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pooch proposal on kickstarter

Started Oct 11 0 Replies

Wes Wood of "Animation toolkit" has a kickstarter well under way for his film "Pooch proposal", I haven't seen him post anything on here (I might have missed it) so I thought I'd put up a link for…Continue

Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!

Started this discussion. Last reply by grecodan Oct 17. 10 Replies

So it turns out some of the crowd scenes in Boxtrolls are filled with CG characters, you can read more about it here -…Continue

model makers needed (london)

Started Apr 27 0 Replies

A company in London advertising for model makers, I don't know them myself but looks good so I thought I'd share…Continue

animation tips

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lewis Crabtree Apr 5. 3 Replies

An old colleague of mine has been writing a series of animation acting tips on the skwigly website.  He's had a lot of experience as professional stopmotion animator and now teaches at a top UK…Continue

 

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grecodan replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"Anyone in the Los Angeles area might be interested in this Box Trolls event: Book Signing"
Oct 17
Christopher Olsen replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"I had a very similar reaction to the replacement faces in Boxtrolls, there were times where it even took me completely out of the action because I was thinking "how did they let THAT slip by?" But I have a theory that they did it…"
Oct 17
grecodan replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"I agree. There were some shots where it was very obvious what was going on with the faces. Compared with the smoothness of the body animation, it was a bit jarring. Although I do think it was partially the design of the characters. Lord…"
Oct 14
Ethan Bartholomae replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"To be honest I felt like the replacement faces were more noticeable in The Boxtrolls than they were in Paranorman. Maybe that's just me? I was always impressed by how much effort they and other studios put into replacement faces, but despite…"
Oct 14
grecodan replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"I thought the scene was done the way Nick outlined, with puppets composited into layers. The fact that there are some CG characters is...I guess...okay. But then I'm another Fantastic Mr. Fox fan, so I'm biased anyway toward old-school…"
Oct 13
StopmoNick replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"I was planning a crowd scene with all puppets, but re-dressing the same ones and compositing them in layers.  That way I cold animate a manageable half-dozen or so at a time, and make 8 puppets look like 40.  But there were still limits to…"
Oct 11
Steve Boot posted a discussion

pooch proposal on kickstarter

Wes Wood of "Animation toolkit" has a kickstarter well under way for his film "Pooch proposal", I haven't seen him post anything on here (I might have missed it) so I thought I'd put up a link for him.  He's working hard on it and it looks like it should be good fun, you can find it here -https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/41328119/pooch-proposal-a-stop-motion-film-by-westley-woodPS…See More
Oct 11
Steve Boot replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"Yeah, I'm with you on that one Don!  If anyone ever asks me to make a room full of people dance like what they saw on Boxtrolls I won't feel to bad saying no can do. I think that's a good way of looking at it Ethan, they've…"
Oct 11
Don Carlson replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"It didn't bother me. If anything, it made me feel better that some of the crowd characters were CG. Watching that ballroom scene, I was like, "how am I ever going to do anything like that? I suck!" And then to hear "oh, those…"
Oct 10
Ethan Bartholomae replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"Crowd duplication is fairly common in any movie. It's far cheaper even in live action film to simply populate a city with CG models as opposed to hiring a thousand extras, or in the case of Boxtrolls making hundreds of handmade puppets. By this…"
Oct 9
Jack Liddon replied to Steve Boot's discussion Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!
"I thought the use of 3d in Frankenweenie was very well integrated. I didn't even think about it. As long as I'm not focusing on the 3d animation like a laser during the film, I'm ok with it. "
Oct 9
Steve Boot replied to Asya Lukin's discussion animation residency/studio
"Hey Asya, there was a really nicely made music video posted on here a while ago called "the devil went down to the holy land" and I noticed that it was made by an Isreali company.  They where called ZAZ…"
Oct 9
Steve Boot posted a discussion

Boxtrolls - its not all stopmotion!

So it turns out some of the crowd scenes in Boxtrolls are filled with CG characters, you can read more about it here -http://cinefex.com/blog/boxtrolls/I'm sure not everyone will be pleased about this, but I have to say I don't mind so much.  In fact its kind of a relief to know, I couldn't image how long it would take to do something like that ball room dance scene in stopmotion and what it would do to your head as an animator having to figure…See More
Oct 9
Steve Boot commented on StopmoNick's photo
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"I can't imagine there's many angles where it doesn't look like him!  The picture on the left is particularly good, the mouth detail and the teeth are amazing.  Will the characters be talking to each other in film? If so…"
Aug 8
Steve Boot commented on StopmoNick's photo
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"Wow he looks great. Its gotta be Neil Gaiman.  "
Aug 7
Steve Boot replied to Justin Connolly's discussion "Dance For Your Life, Puny Human" now online!
"Great Job.  I've had to animate characters dancing badly before and I reckon its harder than doing good dancing! Impressive stuff."
Aug 6

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Copy stand lights

Started by Jane Shadbolt in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by gustavo arteaga 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi All I'm setting up a small lab for an animation elective at the University of Newcastle with some copy stands for cut-out and drawn animation and I'm trying to get the lighting right.  I'd really like to go LED or fluorescent (because they last…Continue

Lighting packages...Where to begin?

Started by Stuart Bury in CAMERA & STAGE yesterday. 0 Replies

I've always just worked with clamp lights from a hard ware store. They've been ok on really small productions, but I might be landing my first decent sized gig. It's time to step up my game.For those of you who use professional grade lights, what do…Continue

Shopping trolley

Started by Marnik in MODEL DEPARTMENT. Last reply by Marnik yesterday. 16 Replies

Hello all!I need to make 2 supermarket shopping trolleys like the one pictured below for a huge part of the short film I'm making. They need to be strong enough to support a clay puppet in each one (although I could get round this by rigging them…Continue

DIY moco rig

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What's the English name for the tools to punch hair in the puppet's skin?

Started by Jet Zhang in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 2 Replies

I remember there was a thread about the tool, but can not find that article. Anybody know that? Thanks!Continue

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