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Anybody have the DVD "How To Build Minature Sets for Stop Motion"?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Dec 20, 2012. 5 Replies

I was wondering if anybody had the DVD "How To Build Minature Sets for Stop Motion". At just $28 for the download I thought it might be a useful gift to myself.Seems like there are some descent…Continue

Tags: set, Minature

Fon Davis Miniature Maker Interview on YouTube

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Cole Dec 7, 2012. 2 Replies

This a great interview showing some miniatures Fon Davis has worked on. The interview is part of a new series called "Make: Believe" and it is about the people who bring fantasy to life with…Continue

Tags: Miniature, Davis, Fon

Question on Face Replacement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Copeland Feb 20, 2013. 7 Replies

I have a small question about the face replacement technique similiar to what was used in Coraline. The face was split below the eyes and there is a very visible seam. Was this line cleaned up in…Continue

 

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Steve Copeland commented on Dawn Brown's video
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House of Monsters Behind the Scenes: Building Sets

"Thanks for the idea of mixing the two clays. I have mixed to get different colors but never to change properties. I am not sure I have even seen Ultra Light. Is that what you used for the wood beams and for the table in the "props video"?…"
Aug 20
Steve Copeland replied to Steven Topham's discussion Advanced tie down methods
"Thanks Nick, that is a super great reply. Much needed information in a clear response. I too have wondered different reasons for different types. "
Aug 19
Steve Copeland commented on Dawn Brown's video
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House of Monsters Behind the Scenes: Building Sets

"That set looked very professional. Won't the sculpey street tiles crack when you drill for tie-downs? I suppose you have extras that you can replace them with and probably easier than filing holes. Really amazing detail and character in the…"
Aug 19
Steve Copeland replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion 3d Print Armatures
"I reprinted my sandwich plates making them half the thickness so they flex more. It is working and I shot a few frames with it but it is still way to loose and I am sure it is because of the horrible sanding job I did on the ball. It was nice to…"
Jun 25
Steve Copeland replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Sorry Strider I should have posted a link. Taylor says that the balls are about 1/4 inch in his puppets. My printer cost me $1999 and a roll of filament costs $48, each ball joint with plates, I print comes to about 2 cents worth of material. My…"
Jun 20
Steve Copeland commented on Austin Taylor's photo
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Robot just needs fingers

"The ball I printed is about 5mm and the t-rex head is only 2 inches long. It was just such a cool model I wanted to try and make it move. I have great resolution at 100 microns but the ball at that size is just so rough. I agree larger scale would…"
Jun 20
Steve Copeland replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Austin Taylor printed his puppets with joints and animated them. I am trying to do some tests but so far all have failed. Mostly because I can't get he plastic smooth enough for fluid motion but I could see somebody with a better skillset than…"
Jun 19
Steve Copeland commented on Austin Taylor's photo
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Robot just needs fingers

"This is exactly what I have been trying to do over the past few weeks since I got my 3D printer. I have been testing a small ball and socket inside of a T-rex skull. However I am using PLA and can't  get the ball as smooth as needed. Th…"
Jun 18
Steve Copeland commented on Grace Diggens's photo
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Replacement Face - Material Comparison

"Thanks for posting this. I went over to your blog to get the rest of the story. It was a good read."
Mar 1, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Strider's discussion Frankenweenie Pistachio commercial
"I had not seen that yet. Thanks for posting. I'm cool with it and would much rather see Victor and Sparky then some of the other celebs they have for these commercials. Also Frankenstyle works much better than Weenie style."
Feb 22, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Steve Copeland's discussion Question on Face Replacement
"Oh noooo. I was a little upset that the computer was used to remove the lines on Caroline and then again on Paranorman but I just found out today that it was also used to remove the facial seams on The Pirates: Band of Misfits."
Feb 20, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Strider's discussion Let's be frank about Frankenweenie
"I think the two projectors was meant to imply Victors film is in 3D. I'll watch it again but I think they all had glasses on. One thing I was happy to see is how they fixed the tones on the red white and blue banners by using yellow for red. I…"
Jan 17, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Strider's discussion Let's be frank about Frankenweenie
"Strider what did you think about the extras on the disk? I liked the one long behind the scene episode and the Sparky short episode. I also liked the statement that getting 2 seconds of film by an animator was a good day and that there were 30…"
Jan 16, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Anthony Scott's discussion 3 Stop Motion movies nominated for 2013 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film
"Some facts: Tim Burton has never won an Oscar. In 2010 both Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox were nominated for Oscars and lost to Up. In 2006 Corpse Bride was nominated as Best Animated Feature but lost to Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were…"
Jan 14, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Anthony Scott's discussion 3 Stop Motion movies nominated for 2013 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film
"I did not see Wreck It Ralph and it is pretty popular on Rotten Tomatoes with critics and fans alike. I have watched the BluRay discs of Paranorman 6 times and Frankenweenie twice now. I love both movies for different reasons. So I would have to…"
Jan 11, 2013
Steve Copeland replied to Mikey Pounds's discussion Is there a common scale people usually work with?
"I am glad this discussion is going on. I have begun sketch doodling the sets for my first film. With limited room and money I am trying to find ways to cheat the perspective and when I can use mini sets or forced perspective for large areas. My…"
Jan 7, 2013

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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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Adobe Premiere/Effects animating a matte for rig removal

Started by Annie Wong in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Scottie D. yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi! I was wondering if anyone could tell me or point me in the direction of a tutorial for animating a matte for rig removal in Adobe Premiere or After Effects? Here's a quickie little test I did of my puppet just to dip my feet into how his rig…Continue

Tags: adobe, removal, rig

Making silicone puppet

Started by Hani in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 17 Replies

Hi everyoneI'm working on a puppet of a girl, and I want to use silicone for the skin. I tried to make it of Dragon Skin 10 but the result goes too smooth and looks very doll like - as in the picture here:…Continue

Lighting question for all you's guys

Started by Don Carlson in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 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 the animator who is going to use it. So far, there…Continue

Tags: clay

LIGHTING!

Started by Becky Weston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Jack Liddon on Tuesday. 13 Replies

Hello fellow stop motion-ers!I have managed to teach myself enough to make a few stop motions, but I still don't quite understand what type of lighting/bulbs to use to prevent the subtle flickering throughout an animation? I want to be able to…Continue

Tags: flicker, no, cheap, lighting

DIY moco rig

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 4 Replies

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14 year old wants a stop motion camera

Started by Amanda in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by gustavo arteaga on Monday. 14 Replies

My son is almost 14 years old.  He has done some stop motion on his 3Ds with his lego figures, although there is no sound.  He is asking for a real stop motion camera for Christmas. I don't even know where to begin.  He doesn't have his own personal…Continue

Tags: first, stop-motion, Christmas, camera, teen

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