February 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm #4022
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The Me Bird by Gabriel Kempers and Maria Ilka Azêdo https://vimeo.com/60763684
Stop-Motion is known for being a very painstaking and detail-oriented craft. Any medium can be used for stop-motion, including live action footage. Most people who have not experimented with stop-motion animation before struggle with getting the frame rate to match the proper timing, which may result in choppy movement. Getting fluid movement requires 12-24 frames per second, a knowledge of animation timing, and some practice.
Time can be saved by shooting 12 frames per second and doubling them for a total of 24 fps, but the rules of timing will still need to apply. The more frames you have, the slower the action will appear when played in real time. In general, it is better to have more frames than not enough, because slow footage can easily be sped up and adjusted in post-production, but there isn’t any way to extend the length of an insufficient number of frames without causing flicker.
Pixilation stop-motion uses staggered frames of live action elements. This type of stop-motion can be rather hard on human actors since they have to remain in still poses for long periods of time. .
Feature-length stop-motion filmmaking has gotten a lot more complex over the years, requiring entire crews to construct intricate sets and puppets. 3D color printing has revolutionized this field, leading to a new modern form of replacement animation.
Stop-motion puppet armatures can be built from wire or custom-milled steel skeletons. The steel ball bearing armature is preferred in the industry since it is more durable and less likely to break.
Stop-motion armature puppets should typically be constructed at a medium scale of 8-12 inches. An armature that is too small will be fragile and difficult to animate or sculpt in fine detail. An armature that is too large will make it nearly impossible to construct the corresponding scale set at a size that will fit in one room.
Metamorphosis or morph animation is particularly suited for claymation and stop-motion. Objects can be made to appear to transform into something else by sculpting different key poses. It takes some experience to create believable transformations, but in the hands of skilled animators it can be very captivating.
Clay is relatively inexpensive compared to many other professional animation supplies and software, so it is a good introductory medium for beginners.
Lego bricks are one of the more unusual mediums for animation. Generally Lego bricks are not considered up to most professional production standards, but with a little creativity it’s surprising how well the plastic toys can work out. The interlocking components are perfect for both replacement and morph animation, and the jointed minifigures can be easily animated as well.
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