- About Me
I've been a professional stop motion animator since around 1990.
I mostly work with latex - either liquid latex build-up, or cast foam latex puppets, and have recently been trying out silicone.
- modelmaking, sculpting, animating, lighting, photography .... hey, that's all stop motion!
- Susannah Shaw's Craft Skills for Model Animation, Ken Priebe's Art of Stop Motion, where you might spot a photo or two of mine! And Barry Purves' 2 books, and many others, where you won't.
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I've been tied up for ages, working on films for two other directors, so I have had to leave my
own projects gathering dust. One is called Butterflies -
- I'm animating a few shots, mainly the ones with dialog. My last shot will be later this week, then I have a little bit of post production effects to add for them. The other is Grace Under Water (no website yet), where I've been building the sets, and there is still a way to go with that.
Eventually I hope to get back to my Edgar Allen Poe project, but that may be another 3 months.
are you still working on something bigger?
This is an armature I'm working on, I made it using alternative materials.
Those programs belong to the ABC, not to me.
Contact ABC Content Sales -
We are interested in licensing your Good Riddance series and Turtle World for broadcast in China. Through you directly or ABC?
I replied at your profile.
My name is Daniel Templeton and I am currently a student studying a three year animation course at UWE Bristol. As part of my 2nd year module, Professional Practice, I have created a Research questionnaire which will form part of my findings into the role of an animator.
I would be most grateful if you would be prepared to complete the questionnaire as part of my research, as it would give me a more considered idea of what the role/job involves.
I look forward to hearing from you
I don't know what else to use. But new, fresh latex has enough ammonia in it already, so you can probably add some paint without it making it set or form lumps. Don't add the paint to the main container of latex, mix up a small amount in a small cup and see how you go. I keep my flesh coloured latex in a 35mm film container, but since people stopped taking stills on film those are getting harder to find. The container for the dipping sauce for Vietnamese rice paper rolls is a good size.
As the latex gets older some ammonia evaporates so then it is more prone to going lumpy if something is added.
I got my ammonia many years ago, before people started using it to make bombs or whatever, so it wasn't hard to buy back then.
thanks for the help, ill be sure to do that :)
You can get liquid latex from Barnes Products in Sydney - they also stock plasters, silicones, plasticine,
and lots of other moulding and casting materials. I usually get the thinner Spraying Latex, not the Brushing stuff.
The quick-setting epoxy putty - I use Selley's from Bunnings hardware - is hard to get a good finish on because it doesn't give you much working time. But if you dip your fingers in water you can smooth the surface. It doesn't seem to hurt it if a bit of water mixes in, it still sets. Mostly I just use it for adding bones to the armature wire, not for detailed sculpts. If I want to sculpt a face or something where I need more time, I use an artist's epoxy modelling paste like Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Similar stuff, and also smooths well with water, but a couple of hours working time instead of 3 or 4 minutes. Barnes have that in stock as well, under Sculpting Supplies. Their online store will give you the address in Sydney - I'm in Melbourne so I don't know where it is. Their website:
thanks for that. ya i just use it for my armatures and it likes to stick to my fingers so ill be sure to try out your tip :)
i use the same epoxy stuff, but it gets all sticky and ends up looking really rough, no where as near as good looking as yours. any tips?
also i live in sydney and was wandering if you could recommend a place of where you can get liquid latex from
My ammonia is about 30 years old, and will last me a few years more, so I haven't really looked for it. It's a 2 litre container, and i use tiny amounts. I think I may have asked a pharmacy to order it in for me... or maybe that was something else.
I didn't know about it's use in bomb making... I can see how that would make it hard to get all right.
Damn, thought that might be the case.
I'll try getting a Chemist to source some for me.
Have you been able to buy Pure Ammonia at all recently?
Or that which is appropriate to add to Liquid Latex?
Seems far too hard to find than it used to be.
All the major stores don't appear to stock it anymore because of its bomb making attributes.
You are an example to follow, for all your dedication and love for the stop motion animation.
All the best on your present and future films!
I favor the design and creation of the characters, and have enjoyed the numerous shorts you have produced.