I use smooth-on dragon skin fx pro for making all my puppets and I feel like they always come out looking really good. The main problem I've found is when I try to paint them. I've been using psycho paint with silc pig and novocs as a solvent. I find when I paint without using a solvent the paint is really thick and won't stay in place, it will just follow gravity and mess up. But when I add the solvent, even using less then the recommended amount, it gets so thin that you can see through the…Continue
Hi friends,Resolved one problem and now onto another. Grateful to say, thanks to the help in my last post my newest silicone casts don't show air bubbles on the surface. However I am still struggling with one final flaw, getting the jaw to stay open. My hunch is that the issue lies in my construction of the armature. Please let me know if you agree or suspect something else. I have switched to Eco Flex 00-30 at the suggestion of Nick H., which is significantly stretchier and more flexible…Continue
I’ve just graduated with a focus in stop motion animation from Maine College of Art this spring, but when it comes to finding an entry level job anywhere near this field that doesn’t require 3+ years of professional experience, I’m having next to no luck. I’d appreciate any tips from stop-mo veterans about their first jobs in the field, and what I should do to get my foot in the door!
Hi friends,Evaluating these two silicone casts made from ultra cal molds of a puppet head and trying to determine if the bubbles seen at the surface of the silicone is being caused by the mold surface or the mixing/pouring of the silicone? Are you able to tell by my attatched image? The image shows two heads, both from the same mold. It's hard to be certain, but I think the bubbles are not in the exact same place? I did use a brush to apply the first layer of silicone and then poured the…Continue
Get ready for STOPMO JAM 3!This time the theme is everyone's favorite stopmo time of the year: HALLOWEEN!So what is a STOPMO JAM?It is a series of short animated ideas that all relate to the theme. We've done Spring and Run in the past, this time it's Halloween!Puppets can be made of clay, paper,…Continue
Hi all,At Röda roboten animation we have developed a tool for planning animation, especially stop-motion which is what we do most.It's an animator's stop-watch, but it also records the motion of your hand (the rotation) so you get a graph, much like a curve that you usually sketch on the x-sheet. It shows your motion exactly, with the speed and acceleration on every frame.If you think this could be useful in your work, have a look here:…Continue
Hello. I was wondering if someone on here could help me with my PC specs for editing RAW image files for my new Stop Motion. So I recently upgraded my PCs Motherboard and Processor because I thought I needed a new Processor to help make editing RAW image files easier, but even with my new processor my PC still struggles to play back the pics in the editing software. It's so laggy that I basically can't edit. Can anyone on here tell me why this is? Do I need an EVEN better Processor then the one…Continue
Hey Stop mo folks,Here's the trailer for a recent non-narrative project I completed in the winter. I did make some animation puppets but a lot of the challenge was animating natural elements. Took me about 30 some tries to figure out how to crack an eggshell in more than a few frames.Continue
6-19-21 (147) - I bought Dragonframe 4 $338 (USD) with tax. Got a free upgraded license and a link to Dragonframe 5
6-28-21 (156) - Dragonframe controller arrives, much smaller than expected which is a good thing. I doubt I'll even use it since my current set up has my monitors away from the stage.
6-28-21 (156) - Since you do not need a set for the Jam, I will start working on the puppets first. I'm so lazy that I am reusing an old practice sculpt from last year. All I need to…Continue
H21-918 is the working title for the production. I came up with the real title as soon as I had my idea but revealing it now would be a spoiler.
H21 for Halloween 2021 and 918 for the deadline of September 18th but I'll be finished long before that date. (this is a lie)
Today is my self imposed deadline to finish a costume commission. I am not finished, and I decided to do more of the project then I intended and everything I am doing is taking twice as…Continue
First blog ever so I'll try and keep from not writing a novel. I decided to do a small film for the Stop Motion Jam #3 and decided to start a blog about that journey. Not every day will be a post and not every post will be about the film but in the end isn't it all about the film and film making. Can I even call it a film? Here are the first few entries in the Production Diary: (the date of the entry then the day of the project counting up to the deadline)
Posted by Steve Copeland on June 19, 2021 at 1:00pm
I dug in to the boxes of my dads puppets. They are all from commercials. Jeno's pizza italian chef, Jeno's pizza Roman chariot ( 21 heads and 4 puppets plus the chariot and horse), Nice n' soft, Magic Chef, Lipton tea bag hand boy (?), Spiffits, and a few miscellaneous single puppets. My dad was part of the team at Cascade and later at Sandler, Coast and Trio, that did the Pillsbury Doughboy but all that stuff was pretty popular. I found one unpainted head today that I'll keep. I'll try and…Continue