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I've got a few drill bits somewhere - not sure how many or in what condition. No wood screws. There's some verrrrry old wood glue in there - might be good, might be cement. Got some gorilla glue though. That stuff's awesome. Saved my swiffer, two pairs of shoes so far!

Found an old Manfrotto super clamp around here and am going to dig out my lighting stands today, which along with the $5 cellphone tripod adapter, should be adaptable to a top-down camera. Jimmyrigged for now.

Can't wait to get started playing with sets and materials. I've been collecting bits and pieces from yard sales for some time - fish tank gravel, rocks, craft materials, glitter, sand and so on to use for this.

The goal for now is to get the main overhead set up, and to just learn the basic process for several types of techniques: have a working set area with camera setup. Alongside that, I'd like to get a basic workflow down for digital animation for watercolor and for drawing (although my drawing is a bit lacking so I'm working on those skills too - proportions and such).

Then the process of coming up with script ideas will begin.

The sets video is a long one, so I'm going to review some of it this morning.


Hi LER, that all sounds good. Wood working isn't all that scary once you get into it. In fact it can be a lot of fun. The only thing I'd add is you should try to get a few good drill bits, some wood screws and wood glue. A little goes a very long way. So if you have to build a down shooting rig/set/rig - the simpler the better. It's only when someone over-thinks things that it can get frustrating. Just have fun with it and the rest will follow.


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Thank you. Sorry, thought I had responded to your post! I've turned my attention to other things and am now coming back to this .

That's a very clever idea to put a webcam next to the camera. Figured out I could use my Android phone, and am now to trying to find a quick and easy way to hook up a top-down stand. Have tripods for the straight-on shot but am stuck on the high-up shot stand.
Still working on the workflow. I'm not really set up for things to work together yet.

Am going to go back through the video you made some time ago about making a set. I'm 101 when it comes to tools, having only a few very basic hand-me-down things - little electric saw, a drill, a sander, none of which I have ever used. So there's a woodshop learning curve as well.
I'm ready to dive in and looking forward to the info on this site.


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