It's time to switch things up. This challenge will be a puppet making challenge to test your skills. Puppets can be made of clay, fabric, plastic, wood or found parts. It must be something you can animate. No toys will be allowed.
The topic is Elves!
I would suggest sketching puppets first. Wire armatures will be easiest to make. Then anything goes for the rest as long as it is on topic.
For design ideas, here is what pops up on google images when I did a search:
Post photos in here when you're done to enter and we'll discuss your puppets live on the 22nd. Good luck everyone!
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Hey Xiakeyra, glad to hear from you, it has been a long time! Thanks for your feedback about our challenges. Tamarame has also been busy with school and hasn't had a lot of time for animating. I completely understand - school is very important. I'm glad you still stop by, let's see how things go after these five weeks are up. Puppet making takes less time to do and might be best for everyone if we turn it into a challenge.
OK everyone, I wasn't sure if we should decide during our live show tonight as to what to do about our Robots challenge. Everyone (including me) thinks that Robots is a good topic. I'm going to extend the challenge by another 5 weeks, I suppose there really isn't a reason to change it.
If nobody enters after this stretch of 5 weeks I imagine we'll need to decide what is best for the challenges. Maybe extend them to 10 weeks? Or, try something different like sculpting challenges or character designing competitions? If we need to switch things up, maybe the lack of participation is a sign we should do that. So let's see in 5 weeks what happens. We did (many years back) have puppet making challenges and there were many people who took part.
Good luck everyone!
Thanks Greg, I do wonder why participation has fallen so much as of late. Could it be summer break - everyone is on vacation away from home? Either way, we'll talk about it tonight on our live show and see what ideas we can come up with.
Just a reminder, tomorrow is the deadline for our Robots 5 week stop motion challenge. Make sure to wrap your projects up in time for our live show...Just a reminder, tomorrow is the deadline for our Robots 5 week stop motion challenge. Make sure to wrap your projects up in time for our live show at 8PM central. Show more
Dirty Red informed me of the topic he chose after winning the former 5 week outdoor activities challenge. It's Robots! I don't think we've ever done a robot related topic before so this one should hopefully an interesting one for everyone.
As usual if anyone needs to learn the rules, check out or 5 week challenge rules at the top of our page and good luck!
Hey everyone, it seems again my forum post from last night in here disappeared. I think this previously happened, has anyone else had missing posts?
Anyway, I want to thank Dirty for his amazing submission. The use of cycles to extend the dialogue parts of the film was very smart. Also the use of forced perspective with the fishing bobber was also very well done. Even the animation was smooth across the entire film. So great job Dirty!
I'll be sending Dirty a message and we'll come up with a new topic for the next challenge. So stay tuned and we'll be able to begin soon!
Also, thank you Randy for your funny re-post. They are always funny to watch
No live show tonight everyone. My wife just got back from a 2 week trip. We'll pick up where we left off next week!
Hey everyone, we are extending our 5 week challenge by 2 more weeks. Next Wednesday the 2nd is when my wife comes home from the Philippines. I...Hey everyone, we are extending our 5 week challenge by 2 more weeks. Next Wednesday the 2nd is when my wife comes home from the Philippines. I didn't realize it coincided with our show! So if anyone needed more time to complete your entry, feel free to take the extra time. Show more
Hi Dirty, thanks for entering the challenge. I didn't notice you posted your film at the last moment. I'm going to extend this challenge for two weeks. The reason for 2 weeks is that my wife comes home May 2nd from her trip. I will be picking her up at the airport. I didn't realize she got back on a Wednesday. So I'm going to extend this challenge to the 9th of May, how does that sound? Then we can watch your and any other entries together during our live show then.
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