online resources for the stop motion animation community since 1999
Some stop motion fun with sets, props and characters as I work towards my first stop motion short film.
The tree silhouettes were wonderful! I hope something like that finds its way into your first "real" film.
I tried to post a few hours ago, but the site wouldn't let me, then the video disappeared. I think you must have removed it at just that moment and replaced it, there was almost a minute of black after the credits on that version.
What I I liked best was the cupboard, with it's paint wearing off on the edges, with the tongue that shoots out! I can't tell if that is a small miniature, a fairly big miniature at maybe 1/3 scale, or full size. I liked the model tree as well, but the silhouettes seem a bit simple to me, not enough finer branches at the tips. But that may be right for the style of your film. I know it's pretty well impossible to cut lots of fine branches from card, you need to get something laser cut or acid etched to achieve that probably - I've gone with painting trees on the background for that reason. I stick to tree trunks if they are flat cut-outs, with all the branches and foliage up above the top of the frame.
Thank you very much for the kind words everyone:)
The set pieces are all being developed for the short but used in different ways in the finished product than shown here for the most part. I was just playing around to see how some of the pieces looked in action to help make some decisions to finish sorting out the preproduction. One of the camera eases will fly first through normal forests with real trees, through dead forests and ultimately transition to paranormal forests and then over the hills and far away to this world in my mind. The last clip shows two of the elements of the paranormal forests and over the hills part ;)
Yes Nick sorry, I edited the clip in Final cut, added some sound, and loaded it only to find out I had forgotten to trim the clip and had left a full minute of black at the end. I saw it right away and quickly pulled the clip offline to fix it and had to wait to reload the fixed clip. I shot the dresser improv last night to see how far out it could rasberry:) ha ha It has quite a reach. The dresser is a prop for my short but now that I made the tongue I will have to eventually do shorts with that as well.
I woke up at night with the old light bulb glowing and madly scratched out a funny short clip to do with the dresser and tongue called "Distracted". I storyboarded the piece right away and filed it away in the "Later" book so I can keep focused on this project.
It was so much fun to build and shoot with that I will do more improv tongue wagging practice soon:) These props are all from the wide shot sequences so far and are all 1/12 scale.
Looking good. I really like the atmosphere of the exterior shot with the trees. Cool lighting.
Cheers guys :) For the lighting, a big thanks goes to Jon Peters from Athena Studios, for sharing his amazement in a post of how cool it was to see one of the talented people he was working with create such amazing scenes with often a single refrigerator bulb used cleverly.
Jon's post inspired me to play and experiment with a range of single light shots like both of these two scenes done with the same single light but with much different results.
Thanks again guys,
basic stopmo discussion
experienced animators looking to improve
CAMERA & STAGE
animation camera, lighting and moco rigs
ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
animation tool and rigging discussion
STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS
frame capture, editing, and post-production
script, storyboarding and storyreel discussion
lip-sync, sound effects and music
YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT
discuss your stopmo film
ball & socket and wire armature discussion
metalwork tool & talk
sculpture information and advice
HAIR & COSTUME
materials, patterns and technique
foam, silicone and resin
clay puppet construction
GENERAL PUPPET MAKING
other puppet fabrication issues
STOP MOTION SETS
set design and construction information
miniature prop discussion
glass matte paintings and backgrounds
GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS
STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION
FAVORITE STOP MOTION CHARACTERS
PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION
FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
STOP MOTION BOOKS
STOP MOTION ON VIDEO
JOBS & PROJECTS
post here if you are looking for talent to hire
stop motion items for sale
report bugs, comments and suggestions here
Tom Brierton's 'A Video Guide to the Basics of Stop-Motion Armature Machining'
© 2019 Created by Anthony Scott.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.