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Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
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Hi all,I've been lurking a bit and I really appreciate the breadth of knowledge people are sharing here!I'm looking for advice about setting up a small space for a beginner to work through the full…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Oct 23.

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Just an additional thought on what looks like a good set-up... you need something to fix down the tripod legs. In the pic one of them looks dangerously close to the edge of the table! It could be something homemade, but ideally should be adjustable…"
Oct 23
Aela Wild replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Thanks for the info on the hinges, I didn't know about those! Quality time with a hacksaw sounds about right..."
Oct 20
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Thanks; I did find several like the one in the link. Tool cases, flight cases, and road cases were the search terms I wound up with but I never found anything reasonably sized for this application. Cases I found that could hold the 24x18 top were…"
Oct 18
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"excellent point about the clamps; they'll stick out anyway because the tabletop extends just beyond the apron and it would interfere if I tried to rotate the clamps (although they can be better than in the photo obviously). I'm pretty sure…"
Oct 18
Aela Wild replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Thanks Nick! It's true a small unit to put on top would let me do more, that's a good idea and I'll consider how to make it happen. Devin, it looks great! So happy my setup helped. It might help to turn the clamps flush to the table…"
Oct 15
Phil m replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Great job - looks like you are just about set to start having some fun!!!  Good luck Devin!!"
Oct 15
Keith Adams replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
Oct 15
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Thanks! I had been thinking about getting free-standing light supports but after your comments I changed my design to include a wide rim so everything could be secured directly to the stage. I went with a tabletop tripod and telescoping pillars with…"
Oct 14
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"I like this setup but I don't know how she's going to wind up doing tie-downs, etc., so I wanted to use a perforated sheet for the top. I am curious about that case in the background though. Did that come with a product or did you buy it…"
Oct 14
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Thanks everyone for your input. This is what I came up with; I sort of combined the Aardman stage design and StopmoNick's rostrom setup. My carpentry skills are marginal and the rostrom was cut out of a leftover plywood panel with a jigsaw, so…"
Oct 14
StopmoNick replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"I like the use of bounce light there!   A small unit that sits on a desk is a good approach, raised up a little if you need to reach under for tiedowns, but in this case you don't need that. And that's a good point, about everything…"
Oct 2
Aela Wild replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Sorry, couldn't figure out how to add other pictures until it was too late, here's the wooden step sandwich. If you can image it sitting on the desk, the Ikea light clamps under the gap and the camera stand fits in the step."
Oct 1
Aela Wild replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"For what it's worth, I animate on a small secondhand desk, 44cm by 90cm (17in x 35in) in a rental with carpet. I use two pieces of wood screwed together at a funny angle so I can put my camera in the step and have it line up with the…"
Oct 1
Devin replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"So many great responses, thanks everyone!"
Oct 1
Hans Jacob Wagner replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Here's an idea! I myself have two boys age 5 and 7, which can show to be a challenge at times ;) But luckily I got 9 square meters with a door, even though that it's open all the time, they for some reason respect the stuff, and don't…"
Oct 1
Keith Adams replied to Devin's discussion Can I set up a minimal studio in a small space?
"Here's one I used to use based on a workmate, it was pretty stable and could all be folded away.Keith"
Oct 1

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