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Help me with the numbers on facial expressions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Copeland on Monday. 4 Replies

I was watching the DVD extras on Paranorman and the following numbers were mentioned for possibilities for facial expressions.Replacement animation used 80 faces for 800 expressions. I am not sure…Continue

My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Copeland May 11. 18 Replies

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and I made my first stop motion by gently releasing the lens while hitting the preview button and that removed the flicker from my stop motion shots. It did play havoc…Continue

Tags: fotodiox, flicker, Canon

Remove Quicktime for Windows Users

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Copeland May 10, 2016. 8 Replies

I just got this email from my IT department and I also came across the same information last night while looking for a Quicktime converter so I am helping spread the word.Quicktime is a seldom…Continue

Tags: Quicktime

Sticky Wax for Eyes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Copeland Apr 2, 2016. 10 Replies

My puppet has a super sculpey head and plastic eyes. I am looking for a wax that I can put in the eye socket that will hold the eye in place but I will still be able to animate the eyes. Currently I…Continue

Tags: eyes

 

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Steve Copeland replied to Steve Copeland's discussion Help me with the numbers on facial expressions
"I still can't get my head wrapped around that many options. I know i did see on one production that the faces had barcodes so they could be scanned to help with inventory. I have no interest in making replacement faces myself. I was explaining…"
Monday
StopmoNick replied to Steve Copeland's discussion Help me with the numbers on facial expressions
"No, all the photos above the caption were of the one character, Coraline, so it appears they were saying that the character Coraline had more than 200,000 expressions - just her.  All the puppets in the film must have had many more if…"
Monday
Steve Copeland replied to Anthony Scott's discussion STOPMO JAM 2
"Dave, That is a nice looking suit. Even looks like the tie is not a clip on."
Jul 14
Steve Copeland replied to Anthony Scott's discussion STOPMO JAM 2
"I got my puppet sculpted and I am casting the parts in resin. He is a skeleton that I will join the bones together with wire. So far so good but this is the only thing I have accomplished. Only 35 days until the deadline."
Jul 11
Steve Copeland replied to Steve Copeland's discussion Help me with the numbers on facial expressions
"Thanks Nick for digging into this. So it sounds like the 250,000 for Coraline was all the faces for all the puppets which included duplicates of main characters. It would be cool to have more specifics. I would have to think the majority of the…"
Jul 11
StopmoNick replied to Steve Copeland's discussion Help me with the numbers on facial expressions
"With top and bottom face pieces, you can get a lot of possible combinations, but 250,000 does sound like a huge figure to me too.  Just checking my books on Coraline and ParaNorman. Coraline, A Visual Companion:  Caption for a photo of 9…"
Jul 10
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Help me with the numbers on facial expressions

I was watching the DVD extras on Paranorman and the following numbers were mentioned for possibilities for facial expressions.Replacement animation used 80 faces for 800 expressions. I am not sure where the 800 comes in. Didn't Jack Skelington have only 80 heads?Then it is mentioned that Coraline had 250,000 facial expressions. How is that possible with only a top and a bottom plate. Maybe it means all the puppets?Finally it is mentioned that Paranorman had 300 puppets with a total of 40,000…See More
Jul 10
Steve Copeland replied to Anthony Scott's discussion STOPMO JAM 2
"Since I am the king of all procrastinators I have to say I am excited for the extension."
May 24
Steve Copeland replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"I understand that issue Simon. Something I build looks great until I put my glasses on."
May 11
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"It's a bit off topic, but I was at the BBC when the first demonstration of HD took place in the UK, at Television Centre. It completely terrified everyone working in the art depts, as all the tromp l'oeil trickery and dodgy edges we had…"
May 10
StopmoNick replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Doesn't go into much detail, just that they use Canon bodies and Nikon lenses.  No specific focal lengths mentioned.  One interesting point was that they thought the Zeiss lenses were too sharp, showed too much detail to be…"
May 9
Daniel Wernëck replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Here's another video, on the cameras & lenses used by Aardman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDBSbnA6ELQ"
May 9
StopmoNick replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"I just looked at that video on lenses that Simon posted, and mostly I agree.   For the very small Lego figures, you would like to get closer than 2 ft (600mm) for close-up shots. But 18" is ok for the bigger 12" puppets that I use.…"
May 8
Monica Broadley replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Hi Michael. As I understand it, the problem with electronically controlled lenses is that with each shot, the camera resets the aperture, so it (I think) closes it and then puts it back to the same setting, but the machine is imperfect so the…"
May 8
Michael Hulas replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Well Steve you and I are in the same boat. No one can be newer to this than me, I'm supossed to get my Canon Rebel T-5i tomorrow by UPS so i havn't even shot my first frame yet. But i think i'm going with the older FD lens's…"
May 8
Steve Copeland replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Yes Mike my adapter fits an old manual Canon Lens to my Eos Rebel. HOWEVER I am 100% a newbie and usually the guy they point at as the example of how not to do something. So I can't say if this is the way to go. But yes the availability and…"
May 8

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