Film_Wabbit and Eathenwotring liked Xiakeyra's Profile 5 days ago

Hi Ian,
Regarding your "ZEY The MOUSE" series, is this commercial work done for television? The high quality of the production and animation reminds...
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ianharding Hi, Good to hear from you!, Thank you for comparing the 'Zey The Mouse' series to Canadian TV, more info, January 2023 will be 11 years of 'Zey', Zey has appeared on TV News, Radio Stations, a Magazine, lots of Newspapers and Exhibitions, The series is a passion/labour of love!, us fellow 'Stop-mo' artists, love to keep the medium going, many talented on Animate Clay, like yourself 6 days ago
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Film_Wabbit has liked ianharding's Profile 6 days ago

Sorry for the newbie question...how do I comment on someone's video or photo? Do I do it here on the Network page or is there another way I should... Show more

Film_Wabbit Thank you, Xiakeyra. I was confused because sometimes I see the Comment area come up (such as this time), but often I don't see it. I wasn't sure whether I should be going to the person's page or doing it here. You've been very helpful. 3 weeks ago
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Mr_Force The add comment box is normally at the end of all the comments for a post so some times there are a number of replies that pushes the box down the page you also sometimes have people posting a unrelated post using the wrong box and that leads to a number of posts to something not even related to the original post. If you click on the user of the post and reply directly on their page the web site... Show more 3 weeks ago
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Film_Wabbit Thank you, Mr. Force. I'm probably guilty of some of those inappropriate comments tagged to the the wrong post as I fumbled around trying to figure out how to do this. Thank you Xiakeyra and Mr. Force for clear this up for me. 3 weeks ago
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Xiakeyra...love your Bambi meets Flower claymation. Another fantastic piece of animation magic!

Xiakeyra Thank you very much :-D 4 weeks ago
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Animateclay, that's amazing! So would you use the DALL-E software to do pre-viz and dimensioning for an actual clay puppet or as input for a 3D... Show more

animateclay Yes, it is really good already but it does need improvements if it will be human-level. I really think it's great for inspiration and random ideas. Here's another one. 2 months ago
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Mr_Force Did you tell the program to add a top hat or did it pick that.? 2 months ago
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animateclay For that one I used this as the prompt "various mad hatter designs in the style of claymation that are highly detailed, precise and enthusiastically sculpted" 2 months ago
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Xiakeyra, thank you for sharing that beautiful Last Unicorn animation! There is so much emotion in that piece and your sculpting and animation are... Show more

Animateclay, sounds like a very exciting project! Must be wonderful bringing these historic puppets back to life and timely, too, considering the... Show more

animateclay Thanks, I hope to get some pics in the hopefully near future. The puppets have been re-sculpted but I think the artist needs to find some acrylic balls for the eyes. If he allows me to I'll post some finalized puppet pictures. 2 months ago
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That "Claydream" documentary looks fantastic! It's always interesting to see behind-the-scenes of the animators and studios that contributed so much to the... Show more

Film_Wabbit shared 2 photos in the Clam Digging album 4 months ago

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Wilbro912, no, your animations aren't short and stupid, they are the way that you are learning your craft.

With each animation you complete you are practising your timing and spacing skills, your key poses, and your ability to tell a story through motion. It's easy to get discouraged when we compare our animations to people that have much more experience than ourselves, but you have to remember that their first animations were no better than yours or mine.

The only question you have to ask yourself is "Does this animation look better than my last one?" If the answer is "yes" then you are making progress even though it might not seem like it. If the answer is "no", then ask yourself what it is that you think you can improve. Sometimes our improvement is so slow that we don't notice that we are getting better, but compare the clip you made today with one you made last week, or last month, or last year and the you'll see how much better you are now than you were back then.

Wilbro912, don't get discouraged. Even animation you complete brings you one step closer to the great animator you want to be. One small improvement at a time, that's all it takes.

Looking forward to seeing your next clip!
Fredrick the Film Wabbit

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I agree, humour is a very difficult subject to portray in animation (or any type of film-making) and that's why a lot animators are more drawn to dark subjects, horror, gore, violence, gross-out, etc. I love Aardman Studios because they are the absolute masters in the humour genre. From Morph to Shaun the Sheep, they really know how to make me laugh. That's also why my favourite Laika Studio production is "Missing Link".

It's a lot easier to make people cry than it is to make them laugh, and that's why, for me, humour is the Higher Art.

Keep trying to make people laugh!

Fredrick

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