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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 Bobby's discussion FPS (again)
"I start by building a lot of things that will never get used. :) Lots of sketches, too. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, stick figures can work. Maybe you could come up with some sort of drawing model that can be dashed out quickly, like a…"
Jun 25
Don Carlson replied to Bobby's discussion FPS (again)
"I start by building a lot of things that will never get used. :) Lots of sketches, too. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, stick figures can work. Maybe you could come up with some sort of drawing model that can be dashed out quickly, like a…"
Jun 25
Don Carlson replied to Bobby's discussion FPS (again)
"If you want your animation to play back smoothly and at the same speed it moved on two's, you  need to make the animation in smaller movements twice as small with gradual speed changes (ease-in, accelerate, decelerate, and ease out). It…"
Jun 23
Don Carlson replied to JediPeaceFrog's discussion Trying to launch my stop-motion career...nothing but roadblocks.
"I would ask if they could bubble-wrap the outside of the box. Had a few brushes with bad luck on the camera front, but nothing like THAT!"
Jun 3
Don Carlson replied to Adam Taylor's discussion Video reference
"This is nothing new. Will Vinton Productions really pioneered it (with film reference) in the 70's. I also think blocking is important, as it can be very difficult to see what is going on in a storyboard or animatic if an animator (like myself)…"
May 26
Don Carlson replied to Srj's discussion Dragonframe and After Effects framerate issue
"Some higher end framegrabbers have at some point featured an "all in one" interface, but in my experience that has led to a bloated-looking and user-unfriendly workflow.  You really benefit from having several programs that specialize…"
May 12
Don Carlson replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion About Puppet Putty
"That was a nice review! The hard formula was designed with older lighting setups in mind (Halogen 50 watt par 20's, for example). Under this type of lighting, the clay will soften enough to manipulate without cracking while still allowing you…"
May 12
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!"
May 3
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

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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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