Archives for category: Stop-Motion Animation

While updates may have been scarce from me in the past few months, work has continued. With ten days to go until the animation must be done (plus post & audio) we are pushing through to the end. Today I decided to step back for a moment to start to see how things will look cut together. The sequence is still a bit incomplete — infomercial graphics to come! — but it’s a good start on seeing how things are coming together!

More updates to come…

-Andrea

So, here is a teeny tiny bit of animation to share with you. This is first thing I have animated since last spring, so I’m a bit rusty, but this clip will show you how our puppets, set, lighting and everything came together. I’m really pleased with the quality of the colors- how muted and pastel they are, it is really the look we were going for. Anyway, enjoy:

love,

sam

Hello everyone,

So, I am very pleased to say that with the exception of some shoes and snaps, our workout puppets are completed. I am incredibly happy with how they have turned out, I am amazed to step back at this point of the process and realize that Andrea and I created every single part of these dolls. They were once just something completely imaginary, but now they are real puppets that look very much how we always thought they would. Here are some pictures of how they turned out:

Oh and I looked down while I was working to witness a secret puppet romance, some stolen puppet kisses:

Swear I didn’t put them like that.

Anyway, here are some pictures of an opera singer puppet that sculpture student Natalie Burrows has been working on. Natalie is one of the new eleven students working with us and I could not be more impressed by what she came up with. I absolutely love this puppet which is made from fimo modeling clay for the head, bust and hands, and a wire and cotton batting body. Note the beauty marks!

In addition to puppet construction coming to an end for this part of the project, we are just about done with the workout room set. I am really loving it, it’s very full-house-esque (more uncle joey than uncle jesse).. With our vision realized, I actually think I was subliminally inspired by Stephanie’s jazzercise phase. Who knew?

Another note, animator Justin Kohn is in town and I feel so lucky to be getting to know him. He has been working in this industry for 30 years and has worked on many of things we think about about when someone mentions the words “stop-motion”. Justin has animated for the likes of Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, The Life Aquatic, James and the Giant Peach, and many, many, many more projects. He will be running workshops throughout the week to teach us more about armature building, rigging and animation performance. Also, Wednesday night, he will be making a public presentation of some of his work as well as answering any questions you may have about this industry. So, if you are interested, Wednesday night at 8pm in Walter Hall! (same room that Coen Brothers storyboard artist, J. Todd Anderson, presented, for those of you who attended that.)

And finally, I am so pleased to say that we not only met our fundraising goal of $1000 in 7 days flat, but we have now surpassed that amount, totaling $1,140!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who helped us out, I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many supportive people. The money eases so many stresses surrounding the completion of this project and helps make this all possible. So, again, thank you.

Well that is all for now. Keep checking back because before long we will hopefully have some animation for you to check out!

love,

Sam

All the work we’ve put in the last four weeks(!) is finally paying off into tangible puppets!

After a couple evenings work I’ve flushed out 8 feet (giving us a few for back-ups) allowing the puppets to stand, even without using the tie downs!

On top of that our three groups who are producing the television channels (shorts w/in a short) have been showing considerable progress over the past week and we’re both very excited to see how their shorts come together.

Sam has been building up the bodies of the puppets even more, which means that I can now start working on their costuming. I’ve picked out some great fabrics which will fit within the color scheme I’ve been imagining (salmon pink/aqua/light purple) and have sketched out some of the initial designs for the costumes (photos soon!).

Nathan has been working on building the stages and foundations for our two sets.

The goal is to try and pull all these elements together so that we can start our animation on Feb. 5.

The biggest challenge facing us now is getting our armatures for the arms and heads floated correctly with in our mold (no wires sticking out). So far we’ve been unsuccessful (though really really close). The problem with this is the 5+ hour wait time before we know if it was floated right — so the guess & check process moves very slowly.

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Through these past couple weeks we just have to remember — the process is the point — the process is the point – the process is the point—

— and no matter what… Don’t Panic!

We’ve been pushing forward with our puppets.

We”ve completed three molds – with three nearly done.

We hope by the end of the night we’ll have six molds, leaving only two left!

Along with that we’ve been continuing work on our armatures, we have the very base design of the wire armature completed and are working on the attachments for the arms, legs and head as well as building up their bones.

Here’s the first batch, unfortunately their arms are a little two short for what we want but good practice nonetheless — and an added decoration to our studio space.

AAAAND….. WE’RE OFF!

A new year and a new mess at our studio space.

Sam and I have been in a puppet making frenzy over the last couple days, with still more to do. We’ve made a pretty good start — making the base of the wire armature’s for the aerobics girls as well as making molds of their hands and head.

Still to go… ball and socket armature for our couch potato (an intimidating task!) and building up the aerobics girls puppets — building up their bones with epoxy, then snipping some foam for their torsos. Not to mention crossing our fingers that our molds set right, and plugging in three heads of hair — and of course costuming!

-Andrea

First post! We’re so excited about starting this project. Yesterday we went over our exact sequencing of events, and over the next 4-5 weeks we will begin the fabrication of our sets, costumes, and puppets. Starting in January we hope to begin animation. So stay tuned for more updates, posts, pictures, and teasers!