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Don Carlson's Discussions

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:https://vimeo.com/ondemand/animationclassExpert-level, 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

On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Aug 5, 2014. 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, 2014. 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

 

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"That's odd... I know I sent some white. There's no white, black, and gray in the store, either. I'll ask about that. It might have gotten deleted by mistake."
5 hours ago
Antonio J. Cebrián commented on Don Carlson's photo
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"Excellent! I only wait white It is not in the shop yet "
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"Marc Spess has figured out a better rate for the international shipping. He said it's about 2/3 of the price he was quoted before."
Friday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"I felt the same way about 30 FPS for a long time. Even after doing a bunch of tests at 30P, it seemed to be too smooth for cinematic camera movements. Then I saw a live action, handheld video shot with a high shutter speed. It looked very cinematic,…"
Thursday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"I think it mostly takes a trained eye to notice, but the issue of the motion being too "real" is central to the 24P vs 30P argument that has raged on filmmaking forums for at least a decade. I first came across it in 2004 while trying to…"
Thursday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"15 was the standard for web video for many years. In the mid-early 2000's, Brickfilms started up and all of their directors animated at 15. Even now, that is still the favored frame rate for animating with Lego toys. It can work very well for…"
Wednesday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"That was the biggest mistake I made on a 3-year short. Not much of a story (although there is a moral if you look hard enough), just sight gags and the entire thing created in a vacuum.  As a result, it got seen by very few people. But it was…"
Wednesday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"Man, you've learned a lot from just the internet! I sometimes forget how great of a resource it can be. The film is very pro. Are you entering it in any festivals? I had trouble understanding the story, but that doesn't mean other people…"
Wednesday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"The sheer technical level is filling me with questions... The technique for making the character appear to walk through the supermarket, for example... On Vimeo, the contraption that he is attached to is seen and looks very similar to the type of…"
Wednesday
Don Carlson replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"That was absolutely awe-inspiring. There aren't many noir films in the clay animation genre. This will stick out."
Tuesday
Don Carlson commented on Hasani Walker's photo
Tuesday
Don Carlson replied to StampMotionStudio's discussion Needing lights for stop motion
"The tin bowl clamp lights are kind of all we used at NW Film Center...You can do way more with them than it first appears! If, for example, you screwed in a Halogen flood bulb, it gives you an intense spot in the middle. That is great for rim and…"
Tuesday
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"OK. Waiting the arrival to shop "
Apr 25
Don Carlson commented on Don Carlson's photo
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"Hi Antonio, I just shipped almost 40 packs out. Not really sure which colors people need the most, but white is in there. Probably going to start making the most common 12 colors and the rest of the current 28 will be available as special order."
Apr 25
Antonio J. Cebrián commented on Don Carlson's photo
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"Really nice look, Don. I arrived late to webshop and white clay was selled. ¿Do you think make more? I'm eager to put my hand on it but white is the most important for me. "
Apr 24
Don Carlson commented on Tyson Van Wagoner's photo
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"Cool, man!  When you're sculpting the fold of a fabric, do you find that you're mostly doing additive or subtractive sculpture? The kind I'm most interested in is subtractive, or the kind of wrinkling effect you can make by…"
Apr 23

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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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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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how do you ditribute your time?

Started by Antonio J. Cebrián in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Antonio J. Cebrián 11 hours ago. 6 Replies

along these years working in my proyect I see most of time was used in lot of work related but not in animate and filming puppets (thing is suposed we do). Specially, the task of building sets, making props and puppets is neverending. I think my…Continue

Mixed up about mixing plaster

Started by Animatters in CASTING. Last reply by StopmoNick 16 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does anyone have any tips on mixing small quantities of Hydrocal/Ultracal? As much as I love casting all sorts of oddball "things" for my daughters to paint/play with, it would be nice to know how I can mix up just 125mL if all I need is 125mL as…Continue

"Will O' The Wisp" Production Bumper + Short Film (2014)

Started by Mike in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Mike yesterday. 27 Replies

Hello Everyone :) I've been posting some random W.I.P. photos and little test videos over the past year or so, but I recently discovered there's a "your project" section here in the forum. So this is a thread for my ongoing project, "Will O' The…Continue

Tags: wip, commercial, bumper, film, short

Showreel - looking for critique, comments, advice, etc.

Started by Sean O'Hara in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by gustavo arteaga yesterday. 2 Replies

For the past few years I've been focusing more and more on building my YouTube page and I figured I was long overdue on making a showreel for myself.I'd love to hear any comments, critiques, thoughts or even simple observations you may…Continue

Tags: Showreel

2015 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival - Call for Entries Now Open!

Started by Chris Diaz in FILM FESTIVALS. Last reply by Chris Diaz yesterday. 5 Replies

PROUD TO BE BACK FOR OUR 7th EDITION!Celebrating stop motion is the name of the game, and we're back to do it again! For our 7th edition, The MSMFF team is aiming to bring our audience another exceptional program of films and more exceptional…Continue

Tags: claymation, motion, stop, festival, film

Film Festival Results

Started by Keith Mullin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Carolina Veirano yesterday. 4 Replies

On Thursday night we had the "Best of Festival" screening and awards ceremony for a film festival that I did a stop animation for.  My film "Percipient" was selected for the Best of Fest screening and nominated for a pile of awards.  I ended up…Continue

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