Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation

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Lukas
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Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation #1746
All done!



Thanks to anyone who watches! Hope you enjoy!
It turned out a bit longer than I had planned. So much work but also lot of fun!

Now that you mention it Marc, It is designed much like a 2D side scrolling video-game. It even has mini-bosses, lol.

Here's one last "behind the scenes" look from the opening sequence

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1 month 2 weeks ago
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Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation #1745
This is really cool, it reminds me of a 2-D side scrolling video game in some way. Also I didn't really realize the scale of your characters was so small until I saw the lamp and paper next to them. It really puts it in perspective.

As for video editing, there are a lot of choices out there. I do like Sony Vegas, but compared to Adobe Premiere, it's a bit on the limited side. But I make do with it and it does allow you to do most things and is straight forward. The learning curve isn't too steep and it's also not going to break the bank. I think I bought mine for 50 bucks, at least not too bad.
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Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation #1744
That's a great idea! I think those digital mouth stickers would work great on these cats.

Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of software right now. So far I've been getting by using only freeware programs like Photolapse and the demo version of Videopad editor lol.

I think the next real step for me to improve the quality of my videos would defiantly be to get some decent video editing software. Or maybe a program made specifically for stop-motion. I cant afford anything super expensive but I would like this software to have the ability to do two things:
1. Be able to use a green screen so I can can add backgrounds with more depth or even animated backgrounds. This would open up a whole new dimension of possibilities for me.
2. Be able to transparently see my last frame over each new picture I take, So I can make sure there isn't too much movement between each transition. This would just make things easier, especially when animating many things at once. It can be easy to lose track and forget to move something or move to move an object too much for one frame.

Do you (or any one else who reads this) know of any reasonably priced software capable of doing this?

Like most of us, I've been stuck home. so I've been working pretty steady on this project. Animation is almost complete and I'll soon be starting to work on the audio. Here's a few pics;







When we pull back the curtain, things start looking a little less magical...




That's all for now! Peace!

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Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation #1728
Looking good! I think your decision to keep the mouths simple when you have so many cats to animate is the smart move. Technically if you had the software you could always add some digital sticker-like mouths on there after animation like how they did in JoJo's Circus:


But of course it's still a lot of work to do - and it's definitely not necessary. Thanks for sharing and do post your next film when it's completed!
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Rainbow Cat Squad : The Wild Jungle - Claymation #1727
Hey Everyone!
I'm working on a new project.

It's a sequel to this short film I made in January 2019. Before I had a decent camera to work with:

Like this previous episode, The Wild Jungle will feature hand painted backgrounds, original music and the same 8 cats.
I plan on this being about the same time-length but this episode will have a frame rate of 20fps instead of 10fps and have much better video/audio quality.
I'm keeping the design of the cat puppets incredibly simple so I can quickly rebuild them when they get messed up.
Also It will have a brand new intro :)

So far I have the basic story written, the new backgrounds are painted and all my puppets are sculpted (several jungle animals including a lion and a koala ;)
I have started animating but am only in the early stages.

For my previous film I sort of loosely wrote a script, shot the animation, then slightly adjusted the script to fit. This seemed to work for me last time so it is mainly how I'll be doing again this time around. There are a couple of parts, however, that I feel may work better if I record the voices first then animate to match.
I'm curious to hear how some of you animators tackle this.
Undeniably, the fact that the cats have no visible mouths makes things way easier when it comes to lining up script and video. I find animating these 8 characters (and often times more) at once to be quite a challenge without having to worry about moving the mouths to match the spoken words.

I've posted a few pictures from the intro of the film on this website. The intro will show several quick clips of the rainbow cats in different environments partaking in different activities that wont actually happen in the episode itself.




I will continue to update this topic as progress continues. If anyone has any questions, advice or suggestions I would love to discuss them here with you!

Peace
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