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
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
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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
"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…"
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.
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
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
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