Greetings, Im looking to improve my stop motion technique, timing, smoothness, speed etc. Is it best to use a puppet you spent a lot of time making? Or is a simple wire frame puppet better? (quick…Continue
Greetings all! My first post on this wonderful site. I came across a simple and inexpensive method of making a type of foam latex on youtube. Its basically unflavored gelatin, water and dish soap.…Continue
"Just awesome, especially the second half of the video where its mixed with live action and blue screen shots....Very Harryhausen-esk, if thats a word. What kind of setup did you use? (animation software? camera? editing software? Frame…"
"Many thanks and very kind of you to explain all the major techniques... Gonna work on each one separately before advancing to a new technique. Lots to experiment with/practice and hopefully make some good improvements...
If you ever decide to…"
"One more thing I want to add - this isn't technically one of the principles, but it's more like a combination of several of them into a powerful technique or theory that if you learn it will transform your work. It's called Seaweed…"
"Most important techniques – definitely start with ease-in and ease-out, which is also called cushioning as you said. If you only use one of the principles let that be it. When you've got that one fairly well in hand move on to…"
"Great advice Geoff, Makes perfect sense, to put your puppet through a quick pose practice before actually filming... This way you can correct any problems before the filming starts and you can actually see if your puppet can hold or attain those…"
"Nick is the Man! I used his awesome puppet making tutorials on youtube to make my puppet. I also found a free pdf copy of the animators survival kit online so will def read it front to back as well as the link you sent. What would you say are the…"
pop-thru's are just a recording of only the key poses, without every frame or final lighting or scene dressing. A fast dry-run of the motion exposes what hidden problems may occur. They can take just five…"
"This one's pretty good, but it still doesn't go into the nitty gritty details you need to know as an animator, it's more like a quick sound-byte version to make it all seem really cool, but not great for instruction. For that you…"
"How long did it take to get my animation smooth? Honeslty, it took until Nick H explained how it's really done until it sank into my head and I actually understood it. Pretty much as soon as I learned he techniques, my animation made the…"
Thanks for the awesome tips and suggestions. From what ive learned so far everything youve said is right on the money. I spent a lot of time (over a month) making my first puppet, then made a quick practice puppet right afterwards.…"
What great info, and much appreciated! Your advice and tips probably saved me at least several months practice, especially things youve learned in the process (make a quick sketch first, acting out motions and resting between takes) Im…"
"I have animated with bare wire armatures before, but I must say I found it difficult to see what I was doing, having some flesh on the bones so to speak makes a world of difference as far as I'm concerned, but in the beginning you may be too…"
"Personally I think it's a good idea to start by making some simple practice puppets and then practice animating them as well. Use it to perfect your techniques for puppet making as well as animation, because each time you make one and then use…"
I think you can get some good movement with a simple wire armature. The wire armatures will last for plenty of time with the risk of breakage increasing as it gets more 'mileage'. The breaking, however, can really kill…"
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