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Dr. Office Visit July 22, 2016

Our characters visit the Doctor for an uncomfortable update to their medical situation. The voice of the doctor was acted with medical gravitas by Austin Bunn.

Dr Puppet Parts

Dr Puppet Parts

animation stand

Dr Office Scene on animation stand

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Categories: Tongue Project

Unintended Collage July 9, 2016

Before paper puppets are assembled, the pieces often arrange themselves into pleasing collage compositions.

ucskull

Unintentional Collage. “Her Skull Is Always Smiling on the Inside.”

uclimbs

Unintentional collage. “Aether Condenses on Ghostly Limbs.”

ucinfinity

Unintended collage. “The God-Head Contemplates Writing Equations Defining Infinity”

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Articulated Tongue Construction February 2, 2016

1 Tongue Sketch2 draw segments3 cut out

  1. The shape for the puppet is first sketched, making sure to draw in where the articulation points connect.
  2. Transfer shapes to the material puppet will be made from. I use Seral graphite paper to trace the shapes.
  3. Cut out pieces and punch joint holes at articulation point.

t1

Now your are ready to animate your big, floppy tongue.

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A Whopping 15 Seconds. September 21, 2015

Here is a whopping 15 seconds of animation from the new project, Lingua Absentia.  All animation is in camera shot on a multi-plane animation stand with 2d, jointed, paper puppets.  Stay tuned!  There’s more to come!

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Patient is Ready July 7, 2015

The Doctor will see you now.  A quick render of the mouth puppet in action with the Doctor.  Now with real working flashlight! Click for GIF

Animated mouth from inside looking out

Animated mouth from inside looking out

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DIY Animation Stand June 9, 2015

DIY Animation Stand

DIY Animation Stand

DIY Animation Stand:
72 ” x36″x18″ steel freestanding shelving unit; custom cut glass; clamp lights.
You can get the shelving unit at pretty much any hardware store. The Center pane isn’t adjustable, but you can customize the height of the others. Acquiring the glass is a bit more challenging.  Attempting to cut it yourself from a storm window will inevitably end in an uncomfortable amount of blood and several tears.  Find a glass shop that can supply the glass and cut the pieces for you.  I’m using 3/16″ thick clear, tempered panes.
Another tip: Use a circular polarizing filter to shoot.  It will save you a headache from dealing with reflections.  I’m using the Hoya Pro1 Circular PL.

 

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Gnashing Internal Teeth June 2, 2015

Gnashing Mouth

Gnashing Mouth

Shifting perspectives from external to internal.  We look out of the gnashing mouth from the blistery inside.  Stop motion animation puppet test for the upcoming “Tongue” project.

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