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Just linked my updated stop-motion reel to the video section.
Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:01
Just finished a 5 part tutorial on how to create a stop-motion puppet using the built up method. I also go over how to fabricate it's clothes. You can view the tutorial on my feed or you can go here:
Friday, 14 October 2011 16:19
8 May 2013
Hi guys! I've been hard at work on animating the final act of The Hollow Boy and have some more tutorials coming soon. But for now here is my updated stop-motion reel of all the commercial projects I've been working on recently.
13 Jul 2012Hi everyone. I've been pretty busy as of late directing various commercial projects and doing character animation for a few stop-motion shows. I'll bring you up to speed on the progress of The Hollow Boy in the next post but in the meantime I've included a commercial I directed with my Brother for the apparel company Hips and Hair. It was my first venture into live action so it was quite an adjustment to say the least. But fear not, the entire intro is animated along with a few other shots in this one and half minute epic. Hope you enjoy it as much as we had a fun making it.And here's an episode from College Humor's "Dino Office" which I had the pleasure of animating on along with Ashley Arechiga and Pete Levin. Directed by Trisha Gum with puppets and sets by John Sumner and Emily Franz.Until next time...-Fonz
12 Oct 2011So we've finally come to the end of the Puppet Fabrication (Built-Up Method) tutorial. The video above shows one of the final puppets in action. One final thing that still needs to be covered is how I created the head.To create the head I simply sculpted it out of Sculpey. Sculpey is a clay that won't harden until you throw it into the oven. It can also be used to fabricate set pieces, props, body parts and anything else you can imagine. The great thing about it is that it won't dry out between uses so you don't have to feel like you have to rush to finish a sculpt. Once you do put the final sculpt into oven it comes out rock hard and can be handled/sanded without ruining any of the details.Here's a before and after picture of one of the heads I used. The photo on the left is the sculpt right out of the oven and the photo on the right is the same head with the final paint. For paint I used some extra cell paint that I had lying around, but acrylics will work just as well.Here's a sample of some of the heads I'm using for the towns people. As I mentioned before these are supporting characters whose faces won't really be seen in the final film other than in cast their shadows and silhouettes, so sculpting eyes and mouths weren't necessary in this situation. These same techniques however can easily be expanded on to create a more detailed head that can actually be animated with the use of different mouth and eye shapes.-Al-Gonzo
19 Aug 2011
The next important element to address when fabricating these types of puppets are the hands and feet. Here is where the actual built-up method will be utilized. As I mentioned in one of the previous posts this method generally lends itself to being less expensive and time consuming than the foam latex process. One major drawback however is that once a puppet like this breaks, you'll have to re-fabricate the built-up portions all over again without the aid of a mold. This may or may not be a big deal depending on your specific situation. The materials you'll need will be: cotton balls and some form of liquid latex. I have used the "mold builder" latex (pictured above) in the past but have since moved on to "balloon rubber latex" because it handles and works the best. The mold builder will still work but will need to be thinned out with water and will require a lot of extra drying time. "Balloon rubber" latex can be found at Frends Beauty Supply and the "mold builder latex can be found at any Michael's Arts and Crafts.
Here we start off with our previously made armature.
Grab a cotton ball and tear off a lengthy sized strip like the one pictured above and apply the latex to it.
It should look something like this.
Next, take the latex saturated cotton and wrap it around one of the wires of the hand shaping it into a finger.
Dry it with a blow dryer. The "balloon rubber" latex will set in a few minutes while the "mold builder" would take much longer.
Repeat this process for each finger until you have something that hopefully resembles a hand.
You can smooth the fingers even further with a wood burning tool if need be.
Here's what the end result of that would look like.
Next, pour whatever latex your using into a small sized container that's big enough to dip the hand into. Dip the hand in allowing the latex to cover the entire surface. Let the excess latex drip off then blow dry. Repeat this process in layers until the hand is at a desirable thickness.
The finished product should look something like the photo above. Then all you have to do is paint it using PAX paints.
The same process can be used for the shoes, or slippers in this case.
As you can see here you really can create anything in layers with the built-up method.
Then just paint to your desired effect.
9 Jul 2011I recently finished animating on one of the new Mcdonald's smoothie commercials for Buck studios. It was a combination of stop-motion and CG utilizing a motion control rig so that the transitions between the two would appear seamless when composited together. To view the entire commercial go here: Mcdonald's Commercial. In the meantime, if you enjoy watching two dudes handling fruit in tight quarters then you'll love the production photos below.The other stop-motion animator who was on the shoot is a super-cool guy named Chris Rodgers. Check out his website here: milkmanmelvin.com-Al-fun-so
9 Jun 2011The steps I took in creating the pants for this puppet are very similar to the way I made the shirt, but I'll go through each step just so it's easier to visualize.
First I created a fabric template out of paper.
I then pinned the template to puppet double checking the look/fit of the back and front of the pant leg.
Once I was content with that, I traced my templates onto a pair of old jeans with a chalk pencil.
I cut out the design.
I then sewed about 3/4 of the back and front section of one pant leg together (while inside out). The other top quarter that is not sewn together will later be used to join the two legs together. I also left about 1/4 of an inch at the bottom for the pants to be rolled up like you see in the final picture.
Next, I flipped the pant leg out to it's correct side and checked to see how it was fitting on the puppet. It's always a good idea to leave a little extra material on the top of the pants. That way if you need to make some slight adjustments to the length you'll be able to do it without having to cut out and sew an entirely new pant leg.In the final step I join the two pant legs together at the top 1/4 that was previously left unstitched. Then I flipped the pants inside out to their correct side, use some hot glue to roll up the pant cuffs at the bottom and BAM! You no longer have to worry about animating a naked puppet.-Fonz