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Trailer for our latest independent film: Jolly Girl

Started by John Horabin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Maureen Z yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi everyone, nice to be here again- I've had my head down working rather than being online for the last few years- and this is the result...https://vimeo.com/365062821Here is the trailer for our latest work, 'Jolly Girl', at least 4 years of production time, depending on when you start counting, but 2 serious years until recently, of hard frame grabbing.The finished piece is 16 minutes long, with a LOT of dialogue and emotional performances, it has a Hitchcock flavour, and as you'll spot, a different approach to face replacement for dialogue.The finished film is approx 10 days away, being at the final dub stage right now-Then it will be heading out to the festival and competition circuit for a while.If anyone has any questions, please feel free, I'd love to discuss what we have done.Continue

Tags: Horabin, John, London, Skatedog, Penny

Tie downs (magnets)

Started by Devin Pingree in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by Devin Pingree on Sunday. 3 Replies

I have a perforated galvanized steel sheet animation stage and my puppet works well with screw tie downs but I want to use magnets because I'm planning on covering the steel with canvas so that I can paint it so that it resembles flooring inside an apartment and I don't want to have to keep drilling into the canvas and repairing it and I thought it would be quicker using magnets. These are the magnets I ordered and that arrived today: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Powerful-Grade-N42-1x1-Inch-Rare-Earth-Neodymium-Cylinder-Magnets/361114852299?epid=1836693440&hash=item54141f5bcb:g:AFoAAOSwh-1W2gfYI tried the magnets out and they seemed way too powerful. I then wrapped some gaffers tape around them and that helped take some of the strength away. However, they still seemed hard to work with because I was struggling with the magnets forces. Using the magnets seemed awkward compared to the screw tie downs. Is there a way to prepare the magnets so that they are more directional and just attract the feet of the puppet and the steel sheet. What are the standard practices when using magnets as tie downs? Is there a particular magnet and strength of the magnet I should be looking for? I'm thinking about ordering a couple of these because they seem like they may work better with the aluminum housing surrounding the magnet but they are a bit expensive: https://www.animationsupplies.net/professional-magnetic-tie-down-system.htmlOr these:…Continue

Tags: magnets, downs, tie

Time-lapse BTS shots

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 2 Replies

Any tips on doing one of those shots where the puppets move in real time and the animator flickers around? I have never tried one before, and they are so great to watch.I assume it is done as a timelapse with the second camera. What sort of interval do you set? And presumably you have to go through the frames to root out the extra ones when you spent 10 minutes fiddling instead of the usual 5? It seems like there is a lot to do to clean up shots like this. So any crafty hints and tips gratefully received!Continue

Set building help

Started by Fabian in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Fabian Oct 8. 2 Replies

I like to ask if anyone knows website or method to printing building walls and back drops? Example.... I like have a brick wall or a bank setting for backdrop for my animation. I thought printing one out for quick solution?

Lights (LED's and dimmers)

Started by Devin Pingree in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Devin Pingree Oct 7. 5 Replies

I'm looking into purchasing LED lights for a stop motion project. Does anyone have any recommendations? My plan is to get higher powered LED lights (20W=200W incandescent) and to use a dimmer to adjust the brightness. Is using a dimmer okay to in stop motion or will that cause flickering? I was planning on using a shutter speed of 1 second or longer. Here's some of the lights I'm looking at:https://www.ebay.com/itm/400-LED-3300lm-Daylight-Barndoor-Lighting-Professional-Studio-Light-Stand-Kit/381893249025?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D40719%26meid%3D62ed0c5ed7414dd68bb0d07e4f49b0b2%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dco%26sd%3D362407045805%26itm%3D381893249025%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Pack-Studio-Dimmable-Neutral-Day-Light-5500K-LED-Barndoor-Light-Kit-Carry-Case/312173046146?hash=item48aef6a982:g:GmUAAOSwuJRb4ge6Thank youContinue

Tags: LED, Lights

Why isn't this site allowing new members anymore?

Started by Bunny Chang in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by Anthony Scott Oct 5. 5 Replies

My friend wanted to sign up but she said it's not letting her. What's going on?Continue

Everything I sculpt looks like a duck....

Started by Count Croc in SCULPTING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Oct 4. 2 Replies

I finally got my first job in a film. I've been tasked with making a monster, and I keep messing up the head. Every sculpt I do ends up looking like a duck. I want a long, thin, sleek type of face kind of like a crocodile. What's the right way to go about this?Continue

New Build-up Method?

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick Oct 3. 1 Reply

So heres the problem. I’m HORRIBLE at putting on latex skins. They always fold funny when animated and I always have massive seams. Im lucky to get one on without an air pocket. I’m in preproduction of a film that other people are working on and I need to make my monster as realistic as possible. I thought of a solution: Instead of using skins, just coat the puppet with latex and sculpt on detail later. I know Nick uses a process similar to this. What latex should I use? Will this work? Will the latex restrict movement? (Also I use Monster Maker’s mask latex) Thanks.Continue

 
 
 

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