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Need advice for my first stop motion film

Started by Jack Rack in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Geoff Clark yesterday. 2 Replies

I’m planning on making a short stop motion film for the first time, and I thought I’d ask you guys for some advice!My idea was to build the head with sculpey, bake it, and then add eyebrows + moustache without baking them, in order to animate these parts afterwards. As an option, I thought about using magnets for brows + moustache, baking them as well, and having different versions of the moustache for replacement. Will it work like that? How hard will it be to replace/reshape/move those parts on the face without accidentally moving the character? Will a homemade wire armature be too unstable for this?I’ll be grateful for any help :)Continue

Tags: Eyebrows, Moustache, Clay, Sculpey

Conducting a survey for university - studying animation

Started by L'Rae Rose in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by StopmoNick on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Hi there everyone! This is the first time I've posted anything to the forum so I hope this is allowed. I'm studying Animation at university and as part of my studies I need to conduct a survey in order to gain peoples perspectives on a particular area of interest - mine being stop-motion. Being a stop-motion forum I thought that I might as well utilize my membership here and get your help.None of your personal information will be collected in the survey. Just your opinions! It's only a nine (9) question survey, with most questions just requiring you to click a box. It's pretty basic, but it will help me produce a presentation with real peoples thoughts and ideas. If you have a few minutes to spare, I'd really appreciate it if you could follow the link below to my SurveyMonkey survey. Thanks everyone!Animation SurveyP.s. if this is posted in the wrong category Mods, feel free to move it to where it belongs...I'm very new to this!Continue

Tags: survey, universtiy

Making a toy into a puppet

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Jason Dedrick on Tuesday. 5 Replies

So I’m making a satire film which involves bipedal frogs. I knew I would burn myself out making the puppets so I spent $25 on 12 5 inch rubber frogs. I figured I would just gut them and put wires into their legs. However, their legs are actually solid and I can’t get a wire through. This completely ruins my idea, so now I have to come up with some other ways to make them walk.1. Glue wire on outside, cover with small layer of latex and blend in with rest of body2. Try making them actual string puppets. I highly doubt my ability to make it look good.3. Hide wires on unexposed sideAs you can see I don’t have many options. Any opinions?Continue

New Stop-Motion Animation + Practical Effects Studio

Started by Brendan Burford in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Jason Dedrick on Tuesday. 1 Reply

My business partner, Brian Haimes and I have opened a new stop-motion animation and practical effects studio. Have a look: https://www.plumicornstudios.comContinue

Dragonframe capture black-out on a single monitor in dual setup?

Started by Jasper Kuipers in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Jasper Kuipers on Monday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone!Is there by any chance some dragonframe experts here that can help me with this question?I have a setup with dual monitors in the studio.One monitor for displaying dragonframe and the other functioning basically as a lighttable. I have the camera shooting down that second monitor laying flat on the table.I'm doing oilpaint on glass and want only the backlight of the monitor. So I need the primary monitor to have a capture blackout during shooting. I can't seem to find a way to set only 1 of the 2 on blackout... It does both or nothing.Anyone here a wizz with dragonframe that can help me out with the answer??Much appreciated!Jasper,Continue

Tags: black-out, capture, dragonframe

Old Samsung SC L901

Started by Heather Vasquez in STOPMO NEWBIES on Monday. 0 Replies

Hi guysMaybe this is obvious. Got an old camcorder - any use out of it for stop motion work ?Continue

How to Build a Dinosaur Armature

Started by John_TheCollegeGuy in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Count Croc on Saturday. 1 Reply

This is pretty important..will use traditional clay for a more cartoon look. Continue

Birdlime - short film

Started by Evan DeRushie in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Anthony Scott Jun 20. 1 Reply

After finishing this film back in 2017, and playing in many film festivals, it's finally time to premiere online. So here it is! This was my second full short film that I wrote/directed/lit, and the first that I animated fully. It's also much longer than my previous film, which was a challenge to keep the pace up and hold attention for over 10 minutes. I stuck to a very limited set of camera angles, which I think worked for the story, and also allowed me to focus more of my time on animation, because the shots were very long and I wasn't spending time on new setups.A fun animation fact- the bird was behind a cage wall for the entire film, and this wasn't a digital trick. The front of the cage actually slid open on a drawer-slider, and registered back in place with a magnet. It's a fun solution to a problem that my set designer Winston Hacking came up with. There are some making-of videos on my website (http://evanderushie.com/birdlime.php), which show some rehearsal "pop-thru" footage, and a look at multiple lighting-passes I used for keying and more. If you have any questions about anything, I'd be happy to answer- the SMA board was such an invaluable resource to me when I was starting out, so I'd love the chance to share info with the community.Hope you enjoy!Evan DeRushiewww.stopmodept.comContinue

 
 
 

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