|Stop Motion Resources
||[15 Feb 2010|03:46pm]
Before I started at school I was always frustrated at the lack of guidance I could find in discovering resources online for teaching yourself stop motion, so I thought I should share some of my favorite stop motion resources, as well as give everyone a chance to share their own.
Stop Motion Software:
Named for the United Airlines commercial it was created for, this stop motion software seriously has changed the way I animate. My animation immediately became 20 times smoother. I have so much more control over my animation with this and it has a bunch of sweet features. At $275 its a bit expensive, but it is totally worth every penny.
Another decent Stop Mo Software is Frame Thief. The best part about this? It's free! It provides you with the bare essentials (onion skinning, remote shooting) but if you are just starting out, its really all you need. I've been animating with this for 3 years and aside from its camera compatibility, it's never let me down.
Some of my Favorite websites:
Resources and How-To's:
http://www.rondexter.com/ (this guy gives out all his secrets on animation, it's amazing)
http://darkmattr.blogspot.com (This guy's blog is awesome. He is always exploring and trying new techniques, and also is one of the only sources for information on puppet mold-making that I've found online.)
http://www.stopmotionworks.com/articles/poormansjointarmtures.htm (Instructions on making your own armature on the cheap)
http://www.smooth-on.com/ (good for mold-making supplies)
http://www.expendablesrecycler.com (good for cheap production supplies)
http://www.woodennickellighting.com (also good for cheap production supplies)
http://www.kitkraft.biz/home.php (favorite store in LA)
http://burmanindustries.com (good for latex supplies, I recommend the balloon rubber)
Cool sites about animation:
|The Orange Undresses
||[11 Jan 2010|12:01am]
I've been trying to learn how to do stop motion animation. Today I practiced a simple orange peeling exercise. It's annoying how every video becomes more jerky and grainy when you upload it, flickr is the best of a bad bunch. I'm still practising to get my motions smoother.