House of Monsters Behind the Scenes: 3D Printing and Replacement Faces

A brief overview how 3D printing is used to create replacement faces for stop-motion animation.

Comment by Ed Riccardi on September 13, 2014 at 1:25pm

Hmmmm... This begs the question, why do stop motion when you've constructed the puppet in 3-D software?

Comment by Dawn Brown on September 13, 2014 at 2:56pm

Hi Ed,

Just to clarify, only the faces are 3D printed, not the whole puppet.  The rest of the bodies are made with foam latex and fabric. The 3D printer is simply a tool used to build a physical part. Just like using a soldering iron to build an armature, or using a sewing machine to build the costumes.  Part of the beauty of stop motion is that it exists in the real world. It's tactile, the puppets, the sets, the props all physically exist in reality. And the magic is created when a real human animator pushes and bends that puppet to bring a character to LIFE.  The tools we used to build this reality shouldn't matter. 

There's a famous saying, "no matter how real CG looks, it will always be fake. No matter how fake stop motion looks, it will always be real."

thanks for the question. :)

Dawn

Comment by Ed Riccardi on September 14, 2014 at 10:41am

Well put. I actually thought this out after I posted. As it was stated in the video, the 3-D print is just another tool in our arsenal. I find myself often being resistant to new technology at times. Sorry for the knee-jerk.   

Cheers and keep on animating

Comment by Dawn Brown on September 14, 2014 at 1:52pm

No worries. cheers:)

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