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Animation Workflow

Started by Kevin Stratton in STOPMO NEWBIES 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hey Guys!I’m looking for some workflow tips when it comes to planning and executing a shot. Coming from CG it’s extremely easy to shoot reference, block in key poses and adjust those poses to get the timing you want. With that said what’s the best way to go about planning and executing a stop motion shot?I know bigger studios will do a blocking pass on 4s or 6s, then maybe a rehearsal on 2s then get down to the nitty gritty on 1s. After shooting reference footage, should I go through the footage and pick out the key poses that are really going to tel the story and see how this translate through the block?Do I use the X sheet to basically layout/map out  where I should be in the shot on certain frames?I’m trying to focus on body mechanic shots and getting lost as I progress into the shot. Any help would be awesome!Continue

Possible camera issue causing misaligned frames?

Started by Roo Nelo in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Roo Nelo 14 hours ago. 4 Replies

I haven't posted here in a while, but I've been working on a new animation that I'm unable to make progress on due to an odd issue. What happens is when I take a new frame, it never realigns with the previous frame. This only seems to happen after I take a break for an hour or resume animating the next day. This wouldn't seem much of an issue, but the shot is done from the same angle over the course of days and there is a rig involved. When I mask out the rig, the frames clearly are misaligned even with trying to nudge the frame in After Effects.The past 3 weeks, I've attempted to isolate the cause. Here's what I've tried.- Secured the set with multiple clamps. Made sure props are glued and pinned down.- 4 different tables of varying sturdiness.- 2 different table materials (wood and plastic/metal) to see if there is possibly expansion/contraction with temperature.- 3 tripods (I even invested in a sturdy Manfrotto and Junior head). I also tried the tripods with and without a weight hanging.- Leaving the camera on a separate table instead of a tripod.- Turning the camera on/off through a power strip switch instead of physically touching the camera.- Making sure the floor isn't budging (I'm working in a basement on granite flooring anyway).My last test involved sitting the camera directly on the set. If the table or set was moving, then the camera should move with it. I took a picture, left for a while, and took another picture, there was movement still. That led me to thinking something is wrong with either the lens or the camera body. So I tested with another lens I have and there was still movement.I don't know the inner workings of a camera well, so is there anything inside that may be causing inconsistent pictures? Or perhaps there is an entirely different cause anyone can lend insight to? Any help is appreciated.Continue

Dreams and Nightmares (student film)

Started by John_TheCollegeGuy in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by John_TheCollegeGuy 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

This film combines stop-motion horror with poetic performance. I am on the finishing touches on the movie, but I will say that it has echoes of Harryhausen and Hitchcock. It will probably take a while to make its way online as I intend to send it to some festivals..but if someone "leaks" my stopmotion-I'd probably turn the other way :PContinue

Recent B&S Armature

Started by Jonathan Hartman in ARMATURES. Last reply by Jonathan Hartman yesterday. 8 Replies

I made this armature a few weeks ago.  This is my second attempt at a fully-articulated ball and socket.  I really wanted to make a hand armature as well, but I don't think this one has an adequate range of motion.I'm limited in what I can do without a milling machine, but I'd certainly like to start making more complicated joints.I don't know that I'll actually use this one for a puppet, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to share it anyway.Continue

Just had a lovely chat with Sarah de Gaudemar (Coraline, Robot Chicken, Davey & Goliath, etc.) on how to make stop mo into a career. Here's the podcast :)

Started by Mozen in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Mozen yesterday. 2 Replies

For anyone interested, I run a podcast where I interview animators/story artists/etc. I had the opportunity to chat with veteran animator Sarah de Gaudemar on how she got her start and what it's like working on both TV and Film stop motion projects.Here's the episode :)https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast/episode-13-emmy-winning-sarah-de-gaudemar-on-how-to-make-a-career-out-of-stop-motionPS: Is there a better thread to post this in?Continue

Had to make a character for Character Design Class in Animation School - I made a clay puppet and her duck

Started by Mozen in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Picked up a bunch of things from the dollar store and made this queen and her duck! I don't intend on animating her, because I didn't take the time to make a proper armature. This was more of a fun project for me to get back into making stop motion puppets :)Continue

Respirator for working with foam latex

Started by Jet Zhang in CASTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Hi, I am going to use MonsterMaker's foam latex to cast characters this time. I used GM's before. The quality is good but the smell of ammonium (or some other chemicals) made my throat painfull each time. I think MM's has the smiliar smell when working and baking on it. I think a respirator may work. I checked in hardware store and found they all for welding or painting purpose. Can somebody make a suggestion of a respirator? Thank you!Continue

Need help with Stop Motion college work Part 2.

Started by Sergio Roda in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Hey There everyone !Thanks so much with the last comments, I had two questions though:1. I need to make the beast´s hand for the puppet, but I don´t know if casting it in silicone would be better than making it with latex, what do you guys think?2. I just finished casting another puppet with Platsil Gel-10, what do you use for painting the puppet? I´ve seen some Acrylic work working in these kind of silicones, but I don´t know if they will work well. What do you advice?Thanks to everyone, this helps me a lot !Continue

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Need help with Stop Motion college work

Started by Sergio Roda in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Apr 12. 14 Replies

Hi there !Im new inside the community and all of the site aportations are helping me a lot because I need to do an Stop Motion college final work for my career, and I wanted to know if anyone could help me by telling me some nice set tutorials/tips and puppet tips to make a furried beast of almost 30 cm for each arm. I am making a wired armature using different aluminium wires and epoxy miliput superfine white and maybe some wood parts. It would be awesome to hear some tips and opinions!! I attach some copyright protected images from the puppet concept too and the set.Regiux.Continue

Bearings for moco camera head

Started by Tatu P in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Apr 12. 24 Replies

Hello wise board of SMA! I am planing to make simple moco unit with Arduino system. I got great help from previous post about the subject and from Simon Tytherleighs comments.Things have developped plesant ways since last time I looked to this subject. Seems that it is possible to do system with ~400€! One thing what puzzles me is bearings of pan and tilt head. I am planning to make U shaped one. Have you used some axial ball bearing for Pan? Maybe something like this:https://www.vxb.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Kit7852Or do you have it without any bearings, just wax or something?How about Tilt?Thank you,-TatuContinue



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Animation Workflow

Hey Guys!I’m looking for some workflow tips when it comes to planning and executing a shot. Coming…See More
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Roo Nelo replied to Roo Nelo's discussion Possible camera issue causing misaligned frames?
"I don't have access to another camera at the moment. I'll look into it though as trying…"
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