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Animation Workflow

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Apr 24. 7 Replies

Hey Guys!I’m looking for some workflow tips when it comes to planning and executing a shot. Coming from CG it’s extremely easy to shoot reference, block in key poses and adjust those poses to get the…Continue

Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Feb 27, 2018. 5 Replies

Hey guys!I was wondering if anyone had any experience using the products from Berkey Systems for rigging on their stop motion sets?I really like how these products look but was wondering if anyone…Continue

Stop Motion Light Setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Sep 5, 2017. 6 Replies

Hey Guys!I'm looking to build a light kit for my home studio and I have done quite a bit of research but now I am to the point where I want to buy something by the end of the week.What are some of…Continue

Modeling Faces for 3D Printing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heinzeroth Nov 19, 2016. 1 Reply

Hey Guys!So I have a quick question and need some direction...I am in the process of teaching myself Maya and wanted to know if there are any tutorials out there that cover creating face sets for the…Continue

 

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StopmoNick replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"I usually go straight ahead and by feel, and it takes however many frames it takes.  So I take the time I need to get into the poses.  I ease into a hold and shoot 2 frames the same, then ease out into the next action - I can easily add…"
Apr 24
Adam Taylor replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"It is often helpful at first to work on just the core body of the character until you have a handle on that, then add the legs on the next pass, then arms on the next until you are comfortable doing all of it together.  The more practice and…"
Apr 23
Kevin Stratton replied to Tim Allen's discussion 5 Day Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Tim Allen in London
"This sounds awesome Tim! Do you plan on doing more of these workshops in the future!?"
Apr 20
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"You can also take a movie of someone doing the action and use that as the line-up layer to get timings. Nick Park does that for all his shots apparently!"
Apr 20
Evan DeRushie replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"Yeah look up "virtual holds" or "holds" in the Dragonframe manual. You shoot one frame, and hold it for multiple frames on the x-sheet. You can change the timing of the hold, like an editing program, so you can time out your…"
Apr 19
Kevin Stratton replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"So the issue I’m having is after I do my block, the next shot I attempt on twos is very fast and often times muddled because not enough time to clearly showcase the poses. You talked about shooting virtual holds for timing purposes? Can you…"
Apr 19
Brandon Ayers replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"Yes, go through the reference footage and find some key / extreme poses. The X-Sheet, which I've never used a traditional one, is exactly used to plan and help you remember what happens when. Put notes that help you. Like, Arm Fully Extended on…"
Apr 19
Evan DeRushie replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Animation Workflow
"For my own process, I shoot a blocking pass first, then the real shot mostly on 2s, with some action on ones if needed. The process of block, rehearsal, 1s animation is in use (I believe) by Laika and other big studios- but this is for feature level…"
Apr 19
Kevin Stratton posted a discussion

Animation Workflow

Hey Guys!I’m looking for some workflow tips when it comes to planning and executing a shot. Coming from CG it’s extremely easy to shoot reference, block in key poses and adjust those poses to get the timing you want. With that said what’s the best way to go about planning and executing a stop motion shot?I know bigger studios will do a blocking pass on 4s or 6s, then maybe a rehearsal on 2s then get down to the nitty gritty on 1s. After shooting reference footage, should I go through the…See More
Apr 18
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems
"Looks like great gear, at a great price. I suppose if one does not mind using 15mm rods as opposed to the 6mm in Berkey's system, the clamps etc sold for camera rigs might do the job as well. There are a lot of Chinese versions on eBay at…"
Feb 27, 2018
Bristolius replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems
"I worked on commercials in the 1990s with Brian Berkey. These were so-called table top live action shoots like food photography and other product type shots. Keep in mind that the Berkey system is for quick small scale rigging prob!ems. Hobbyists…"
Feb 26, 2018
Adam Taylor replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems
"These are some of the parts that Laika uses. They customize everything there, but this seems to be the foundation for many rigs."
Feb 24, 2018
Kevin Stratton replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems
"Yea this stuff looks AMAZING! Laika is using it in some of the pictures I found. That’s what got me interested. I saw they were rigging puppets in the air using these sturdy rods and blocks and then ball and socket rigging arms from those. I…"
Feb 23, 2018
Bristolius replied to Kevin Stratton's discussion Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems
"I've seen Brian Berkey use his system on dozens of commercials. It's more rigid and solid than ordinary grip equipment like c-stands. I've never seen it animated though. I've heard that he's sold a lot to Lanka. Maybe…"
Feb 23, 2018
Kevin Stratton posted a discussion

Professional Production Rigging with Berkey Systems

Hey guys!I was wondering if anyone had any experience using the products from Berkey Systems for rigging on their stop motion sets?I really like how these products look but was wondering if anyone has used them? Whether using C-stands or overhanging stands, trying to use a ball and socket rig to cover a long distance causes the rig to bounce and take forever to settle before taking a photo. These blocks and tubes seem like they would be a lot sturdier to rig from. Bottom video shows a stop…See More
Feb 23, 2018
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The set and Camera

"Great looking set! What did you make the rock out of?"
Feb 3, 2018

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