Entries from December 2009

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Brown cellophane update

I suggested recently that puppet animators should rush to their local supermarket to buy Christmas puddings for their rare brown cellophane wrapping. For, as we know, brown cellophane is key to producing realistic tea-pouring effects in stop-frame animation. But no! It turns out I was mistaken. There is another, simple way to create the same […]

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Puppet animators – buy your Christmas pudding now!

Anyone who has ever tried to animate a puppet pouring tea will probably have come across the advice to use brown cellophane as their material. I’m sure I’ve seen it in an Aardman book – probably Cracking Animation. But of course when I actually needed to animate a puppet pouring tea – for my short […]

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Stopframe volunteers wanted

Anyone interested in working on a new puppet stopframe film should contact Michael Please as soon as possible. I posted recently about Michael’s nice short puppet film called Spectacular View. Apparently there’s a new film in the works. Michael is looking for people to help out with set, puppet and prop making on the much larger-scale The […]

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Spectacular View

Here’s a nice, short stopframe animation using some of my favourite things: A nice, retro, Victorian-style design Flat, cut-out, 3D sets and puppets The film is by Michael Please. You can see it on his site here. Unfortunately it doesn’t let you see it at full-screen, or any bigger than the small frame size shown […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Indonesian pixellation madness

Here’s the craziness that happens when you mix a French artist with a group of Indonesian puppet makers. My former Bristol Animation Course colleague Anaïs Ruch has spent the past few months in scenic Yogakarta in Indonesia, battling with 40-degree heat and working with the Papermoon Puppet Theatre. This is the result: It’s a cool […]