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Nightmare Before Christmas – Rarely seen ‘other’ Armatures

December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017 being my deadline date for posting this and taking advantage of Nightmare Before Christmas, being a ‘TWO Holiday from ONE movie’ bargain (Halloween & Christmas). Just reminder, 25 year anniversary in 2018 since the debut of Nightmare October 13, 1993 … so there is still plenty of time to prepare for whatever partying :D If you can, you should try and watch this at FULL screen in attempt to see armature details & schematics, you can also press the pause to study more, also go to this video directly on the Stop Motion Works Youtube channel to read the brief ‘back-story’ (in the details section, below the video)

In my rush to get the ‘additional armatures’ video out by Christmas, I forgot to include this image below. In the video above, you will see some of the NMBC characters (vampires, mom corpse, cyclops, mermaid) photographed against a black background with faint scale gridlines superimposed in front of them, such as this Igor photo. Those were the original studio CLAY sculptures of the characters that have not been molded yet. Since I had no molds, I asked for full scale size photos of the sculptures so that I could start designing armatures while they where molding the sculptures. After molds where done, I then fitted & assembled the armature parts & components using the actual molds. The size of Igor, from feet to top of hump was about 7 inches (17.7 cm)

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Films - Shorts - Animation, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion, Stop Motion Armatures | No Comments »

‘The Supporting Act ‘- Ad showing on BBC One

December 16, 2017

Okay, here I will first show you behind the scenes (see below). This is stop motion, and also I think, but not certain, perhaps some very subtle CGI facial enhancements.There are quick dancing scenes that are done very fluidly in stop motion. Yes, the animators did match the frame by frame puppet moves to ‘live action of a real person dancing’, but it was painstakingly done by the animator’s HANDS & EYES moving the puppet. From what they revealed, there does not seem to be any kind of Motion Capture used.

For the Technical Stop Motionists – In the more acrobatic dance moves, you will see the strategic use of puppet support rigs. You will likely have to watch many times or freeze frame the video The stop motion puppets as they are dancing, do 360 Degree spins with a puppet rig ‘attached’! Watching it a few times, I think I know how they did the puppet spinning in air with puppet rigs. What I did was, I download the ad/video and watched the animation and the puppet rig’s action, one frame at a time, or in slow motion using the Quicktme movie player.

BBC Christmas 'Behind The Scenes'

Want to see how we made this years BBC One Christmas film…'The Supporting Act'?

See more of Elliot's work here: http://bit.ly/2i9EsR5

Posted by Blinkink on Monday, December 11, 2017

This is the finished animation …..

READ – How the BBC made a stop-motion Christmas ad to capture real British life

Blinkink – animation studio (UK)

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Commercials-Ads-TV-Net, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion, Stop Motion Armatures | 1 Comment »

Nickelodeon new ID bumper spots – NOT Stop Motion

December 9, 2017

Nickelodeon new ID bumper spots – NOT Stop Motion

If you (or your kids actually) watch Nickelodeon and see these spots,…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Saturday, December 9, 2017

Topics: Commercials-Ads-TV-Net, Stop Motion | 1 Comment »

Earth vs Flying Saucers – Aerial Flying Rig

December 9, 2017

Ray Harryhausen & Aerial Rig

CLICK to see larger image ….

Earth vs Flying Saucers - Harryhausen revisits Aerial Rig

Watch teaser clip ….
‘Earth vs. the Flying Saucers’ (colorized version)

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Special Effects, Stop Motion | No Comments »

INZOMNIA – Stop Motion feature film from Mexico

November 13, 2017

INZOMNIA – Stop Motion feature film from Mexico

Interesting. Also the initial production budget for this 'feature'…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Monday, November 13, 2017

Topics: Films - Shorts - Animation, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | 2 Comments »

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