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silicone on hair and costumes

Started Dec 30, 2016 0 Replies

Has anyone experience of using silicone on hair and costumes, like they did for KUBO? Any tips? Anyone from LAIKA able to share your technique?I tried brushing some coloured Platsil gel 10 onto some…Continue

First test for DIY moco rig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Sep 30, 2016. 16 Replies

At long last I have finally got my moco rig working, thanks to a busy weekend with Roos Mattaar. It's a 6 axis rig with a crane arm and a 1.5m track. Connecting everything up has been quite a…Continue

DSLR picture settings for stopmo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jul 5, 2016. 4 Replies

What picture settings do you use for stopmo? By this I mean the adjustments that can be made in the camera's menu, for Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Colour. Filmmakers all seem to have their…Continue

Site validation certificate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jun 22, 2016. 3 Replies

My virus checker throws up a warning about not being able to validate the site's certificate. It says it comes from *.ning.com, which looks a bit odd to me.The checker says that hackers may be…Continue

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Tim Ryan's discussion Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...
"I don't measure it at all, just chuck in enough to thin the silicone down to what I need. It evaporates pretty quickly, so you may find you need to add a bit more to get it to flow. I imagine the amounts will be pretty similar for the 2 types,…"
Feb 15
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Tim Ryan's discussion Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...
"Got it. The foam colour is affecting the surface colour, so your silicone is fairly translucent. So you will have to do some clever surface colouring if they come out a bit different. It is one of those things that's just awkward. But mixing…"
Feb 14
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Tim Ryan's discussion Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...
"What I do is mix up some silicone with maximum retarder and then thin it with lighter fluid, then add colour to paint. You don't need to make up a big quantity, in fact  it's best to keep to very small batches in case it starts to…"
Feb 14
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Tim Ryan's discussion Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...
"I have seen people recommending both, but mostly to add to part B. The point about adding enough to do the whole job is to get consistency of colour, and so the colour should be affected the same when adding the other part in proportion. Probably…"
Feb 14
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Tim Ryan's discussion Attaching separite pieces to complex silicone model...
"Hi Tim Plathix is compatible with Gel 25. You can even mix Gel 00, 10 and 25 if you wish to get a different consistency. I think I would recast one of the pieces, as the colour difference is quite marked. If you don't, you will need to apply…"
Feb 14
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"Coating the MDF in anything impervious is a good plan. It should be fine. If you do change to plywood, I would recommend birch ply as it is very consistent. Marine ply can be good, but there is also some rubbishy stuff around, and the lamination are…"
Feb 12
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"Your description of making the wheels sounds awesome. I have used scooter wheels with the rubber machined off, so just the bare metal rims. The problem I found when I was using skateboard wheels was that they developed a flat area when the dolly was…"
Feb 12
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"Hi Julian. Very neat bearing blocks, a good solution. I did notice you were using MDF. Not a fan of it, as it absorbs water and sags quite readily. Probably ok in the doubled thickness you are using. One way to stiffen it up a bit would be to coat…"
Feb 11
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"Thanks for the detailed reply. You are right that most of the backlash is down to the gearboxes on the steppers. I went for these initially because I read a thread where someone had used them. So now swapping out with high torque ungeared motors. I…"
Feb 11
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Iulian Demetrescu's discussion Dollie and crane rig with 5 degrees of freedom
"It looks really good, clearly the product of much thought (mine has been the product of much experimenting, then a bit of thought!) The axes that seem to be most problematical are crane and rotation. It looks like you are using a belt for the crane.…"
Feb 10
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Bram Vrancken's discussion non-digital wool mouths?
"The English for the process you describe is "felting"."
Feb 10
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Cadmus Rimbaud's discussion Camera good for stop mo and live action
"Shutter count applies particularly to Darren's question, as it look like he might get a secondhand camera. Anything that has done 30k to 60k shutter actuations had probably been used professionally, i.e. hard. A shutter count of around 7k,…"
Feb 9
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Cadmus Rimbaud's discussion Camera good for stop mo and live action
"A couple more things to consider. The 7d is a metal-body camera designed for long hard professional use, so it is reckoned that it will reach something like 200,000 shutter operations before failing. The Rebel T3i or similar is a plastic-body entry…"
Feb 8
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Cadmus Rimbaud's discussion Camera good for stop mo and live action
"Hi Cadmus. There are quite a few cameras that fit the bill. But first, autofocus is not necessarily a good thing when shooting movies. You may want to maintain focus on the foreground while panning, and autofocus will try to find the thing you are…"
Feb 5
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Atalissa Harrah's discussion I'm stumped for voices
"Must be an actors' or filmmakers group near you, or even someone you know who has the right voice for it. Then all you have to do is get them and a decent recorder/mic together...."
Feb 4
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Kim Pelayo's discussion Puppet Size
"I'm sure there was another thread about exactly this recently. I think it depends on how anatomically correct you want to make your puppets. With properly scaled heads, I think they can look weird, as in falling into the uncanny valley. See the…"
Feb 1

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At 8:17am on January 5, 2015, Nat said…

Hey, how is your project coming along?

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