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Don Carlson's Discussions

"That White Stuff On Rocks"

Started Apr 25 0 Replies

Hiya folks,  While clay sales are slow, I've been easing back into animating, bringing back the old sick and twisted style I was known for a few years ago (just because it's fun).  To kick things…Continue

Tags: animation, clay, motion, stop, Carlson

Clay animated short: Hulk, Spider Man, and Superman vs Gumball machine

Started Feb 4 0 Replies

Hi folks,  My friend and loyal customer Martin Gutierrez Beheran animated this short using Puppet Putty to create all the characters. He says this is his second film, but his first time doing a…Continue

Tags: animator, Carlson, Don

Amazing Mini-Fig stop motion

Started Dec 7, 2016 0 Replies

This is exactly the kind of aesthetic I've always hoped to see in Lego-style animation. Look how SMOOTH it is! After studying it frame by frame, it is apparent that this is not 30fps on a mix of ones…Continue

Tags: motion, stop, Mingle, Monsieur

Water droplets/ice effects using boiled isomalt, salt, water, and olive oil

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Dec 7, 2016. 2 Replies

Not sure if ants or small…Continue

 

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Don Carlson commented on Hadrien Besse's video
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HOLD THE LINES : OPERATION COBRA Official Trailer HD

"Looks great! I especially like the inside joke where the bad guy is a line of toys made by a competitor of Lego."
Jun 6
Don Carlson replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion Stopmotion Pricing
"Didn't mean to get too off topic, but just wanted to show what you can do on a low budget. That tub cost me $5. A cyclorama for professional photography can cost between $100 and $300. The lower your overhead, the less you have to charge your…"
Jun 2
Don Carlson replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion Stopmotion Pricing
Jun 2
Don Carlson replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion Stopmotion Pricing
Jun 2
Don Carlson replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion Stopmotion Pricing
"Edit: You may have to modify these tubs somewhat with a box cutter."
Jun 2
Don Carlson replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion Stopmotion Pricing
"Hi VanillaGorilla, Depending on how big your set is, you have several options, and all of them inexpensive, with the same result.The first you might consider is a white plastic tub with rounded corners. These are available in home furnishing…"
Jun 1
Don Carlson replied to HanaChoi's discussion What kind of clay would you recommend for making clay anime?
"Thanks for the shout out, Iulian! Puppet Putty needs to be slightly warm to bend, but just touching it for a few seconds will do that. It is very responsive to the warmth of your hands, warm lighting, and any heat source in your room or…"
May 31
Don Carlson replied to pritam das's discussion regarding planning steps and fps
"If you have pre-recorded audio (music, sound effects, or dialog), that is another reason to use an X-sheet. It makes it possible to know what the animation needs to sync with in the soundtrack on a given frame number. Most of the time, the sound is…"
May 31
Don Carlson replied to pritam das's discussion regarding planning steps and fps
"There is no set rule about how many frames to end a movement with, you just want it to be able to read (give the audience time to see what happened before and after a big move or change of pose).Shooting in two's just means that you take two…"
May 31
Don Carlson replied to pritam das's discussion regarding planning steps and fps
"The end of the punch would be completed in less than 15 frames, but most of it is in the anticipation. At 15 FPS which is technically shooting on two's if you consider the full frame rate of 30 FPS,  you would do the wind-up which might be…"
May 31
Don Carlson commented on Srj's video
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Clay stopmotion exercise, a first try.

"Good stuff! This is how animators become great. They practice a lot, and keep it simple."
May 3
Don Carlson replied to mason King's discussion HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
"I'm getting a lot out of 30 FPS on two's. There are countless videos on Youtube that you can study at that rate, so it's great for understanding how to time things out.  The main concern used to be that you couldn't get a…"
Apr 26
Don Carlson commented on Samuel Lowe-Anker's video
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Donald C. Trump Sets The Record Straight: A Donald Trump Claymation

"HAHAHAHA! "Bing bing bong" is the best quote from Donald Trump yet. Great animation, lighting... The whole shebang is studied."
Apr 26
Don Carlson posted a discussion

"That White Stuff On Rocks"

Hiya folks,  While clay sales are slow, I've been easing back into animating, bringing back the old sick and twisted style I was known for a few years ago (just because it's fun).  To kick things off, here is a re-creation of an animation that was lost on an old hard drive when it failed. There was a flicker problem in the beginning, but it went away after the first few frames. Monkey Jam was used for the animation, as there's some kind of conflict in the way Windows 10 uses the legacy…See More
Apr 25
Don Carlson replied to Harry Chaskin's discussion Stop Mo Seinfeld
"Really? I thought you were asking about the rest of it. Heh. Thought everyone knew about those clips. Well... Glad to bring them out of obscurity, then! :)When I'm not making clay, I collect obscure clips of clay animation from the…"
Apr 7
Don Carlson replied to Harry Chaskin's discussion Stop Mo Seinfeld
"Nice job, Harry!This is the clip you're thinking of:They were going to do it in Claymation and those are the only shots that have ever been seen according to Will Vinton (my teacher as NWFC in the 2012 Claymation class in Portland), so at least…"
Apr 6

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At 9:19am on June 25, 2012, Claym8r said…
Don,
I used to animate with a clay that is manufactured by Caran d' Ache . It doesn't come in as many colors as the Van Aken brands, its waxy texture holds up much better under hot lights, and it cleans up a lot easier because the dyes in the clay don't run as badly as the other brands .
At 10:09am on June 25, 2012, Don Carlson said…

I have not found Caran D'Ache clay in stores, but did see their other art supplies.

I do know how to modify Van Aken to get the properties you're looking for. Spent a year studying clay formulas and got it down pretty good. I'll send you a private message.

At 2:10pm on January 6, 2014, Robin Haefeli said…

Thank you! Yes it is a combination of latex and sculpy for the eyes.

At 1:21pm on February 12, 2015, Lemz Media said…

Hey Don, long time no chat. How's the business going?

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