig

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