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Don Carlson's Discussions

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

Started Jul 6 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. 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:, 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


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Don Carlson replied to Yagan's discussion The Adventures of Mark Twain .. back in France !
"That is awesome! Kind of appropriate, too... Because Will Vinton did an adaptation of The Little Prince, which is French. It's like France is returning the favor by promoting his only feature film."
Sep 12
Don Carlson replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"If you just need to create the look of several layers of streets overlapping each other, you can get away with sheets of cardboard stacked at odd angles. If you want to have a cobblestone look, you could use Blackwrap, a thick black aluminum…"
Aug 29
Don Carlson commented on Marnik's video

The Third Edition

"Nice work! Looks like a fun character."
Aug 29
Don Carlson replied to justin rasch's discussion New Stopmotion Animators looking for Teacher?
"If I could afford it, y'know...I'd take your class. "
Aug 29
Don Carlson commented on StopmoNick's photo

Another writer puppet

"Nice character, Nick! Your silicone puppets are a littlemore "smooth" than the liquid latex, but your personal style shows through everything you do. It's great to see you working on another film."
Aug 8
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo
Aug 6
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo


"I make lightweight modeling clay, and that would solve a lot of problems with top-heavy characters. We have it in the Stop Motion Store. Maybe it will work for you."
Aug 5
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's photo


"That armature is quite advanced! Where did you get the joints? Never seen anything like this."
Aug 5
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's video


"That's effective! And I like how when the camera moves, the room moves along with it. Do you have a blog where you've posted about how you made the puppets? This is all very interesting stuff."
Aug 4
Don Carlson commented on Brendan Barnaville's video


"Nice tutorial!  Now, see, this is where someone with compositing experience could be helpful in stop motion. Because of the low frame rate, I couldn't even tell that was a video of real water. It just looks really cool. What about the room…"
Aug 3
Don Carlson replied to Harry Chaskin's discussion Steel Cut Oats
"Ron provided his son's voice and image editing for my last short film before school. He's a great guy. Looks like a cool project, Harry. I like the Oogie-like glowing eyes."
Aug 2
Don Carlson replied to Stuart Bury's discussion Pixelation help!
"Have them move as slowly as they can, and then take frames faster when they move too quickly. This will balance out the speed of motion-to-speed-of-capture ratio."
Jul 27
Don Carlson replied to Chris Walsh's discussion New Short Comedy Clip: PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIE
"Did he die? j/k"
Jul 27
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video

Zombie Pirate Tales

"Another thing you could do, which you already are familiar with, is forced perspective. The set designer for Slacker Cats really had this down to an artform. Just skew all your 90 degree angles back to a vanishing point. Suddenly a very shallow set…"
Jul 14
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video

Zombie Pirate Tales

"Hmmm, that actually makes it closer to 1/3 smaller puppets, not 1/2 (after doing the actual math and basing it on 1:6 original scale)."
Jul 13
Don Carlson commented on Marc Spess's video

Zombie Pirate Tales

"As strange as it sounds, maybe the thing to do is reduce your scale! You could go down by about 50 percent without sacrificing anything, as the characters are fairly simple. Just use smaller sculpting tools...I would say, make the…"
Jul 13

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At 9:19am on June 25, 2012, Claym8r said…
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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Copper wire fingers?

Started by Angus Lamont in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 2 hours ago. 7 Replies

HiI recently bought a beautiful looking ball and socket H1 Pro armature from Malvern Armatures. I also bought a pair of hands with it, and the fingers are made up with twisted copper wire. I've never used copper wire for fingers, only aluminium, but…Continue

Tags: copper, armature

Cleaning non digital noise from shots

Started by Waya Malling in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Waya Malling 4 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi I shot cut out animation under a sheet of glass and as a result of the glass I have a lot of "dust" ( not sure what to call it) noise on my shots . Does any one know of an effective way to clean this ?I use after effects CS6 so any method…Continue

Tags: CutOut, AE

DSLR Flickering issues?

Started by Raven Ocara in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 9 Replies

So I have Dragonframe 3.6 and am using a Canon T5 camera with the standard lens that it came with. I am using desk lamps for my lighting and black poster boards for my floor and wall. I have two Lego Bionicle characters trying to talk to each other-…Continue

'soft' steel balls... good idea? + silver solder question

Started by Roos Mattaar in ARMATURES. Last reply by trikfx on Thursday. 17 Replies

Hello everyone,Just a quick question about ball bearings... I came across these ball bearings which say they are 'machinable' and low carbon... …Continue

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 260 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

Start of a new puppet

Started by Greyguy in ARMATURES. Last reply by Miles and Jules on Thursday. 56 Replies

Here's a new puppet I startedIt will have mouth open and side to side jaw motionContinue



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