I am about to begin my journey into stop motion at a serious pace. I have been researching and doing more research into the tools that I will need to achieve my goals. What I'd like is some advice and to see if I am on the right track. Currently my budget isn't very high, so I will not be getting a DSLR to begin with. Later on when I've gotten much more experience and have built my sets and puppets for my short film (which I've been planning since 2007) I will get one. For now I've decided a high quality webcam shall be my best bet. I have found the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD and I think it's my best bet. Have you experience with this camera? I also think I shall be purchasing Dragonframe to use with it, although I will probably just use MonkeyJam for now. Has anyone used these as a combo? I was also curious as to what kind of tripod stand you would use for such a webcam.
My father, whom is a carpenter, shall help me design and build a table. Some of the things I think I will need are: easy access to under the table for hole drilling, drop in and removable set floors, mount points for lights and cameras(no idea about this one). I was wondering what useful features you would use in a table or like to if you could design one yourself.
I shall begin with wire armatures as I have some experience with them. Later on I will want to try ball and socket but I don't see the need of spending that much money right now. Some of my main concerns are more about how to achieve the vast facial expressions that I want. I am completely unsure as to what type of materials to use for faces. But I guess I shall experiment and find out!
I have yet to really look up lighting and green screen stuff , but I'm sure that will be fairly easy as long as I research. Any and all other suggestions from your experiences are much welcome. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and creations on here with you in the near future!