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Don Carlson's Discussions

Lighting question for all you's guys

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson on Friday. 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. 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

 

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Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Lighting question for all you's guys
"Thanks, Nick! Well, the temperature that the clay gets soft even before the lights are heating the entire room is going to come from two 50 watt halogens a couple of feet away (just because it's direct, concentrated light). I have found that…"
Friday
StopmoNick replied to Don Carlson's discussion Lighting question for all you's guys
"My lights don't have much effect on the temperature of the puppet.  I use mostly 50 watt halogens, usually at least 1.5 metres away from the subject.  LEDs would be cooler and have even less effect on clay (if I used clay to animate…"
Friday
Don Carlson posted a discussion

Lighting question for all you's guys

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 the animator who is going to use it. So far, there has not been much feedback about the clay's current hardness. It is designed to get soft around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and then be at its optimal workability and flexibility at that temperature until the animation lights are turned off. This results…See More
Thursday
Don Carlson commented on Sean O'Hara's video
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Barbie's Fifty Shades of Pink - a Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey

"First things first: I can not believe that S&M has gone mainstream because of...of all things...a book. I mean, the Kama Sutra never made mainstream people want to go out and experience each other 50 different ways. At least, not on the mass…"
Tuesday
Don Carlson replied to Amanda's discussion 14 year old wants a stop motion camera
"She might be able to find a Sanyo IDShot. They were once horrendously expensive but nosedived in price sometime around 2004 or 2005. A bunch of us from here bought one, and they were pretty fun because the camera records and plays back animation…"
Nov 15
Don Carlson replied to Amanda's discussion 14 year old wants a stop motion camera
"I still love webcams. They have a certain look that you don't get with a DSLR, point and shoot, or video camera. It's slightly sleazy, soft around the edges, like a window into an underworld. And it is still the camera of choice for…"
Nov 14
Don Carlson replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"When you have animated long enough, you take the length of time it takes to do animation pretty much in stride. You may be a "rank amateur" now, but you won't stay one forever. In fact, a lot of animators had only GI Joes to animate…"
Nov 7
Don Carlson replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Welcome, Joe! Many of us started out with movie cameras or a video camera that could only shoot about a second of video at a time. That really points out how recent the framegrabbing technology is. A compositor at Laika started out as a childhood…"
Nov 7
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better instructions

"Good idea, Eduardo! Never even considered that! Thanks. :)"
Oct 27
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PP ultra hard

This is Puppet Putty Ultra Hard. It melts at around 180 degrees F.
Oct 27
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"
Oct 22
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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
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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

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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 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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Adobe Premiere/Effects animating a matte for rig removal

Started by Annie Wong in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Scottie D. yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi! I was wondering if anyone could tell me or point me in the direction of a tutorial for animating a matte for rig removal in Adobe Premiere or After Effects? Here's a quickie little test I did of my puppet just to dip my feet into how his rig…Continue

Tags: adobe, removal, rig

Making silicone puppet

Started by Hani in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 17 Replies

Hi everyoneI'm working on a puppet of a girl, and I want to use silicone for the skin. I tried to make it of Dragon Skin 10 but the result goes too smooth and looks very doll like - as in the picture here:…Continue

Lighting question for all you's guys

Started by Don Carlson in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Don Carlson on Friday. 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 the animator who is going to use it. So far, there…Continue

Tags: clay

LIGHTING!

Started by Becky Weston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Jack Liddon on Tuesday. 13 Replies

Hello fellow stop motion-ers!I have managed to teach myself enough to make a few stop motions, but I still don't quite understand what type of lighting/bulbs to use to prevent the subtle flickering throughout an animation? I want to be able to…Continue

Tags: flicker, no, cheap, lighting

DIY moco rig

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 4 Replies

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14 year old wants a stop motion camera

Started by Amanda in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by gustavo arteaga on Monday. 14 Replies

My son is almost 14 years old.  He has done some stop motion on his 3Ds with his lego figures, although there is no sound.  He is asking for a real stop motion camera for Christmas. I don't even know where to begin.  He doesn't have his own personal…Continue

Tags: first, stop-motion, Christmas, camera, teen

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