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What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean O'Hara Sep 13. 5 Replies

I've recently been requested to build a relatively life-sized crane.Up until now, any rig I've built has been out of aluminum wire and K&S brass tubing, but I'm worried if that would be strong…Continue

Tags: rig, oversized

Showreel - looking for critique, comments, advice, etc.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolina Veirano May 1, 2015. 1 Reply

For the past few years I've been focusing more and more on building my YouTube page and I figured I was long overdue on making a showreel for myself.I'd love to hear any comments, critiques, thoughts…Continue

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Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jan 5, 2014. 3 Replies

For a little over a year now, I've been making short and fun Barbie videos on YouTube and I've grown a decent following. My problem is that I'm ready to move on and make better animations and, while…Continue

Thoughts on what materials to use?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jul 26, 2013. 11 Replies

I'm about to embark on a new, big project, but I've hit a wall on trying to figure out what something should/ could be made out of.The piece will largely be b&w and made out of clay with…Continue

 

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Sean O'Hara replied to Monica Broadley's discussion Budget home studio?
"I fully understand trying to avoid the multi-thousand dollar price tag, but where is your new goal? Under one thousand, under one hundred, etc? The cheapest way I've found to black out windows is via black plastic sheeting found at any hardware…"
Sep 25
Sean O'Hara replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?
"Thank you all for the ideas. Unfortunately the puppet will be mostly shown in it's entirety so there aren't any easy cheats or workarounds I can use. From the test builds I've been doing, I quickly realized that it will absolutely…"
Sep 13
Adam Taylor replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?
"Much much of the puppet is going to be shown?  I've seen Aardman do a lot of half built puppets because only the front is being photographed.  That would cut the weight down quite a bit.  Then you attach it to a c-stand or other…"
Sep 8
StopmoNick replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?
"I've made one puppet that size, a lifesized raptor-like dinosaur, and it needed support (a light stand) to take the weight.  So the leg joints did not have to be so stiff they could support the weight by themselves.  If they were,…"
Sep 3
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?
"Aluminium wire for sculpture is available in square section to big sizes, which might be useful, but probably using several strands of 3mm twisted together is fine."
Sep 2
Jasper Kuipers replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?
"Depending on the level of detail in the Animation that has to be done with it, I would still consider using wire. Just twist together a number of strands of aluminum wire According to the strength you need. If you want to use ball and socket you…"
Sep 2
Sean O'Hara posted a discussion

What type of armature when building a 3ft (about 1m) tall puppet?

I've recently been requested to build a relatively life-sized crane.Up until now, any rig I've built has been out of aluminum wire and K&S brass tubing, but I'm worried if that would be strong enough to fully hold something that could easily be over 3ft tall and weigh close to 5lbs (2.2kg).I have zero experience or knowledge regarding ball joint rigs, but would certainly be open to buying one...although budget is, as always, a concern.Any thoughts, ideas, or similar experiences? Thank you.See More
Aug 29
Carolina Veirano replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Showreel - looking for critique, comments, advice, etc.
"Funny stuff :)"
May 1, 2015
Sean O'Hara posted a discussion

Showreel - looking for critique, comments, advice, etc.

For the past few years I've been focusing more and more on building my YouTube page and I figured I was long overdue on making a showreel for myself.I'd love to hear any comments, critiques, thoughts or even simple observations you may have.Eventually, I'd love to move on from Barbie (her movement limitations are a constant hinderance), but, for now, it seems to be what my fan base wants.https://youtu.be/waulxf1jJugSee More
Apr 27, 2015
Sean O'Hara replied to Keith Mullin's discussion Film Festival Results
"Congratulations on your numerous awards. Looking forward to seeing the piece when it's available for show."
Apr 27, 2015
Sean O'Hara replied to Marnik's discussion COLD MEETS
"Very entertaining - loved the style and the humor was perfect."
Apr 27, 2015
Sean O'Hara commented on Sean O'Hara's video
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Barbie's Fifty Shades of Pink - a Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey

"It's great to be back animating and I thank you for your comment. I wouldn't say that I no longer care about pleasing my mainstream audience... especially since I recreated one of the most anticipated movies. I will say that, after taking…"
Nov 21, 2014
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Barbie's Fifty Shades of Pink - a Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey

"First things first: I can not believe that S&M has gone mainstream because of...of all things...a book. I mean, the Kama Sutra never made mainstream people want to go out and experience each other 50 different ways. At least, not on the mass…"
Nov 18, 2014
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Nov 17, 2014
StopmoNick replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)
"Sorry, that was my cheat, an intermediate mould and plasticine cast.  Not much of a cheat, since it is extra work.   Just wondering, would a Barbie body have enough flex in it to get it out of a hard mould, if the seam lines were well…"
Jan 5, 2014
Sean O'Hara replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)
"Hmm. Time to work on my sculpting abilities then. And here I was hoping there would be some secret cheat I could use....guess I should have known better. Many thanks."
Jan 4, 2014

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My puppets are method actors who prefer to improv

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 11:42pm 2 Comments

When I first began venturing into animation, I often read tales from professionals who would talk about how they're merely guides making suggestions and that their puppets live and breathe on their own... that, in essence, the animators were the puppets and the puppets were the ones in control.

For the longest time, I never understood that. I thought of puppets as inanimate objects being moved exactly as the animator saw fit.

That belief only grew as I became a computer…

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