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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Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?

Started by krullthewarriorking in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by krullthewarriorking 1 hour ago. 9 Replies

Hello all!I'm brand new to the community, and am pretty inexperienced with stop motion too, mostly just Lego movies here and there.  But I have been doing some research about lenses, and I have read a TON of the lens threads here over the last few…Continue

Tags: 55mm, diopter, 28mm, brickfilm, depth of field

Help me build a new animation PC!! :)

Started by Darren Nemeth in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

Hello, all,I am going to be animating using a DSLR with 'live view' and my 2006 PC probably will not cut the mustard. Can anyone here help me build a new PC from the ground up? What type of hardware will I need?  What parts are essential to…Continue

"Will O' The Wisp" Production Bumper + Short Film (2014)

Started by Mike in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Ben Tobin 2 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hello Everyone :) I've been posting some random W.I.P. photos and little test videos over the past year or so, but I recently discovered there's a "your project" section here in the forum. So this is a thread for my ongoing project, "Will O' The…Continue

Tags: wip, commercial, bumper, film, short

sticky latex

Started by fatih in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 3 hours ago. 11 Replies

the hands of my puppet became sticky a couple of months later. how can I prevent this situation? why did it become sticky I'm in need of a solution about this?Continue

Substitution for Naphtha for painting Silicone?

Started by Dawn Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 3 hours ago. 15 Replies

Hi gang,I have often read that Naphtha is used to thin tinted silicone so you can paint with it, or even push it through an airbrush.I want to paint silicone with an airbrush, but Naphtha is not readily available in my area. Can I use Mineral…Continue

Tags: silicone, painting, naphtha

Hyrdocal vs Ultracal vs Resin

Started by Mike in CASTING. Last reply by Mike 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hey there folks,Quick (maybe) question... So I've been unsuccessful finding any local supplier of Ultracal-30. Any SFX people I know order it online and pay an arm and leg for shipping because they operate out of shops that can afford that. Total…Continue

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