HI,

I am searching for puppet making for stop motion 

Can you recommend for me someone or course for puppet making

I appreciate your help

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Do you mean an online course, or one in a physical classroom where you go to?

I don't know any courses, but there are a few videos and web pages online that can help.  Most of us had to teach ourselves, picking up information from wherever we can find it.

One is Richard Swensson, also known as The Lone Animator, because there really aren't many others in Sweden where he lives.   He shows how he makes puppets step-by-step in a blog, and posts how-to videos at Youtube on his Bluworm channel.  He uses a build-up method, with some sections of skin cast in latex from a mould to get detail where it is most important.

His Youtube channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/bluworm

His blog:  http://loneanimator.blogspot.com.au/

There are also several videos on puppet making put out by Stop Motion Magazine.  There are some on casting silicone bodies.     https://www.youtube.com/user/stopmotionmagazine/videos

This is the first one, on making the wire armature for sculpting on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgipvcyFnDY   The next one covers the sculpting in clay, followed by mould making, making an armature for animating, and casting the puppet.

I have done a few videos on how I make puppets with direct build-up methods, for people who aren't ready for making full body moulds and want to start simpler.   I cover bodies and heads,  and silicone cast heads as well.  Also tie-downs.  My channel:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCldxC_-VlXTwMWk8bzFu2qQ

Here is the build-up body, with cushion foam over wire, and latex for hands:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbF6m3BeGUQ

Michael Parks also has some tutorials like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqzKTYrgDOM   I don't agree with all of his methods - it's better to make a 2 piece mould that joins together and cast the latex in one piece, rather than cast the latex in each piece separately then have to join it - but somehow he makes it work.  I would look at his videos, but not necessarily follow everything that he does.  If you look at several different puppetmakers' methods, you will see some things are the same, some are different, and you can see what suits you the best.

There are also a couple of books on stop motion that would help.

Stop Motion:Craft Skills for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stop-Motion-Craft-Skills-Animation/dp/0240...

The Art of Stop Motion Animation by Ken Priebe

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Stop-Motion-Animation/dp/1598632442/re...

And lastly, you can ask questions here and usually someone will be happy to help.

 


Thanks for the information 

Seem that, gonna teach myself. it's difficult to find courses or clear sources.


StopmoNick said:

Do you mean an online course, or one in a physical classroom where you go to?

I don't know any courses, but there are a few videos and web pages online that can help.  Most of us had to teach ourselves, picking up information from wherever we can find it.

One is Richard Swensson, also known as The Lone Animator, because there really aren't many others in Sweden where he lives.   He shows how he makes puppets step-by-step in a blog, and posts how-to videos at Youtube on his Bluworm channel.  He uses a build-up method, with some sections of skin cast in latex from a mould to get detail where it is most important.

His Youtube channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/bluworm

His blog:  http://loneanimator.blogspot.com.au/

There are also several videos on puppet making put out by Stop Motion Magazine.  There are some on casting silicone bodies.     https://www.youtube.com/user/stopmotionmagazine/videos

This is the first one, on making the wire armature for sculpting on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgipvcyFnDY   The next one covers the sculpting in clay, followed by mould making, making an armature for animating, and casting the puppet.

I have done a few videos on how I make puppets with direct build-up methods, for people who aren't ready for making full body moulds and want to start simpler.   I cover bodies and heads,  and silicone cast heads as well.  Also tie-downs.  My channel:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCldxC_-VlXTwMWk8bzFu2qQ

Here is the build-up body, with cushion foam over wire, and latex for hands:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbF6m3BeGUQ

Michael Parks also has some tutorials like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqzKTYrgDOM   I don't agree with all of his methods - it's better to make a 2 piece mould that joins together and cast the latex in one piece, rather than cast the latex in each piece separately then have to join it - but somehow he makes it work.  I would look at his videos, but not necessarily follow everything that he does.  If you look at several different puppetmakers' methods, you will see some things are the same, some are different, and you can see what suits you the best.

There are also a couple of books on stop motion that would help.

Stop Motion:Craft Skills for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stop-Motion-Craft-Skills-Animation/dp/0240...

The Art of Stop Motion Animation by Ken Priebe

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Stop-Motion-Animation/dp/1598632442/re...

And lastly, you can ask questions here and usually someone will be happy to help.

 

Hi.Yes. As Nick points out people teach themselves with the invaluable help of the internet. The other path is to learn while working at animation studios with in-house puppet makers or at independent puppet making studios. Still, I can see the appeal of a course with a tutor at hand where you can also meet other people wanting to learn the same thing without having to make of this a career choice just yet. 

There used to be a course in the Czech republic with an old timer full of experience and wisdom but I can't seem to find his school on the net any longer. He did puppet making specifically for animation catering mostly for foreign students. Worth trying to track him down. While looking for him I bumped into this woman in Prague. Click here. Wire based puppets. Not specific to animation but the way she puts them puppets together is the same. Going by the photos people seem to be having a laugh but you need to be rich to indulge in it if you are not based in the Czech republic.

I'd say just track down your local animator/puppet maker and pay him/her a visit. If you like what they do pester them until they agree to teach you. If I was in Australia no doubt I would've been pestering Nick.

By any chance would it happen to be this school that you are talking about? The course is taught in english, and there are some amazing people teaching in it. They mostly come from Jirí Trnka animated film studio, which is pretty amazing!

Ah, gracias! Yes. That very one. Great!


Alejandra Medina said:

By any chance would it happen to be this school that you are talking about? The course is taught in english, and there are some amazing people teaching in it. They mostly come from Jirí Trnka animated film studio, which is pretty amazing!

Thanks all For the replyed and the information... i will try to practice and check the prague course, Its  seem nice

HAHAHA.. I have long list for pestering People in stop-motion field, eh it will be diffuclt to kown which one will be the first 

I found also, Undergradate course for Stop-Motion and Puppet making in saffordshire University. Seem good also but expensive 

I think there are animation courses at the University of the West of England in Bristol, too.  They have links with Aardman, also located in Bristol, so it could be a good choice for stop motion.   Like most university courses it covers animation generally.  http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities/animationstudios.aspx

Member of this message board Mary Murphy has taught a short summer course on stop motion there a few times.  She also did this book for beginners in all kinds of animation:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Started-Animation-Mary-Murphy/dp/14081...


Thats good

I wanna concentrate more in puppet making and set design, it's difficult to find someone here... I will check the University, it will be nice to meet ppl with same interest and get experience from professional......  But three years!!! mmmmm

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