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Don Carlson's Discussions

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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Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo

better instructions

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

This is Puppet Putty Ultra Hard. It melts at around 180 degrees F.
Eduardo Salmar commented on Don Carlson's photo

better instructions

"try sealing the plastic with heat, should be cheaper and looks pro enough"
Oct 22
Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo

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
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
Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo


"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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Comment Wall (3 comments)

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.

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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.


Message Board

Copy stand lights

Started by Jane Shadbolt in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by gustavo arteaga 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi All I'm setting up a small lab for an animation elective at the University of Newcastle with some copy stands for cut-out and drawn animation and I'm trying to get the lighting right.  I'd really like to go LED or fluorescent (because they last…Continue

Lighting packages...Where to begin?

Started by Stuart Bury in CAMERA & STAGE 15 hours ago. 0 Replies

I've always just worked with clamp lights from a hard ware store. They've been ok on really small productions, but I might be landing my first decent sized gig. It's time to step up my game.For those of you who use professional grade lights, what do…Continue

Shopping trolley

Started by Marnik in MODEL DEPARTMENT. Last reply by Marnik 16 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hello all!I need to make 2 supermarket shopping trolleys like the one pictured below for a huge part of the short film I'm making. They need to be strong enough to support a clay puppet in each one (although I could get round this by rigging them…Continue

DIY moco rig

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE 16 hours ago. 0 Replies


What's the English name for the tools to punch hair in the puppet's skin?

Started by Jet Zhang in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

I remember there was a thread about the tool, but can not find that article. Anybody know that? Thanks!Continue

Game of Death Claymation

Started by ippo makunochi in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT 20 hours ago. 0 Replies

himy new claymation video for watchingContinue





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