Greetings Instructable friends!
how many of you have wanted to make your own stop motion films? I am sure everyone has thought of it at some point and if you haven't ... what kind of childhood did you have?
I myself have tried and failed numerous times trying to animate toys and clay, but I have friends who are great at it and love it and so I from time to time make stop motion puppets for there needs, so I am atleast helping out with one of the biggest parts to the animation process the PUPPETS!
stop motion movies have been a hit for years and have recently been coming back with a huge boom and a new audience loving this classic technique and allowing it to once again blow their minds. the nightmare before christmas, james and the giant peach, coraline and my personal favourite Paranorman, all films that have been erupting with new techniques to make a classic animation style take the modern age of movies by storm.
in recent productions there has been an amazing growth with merging different puppet making and animation techniques and now it seems computer animation and even 2D animation all come together to make these new stop motion films incredible. in this instructable I will be showing you how to make a one piece simple armature and puppet. this same technique can be used to make moveable toys and even just still statue pieces you may wish to display. there are many ways and many materials and techniques that one can use to make these puppets and toys, I will be showing you one of them and discussing a few variations that you can also do. this particular puppet i made took me 3 days to complete.
hope you enjoy the ride!
Step 1: Plan it out!
so now is the time to figure out what you want to make and how you will go about this.
for this project we were making a gummy bear warrior, a rogue gummy bear that has cast off the shackles of his normal candy filled world and sets out to right the wrongs done by the evil candy forces. I loved the idea of seeing this gummy bear warrior taking on and killing gummy worms and so that was my main objective to see and you will see exactly what i had in mind at the end of this instructable.
so first step that i did was draw out the size and shape that i roughly wanted my puppet to be. and inside that simple drawing of my puppet i sketch out what i might want my armature to look like. again this project was a simple design that didn't need to be overly complicated but when working on professional armatures they are mainly made up of steel ball and socket joints and bars this is because they need to be able to perform the many task over and over again for months and months and with ball and socket joints when things get to loose you can simple make a very small slice into the puppet and tighten it up again. for my purposes a simple wire armature was more then sufficient. it is important to follow your plans to avoid surprises later.
next step gather your goods!!