Hi,I've just come across some 1mm steel wire and I'm wondering whether anyone has ever used this for armatures? I've used aluminium wire many times before but never thought of steel wire, so I just wondered if anyone out there has tried it.I've got some here, I haven't yet made an armature but I've tried bending it back and forth repeatedly for several minutes and it hasn't snapped, which makes me think it could be good.My other 2 observations are that it is a bit stiffer than aluminium wire of…Continue
I've read that LED and incandescent lights are best for stop motion as they don't cause flicker. However, any of the household LED bulbs I've bought do indeed cause flicker. Are there particular types that don't do this? I would like to use some lamps I have as lighting sources rather than buy any LED panel lights at the moment, and incandescent bulbs are becoming hard to find and generate so much heat.ThanksContinue
https://creaturecastrubber.com/Has anyone tried this product or similar. Seems to be having all the qualities of natural rubber and none of the downsides. Wonder if you're able to use the build up method with this. Look it up on YouTube as well.Continue
Featuring the best short films of 2021 at international film festivals Our 10th anniversary edition in November with extra screenings, awards and new International Showcases screening in November 2021!We're also awarding prizes for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Short AND Showcasing our short films worldwide at our partner festivals:But get your skates on – The FINAL Deadline is Monday June 21st!…Continue
Started by Paul Bruce in BEGINNERS on Tuesday.
Hi thereI'm pretty new to stopmotion. I've dabbled in the past using cheap software and a webcam, but I'm interested in stepping things up a bit. I've done some research on cameras and lenses and ended up picking up a Canon T2i/550D (good price and low shutter count). Where things get a little more confusing for me is the lens choices as I don't have much photography background and I'm not familiar with the finer points of lens functionality between models and brands. What I understand is that…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
I'm looking for information on how to build the type of wooden armature used in the Jay Clay character. I've tried aluminum wire and was not happy with the results. I'm not trying to make Jay Clay, I would just like to try the type of armature used in the character.Thank You,MikeContinue
Started by Mike Alewine in ARMATURES Jun 14.
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
My dad worked in Hollywood in special effects for many years, including doing a lot of stop motion special effects. I have 3 or 4 wooden crates with armature puppets, I think all from commercials, probably in the '80's. They are in fair condition, the foam rubber at this point isn't the greatest, but the metal armatures are fine and there are sets of heads that go with them.
I will get some pictures and try and identify who these characters are and post more here. There are also a…Continue