Sean O'Hara
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Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jan 5. 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

Where do you get your supplies?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean O'Hara Sep 19, 2012. 6 Replies

As the title says - I'm curious where everyone buys their supplies.I'm finding that the deeper I try to dive into stop motion and puppet making, the required item lists become more and more specific…Continue

Barbie's Having a Bad Day: The Car Wash

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean O'Hara Aug 2, 2013. 9 Replies

Wow, I'm forced to take a little time off and, when I return, everything is completely changed.  I won't be making that mistake again. Some familiar faces/ names, a lot of new ones, and a…Continue

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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
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
StopmoNick replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)
"Sometimes I've made a temporary soft mould of alginate from a hard original object, poured melted plasticine into that, then cleaned up the plasticine cast and made a plaster mould from that. (Alginate is a powder, made from seaweed, that mixes…"
Jan 3
Sean O'Hara posted a discussion

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

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 I don't want to lose my fan base, Barbie dolls aren't articulated or sturdy enough to show my full talent.I've dismantled many figures and recreated their limbs with twisted wire and foam, but that only works when they're wearing long sleeves and pants (something Barbie rarely does).What I need is a…See More
Jan 3
Sean O'Hara posted a video

Barbie's Having a Bad Day: A Thriller Parody for Halloween - A Stop Motion animation by Shakycow

Not everything is rose tinted for the pink loving superstar, sometimes she simply has a bad day while doing ordinary things. Stay tuned for her continued mis...
Oct 30, 2013
Sean O'Hara commented on Chris Diaz's event 2013 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival
"I have to agree. Amazing fun watching the film, hearing the q&a, and the chance to speak to both after the film was simple immeasurable. Definitely can't wait to see more tomorrow and the rest of the festival."
Oct 18, 2013
Sean O'Hara commented on Chris Diaz's event 2013 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival
"Looks like it's going to be an amazing time and I'm incredibly excited to be going and meeting everyone. If anyone would like to carpool or split a room, I'm planning to drive up (from NY) on Friday and head back home after the…"
Oct 8, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Mastermind Films's discussion Substitute for Tie downs? Any?
"If the table is thick and you can't move your set to something either thinner or (preferably) that you can drill through, your best option would be to use a sturdy rig of some sort."
Aug 22, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Mastermind Films's discussion Substitute for Tie downs? Any?
"It doesn't matter as much the diameter of your puppet, but how much it weighs, how tall it is, and how much stress will be held by the feet. I would recommend Crazy Glue or something similar as hot glue is bound to pop at the most inconvenient…"
Aug 22, 2013
Sean O'Hara commented on Dieter Wagner's video
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"Nice work and it matches perfectly the RC style you were trying to emulate. One question I have though, and I apologize since it's not animation based, is where you bought/ how you made the puppet. I'm guessing the mouth shapes are…"
Aug 15, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Andrew C's discussion Skeleton Puppet
"Here's a closer shot of one of my skeleton's hands. The humerus 'bone' is actually a small aluminum tube (then coated with sculpey iii and baked) used to connect the larger wires of the body to the ones I used in the…"
Aug 8, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Andrew C's discussion Skeleton Puppet
"You look like you're off to a good start, but I would tighten the legs to about the same as the rest of the figure. Which method are you going to use for feet/ tiedowns? I've attempted to connect the wire to nuts using epoxy putty in the…"
Aug 6, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Barbie's Having a Bad Day: The Car Wash
"No summer would be complete without a few visits to the beach... "
Aug 2, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Trey Haynes's discussion Best Articulated figures for stop motion?
"With the number of views they are achieving on Youtube, it's likely a full time job for them. "
Aug 1, 2013
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Thoughts on what materials to use?
"I used to make prosthetic pieces for television using gelatine. We used silicone rubber moulds, and the trick with getting the gelatine to last is not to add water, just glycerine and/or sorbitol.  Use approximately equal volumes of gelatine…"
Jul 26, 2013
Don Carlson replied to Sean O'Hara's discussion Thoughts on what materials to use?
"One more... As you can see, there is some transparency in the vinyl glove. "
Jul 23, 2013

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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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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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Camera Count

Started by Michael in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Jack Liddon 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi to everybody, this is my first post here.I am looking to purchase a used Canon 40D to be used with Dragonframe.  I keep seeing people on ebay asking what is the camera count.  Since I would be using a frame grabber, is the count something I…Continue

Stop Motion Camera Slider Rig

Started by Christopher Olsen in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Jack Liddon 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hey guys, thought I would share the stop motion camera rig I built for a film I'm working on right now.The rig is fairly simple in design, it's just two aluminum rails from IKEA that I bolted to two pieces of masonite laminated together for…Continue

how do you animate doll eyes with no hole?

Started by Dawn Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Christopher Olsen 10 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi guys,I have a question that no doubt many have run into before. I want to use doll eyes in my stop-mo puppets. The doll eyes come with a stem in the back, that's easy  to grind off so now they are round. But how do you animate them without…Continue

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First Snow on crowdfunding portal!

Started by Karolina Čížková in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Karolina Čížková 15 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hi stop-motion lovers! Stop motion film First Snow from Czech Republic is on crowdfunding compaign - on Hithit.com!Here is the link:https://www.hithit.com/en/project/339/prvni-snihTHANK…Continue

Tags: czech, republic, tradicional, snow, first

Camera Shake Problem

Started by Haruko Napochka in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Haruko Napochka yesterday. 8 Replies

Hello, everyone! My name is Haruko Napochka, and I am totally newbie here. Mostly, I've been making/learning cut-out, but thanks to your web site, I've started experimenting wire armatures and tie downs with my paper marionettes.Today, I've just…Continue

Tags: multi, plane, problem, basic, camera

Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits

Started by Strider in STOP MOTION ON VIDEO. Last reply by Philmation on Saturday. 7 Replies

Just saw the premiere tonight, and was amazed to see stopmotion in the credits. Oh, some weird sexual stuff going on, mostly between skeletons - just a heads up. Continue

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