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Don Carlson's Discussions

Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Nov 16, 2015. 24 Replies

Hi folks, As some of you know, I started making clay last year for our niche group (animators). At first, it didn't sell very well, but now I'm having the opposite problem... I can't make it fast…Continue

Tags: clay, modeling, demand, and, supply

Vote for Animated Tune's "Mike's Hard" can design

Started Jul 6, 2015 0 Replies

Hi folks, my good friend Animated Tunes has entered a contest and could really use your help. She's a 2D animator, but has worked in stop motion, most notably on "Dr. Zond Controls The Weather".I've…Continue

HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 12, 2015. 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, 2015. 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

 

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Don Carlson replied to Thomas Nicol's discussion Winders site live!
"Can they fly a camera? I have dreamed of the day that we can inexpensively do camera moves on any axis!"
Tuesday
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"I've run into a production problem concerning the matte but can instruct anyone who wants to know how to cut out the glare from lighting if the current line is too glossy. What I have found in the year and a half of selling this is that no one…"
Apr 28
Don Carlson replied to Rob den Dekker's discussion Short stop motion animation courses?
"If you can swing it and are in Oregon, Will Vinton's stop motion class is fantastic. As far as online courses, Stoopid Buddy's was competent and crammed a lot of great info and examples into its run time. Can't comment on others, as I…"
Apr 28
Don Carlson replied to Cor Snel's discussion why twos
"It will, if the increments are either randomly spaced, there is not enough overlap of the object's pieces (a thin wire limb that moves in increments greater than the thickness of the arm),  hard to control in a shot where the camera is too…"
Mar 29
Don Carlson replied to Cor Snel's discussion why twos
"That would actually smooth out the animation...One thing you can do is add the noise digitally in post after shooting in extra-high resolution and then going with a smaller resolution on output. That ensures that the digital noise is confined to…"
Mar 22
Don Carlson replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Rig in a clay puppet
"Stikki-wax the rig onto the puppet's back. The rig can be a piece of twisted aluminum wire or something more complex. Stikki wax will attach to clay easily, especially if you heat up the end you want to connect to the puppet with a hair dryer.…"
Mar 14
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"Thanks for your patience! I had a packaging safety issue (plastic tubs that the clay was going to be sold in shattered and I cut myself on one of them). The original square shape is back and matte white will be in the store Monday or Tuesday. "
Mar 6
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"You can make each shiny or matte if you have one finish and want the other. If the clay is shiny, you can use baking paper over the lights. If there is still shine, you can place a polarizing filter on the camera lens. You can also rub baby…"
Feb 28
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"If anyone is still interested, Puppet Putty Soft, the next logical release of the clay, is coming out in the next few weeks. It will be softer to begin with and has been tested for animation. While the original 'Putty and the 3-packs looked…"
Feb 27
Don Carlson replied to Alejandra Medina's discussion Random Question on Polymer clay
"Rubbing alcohol or olive oil also works pretty well."
Jan 16
Don Carlson replied to Robert's discussion I want to make animal puppets
" I make my clay harder to begin with to avoid the problem of it over-softening under lights. As far as the resculpting goes, that comes with animating with clay. If you don't want to have to re-sculpt, you may want to use a different material. "
Jan 10
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
"Makes you wonder how many movies he's disowned ;) "
Jan 2
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
" Nice film by the way, I liked the voice characterization and everything but how disgustingly talented you are. :P "
Dec 28, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Stickybones!
"Holy cow, that is really great. The animated examples of it are fantastic! Moves just like a real person."
Dec 28, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
"Ha ha, well… I would've but I get tired of seeing my name over and over.  I've often thought of using an alias.Well, if you ever decide you don't like your film, you can change your film credit to "Alan…"
Dec 27, 2015
Don Carlson commented on Tim Daniel's video
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"A short film has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It can be as long or as short as it needs to be to tell the story. This looks more like a test (and it's not a bad one!) One thing that is a dead giveaway that a film is too short is when the…"
Dec 20, 2015

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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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