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Question about replacement faces

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Jeschke Nov 29, 2012. 8 Replies

Hello! I have a question about replacement faces.My puppets must have a lot of facial expressions. So I'm thinking about replacement faces technique. Not the whole face but the upper and lower parts…Continue

Tags: help, technique, puppet, replacement, face

Help! Question about set cover and tie-down

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jul 25, 2013. 14 Replies

Hello there!Making my fist stop-motion movie and have some questions about technique. I wanna use tie-dows and wooden set to make puppets stay sturdy, but I don't quite understand how to put a cover…Continue

Tags: decoration, help, stage, cover, set

 

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StopmoNick replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"I use screws from above when I have to move the puppet so far back that I can't reach both the puppet, and the tiedown underneath the set.  When my neck is pressed hard against the front edge of the particle board floor, then it's…"
Jul 25, 2013
Ellie Mumford replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"Hmmm ok so it sounds like maybe I should avoid magnets... unfortunately my computer lives at one end of my animating desk, so I'm reluctant to use rare earth magnets in case they have a disastrous effect on my hard drive! Wallace Jones- the…"
Jul 25, 2013
Wallace Jones replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
" For some reason, the magnets attract better through wood than cardboard. Maybe this has something to do with the density, but I am not sure. I used a really strong standard magnet that was salvaged out of a old computer for the anchor magnet…"
Jul 25, 2013
crazy chris replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"i can say from experience...if they arent rare earth magnets they wont attract through even thin cardboard , let alone plywood! You will have to pony up for the real mccoy or else be dissapointed... however when using metal sheeting as a floor with…"
Jul 25, 2013
Ellie Mumford replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"I was just searching the forum for posts about tie-downs and I came across this old thread!  I'm about to embark on my first proper animation and was really unsure about what to do in terms of securing my puppets.  My main issue is…"
Jul 25, 2013
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"Wow! Looks great! What are they made of?"
Dec 2, 2012
Russell Jeschke replied to Swirro's discussion Question about replacement faces
"there is alot more on there blog too  "
Nov 29, 2012
Russell Jeschke replied to Swirro's discussion Question about replacement faces
"Hi, I just saw your blog and remembered how very inciteful this was to me.. have a look. These brothers do amazing stuff! http://joshua-flynn.blogspot.com/2011/04/puppet-head-sculpt-mail-man-part-iii.html"
Nov 29, 2012
Wallace Jones replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"If you are using the first magnetic technique that I described the wire won't bend every time the foot rises because the second magnet underneath the table is removed. There is no magnetic force acting on the magnet in the foot at that point so…"
Nov 28, 2012
Swirro replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"Magnets seem to me be much easier technique to work with. My puppets is about 11 inches high with simple wire armature inside.   So, if  there will be magnets in its feet, then won 't the wire bend spontaneously every time foot…"
Nov 28, 2012
Swirro replied to Swirro's discussion Question about replacement faces
"Thanks for answers! Actually, I'm planning to use papier-mâché for both the head and face parts. Thus, the head will be something about 2 inches high (for 11  inches wire armature puppet) and weightless nevertheless! Would…"
Nov 28, 2012
StopmoNick replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"I pre-drill, in theory! Now and then, I need a hole where I didn't expect to, and have to drill one in the middle of the animation. The puppet has to be bent out of the way, and the hole drilled. Then I use a hand- held vac to clean up the…"
Nov 27, 2012
Steve Copeland replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"Nice answer Stopmonick and I am glad you posted the tutorial Strider. I have seen your video on Tie downs and the text tutorial helps fill in the blanks. I learned two major things. 1. Pre-Drill. I often wondered how you could get a hole drilled…"
Nov 27, 2012
Dave Hettmer replied to Swirro's discussion Question about replacement faces
"I've made replacement faces using magnets.  ( http://www.hettmerfx.com/stopmo_pirate.html )This also used replacement parts that stuck to the replacement face using Vaseline (eyelids, pupils). For those starting out in Replacement Face…"
Nov 27, 2012
Wallace Jones replied to Swirro's discussion Help! Question about set cover and tie-down
"Due to said problems with traditional tie-downs, I have started using magnets. I am sure there are better ways to do this, but I use magnets salvaged from old computers. They are strong, but not strong enough to fly across the room like some rare…"
Nov 27, 2012
MartindeMadrid replied to Swirro's discussion Question about replacement faces
"Swirro, I am NOT really knowledgable in this, so take what I say with a large dose of salt, but I would imagine if you wore latex or nitrile gloves, it would help keep the clay clean longer. I have heard of two ways of attaching features to…"
Nov 27, 2012

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Dragonframe Live View looks like thermal camera!

Started by Christopher Olsen in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Christopher Olsen 52 minutes ago. 5 Replies

Anybody have any idea why my live view screen looks like this? It is like the camera only wants to show a single color channel in live view. The actual capture looks fine...but if I have to animate using this crappy looking single-channel pass that…Continue

Fitting components inside a slush cast head

Started by Anthony Leigh in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Anthony Leigh 10 hours ago. 6 Replies

I have three heads which I are going to have moulds made of them, and then are going to be slush cast. I want to put little wooden blocks inside the head with holes for the eyes to sit in, wire and epoxy for the nose and epoxy putty teeth with a…Continue

Tags: slush, head, cast, mould, latex

Now Taking Commissions...

Started by Paul O'Brien in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING 20 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi All!After a few long months of clearing some freelance work I am now finally in the position to fit in some commissioned stop-motion work. I have space available to produce puppets of all kinds. A full service can be offered from character design…Continue

Tags: services, armatures, animation, puppets

Puppet casting in flexible polyurethane

Started by Jack Spiggle in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by StopmoNick 20 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hey guys, Im new here and this is my first post so be gentle =3. Im looking to do a simple, 1-3 min (roughly) stop motion "exercise" just to see what I can do. I've made the storyboard, am attempting an anamatic and I am almost ready to start making…Continue

Tags: silicone, polyurethane, flexible, puppets, Casting

Making silicone puppet

Started by Hani in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 20 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!

Started by Becky Weston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 16 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

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