the-puppeteer

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Wanted to drop in and share one of the projects that’s taking my time up currently!
After 2 and a half years of 2D I decided this semester to switch to stop motion, and I absolutely love it so far. This was my first puppet and while some stuff could be better I’m super satisfied
Expect to see more puppets in the future!!

FF #300:

Uncle: I think when and if I get married, I’m going to use this as the art on my invitations. That’ll make the family glad.

Anyway, why don’t you start us off by telling us why you chose this issue?

@traincat: There are two things that can get me to read any comic, and that’s Johnny Storm and weddings, so in theory this should be my favorite issue. It’s not, but in theory. One of my favorite things about long running superhero comics is how malleable canon get. Nothing is sacred! You write Johnny Storm marrying Ben’s true love and 57 issues later, Tom DeFalco’s saying this Alicia is actually a shapeshifting alien spy from outer space after one issue of foreshadowing! Anything’s possible! It’s the kind of storytelling you can’t really accomplish with a lot of other mediums. I love that sense that anything can happen, as long as it’s for the drama.

That being said, Ben and the Puppet Master are both big moods here.

Stop-Motion Moana

“We can rebuild her… We have the technology… We know the way!”

A few months ago I ripped apart a Moana doll and made it into a stop-motion puppet using a kinetic armature kit.  

The walk cycle above was the first thing I animated with this puppet, and was just a throw-away practice test with no green screen. I had never done a walk cycle in stop-motion before and soon discovered how difficult animating a straight-ahead cycle within a localized space with no retakes could be.

I showed the cycle to my dad while he was holding my Moana puppet in his hand and he seemed more impressed with this crappy test than the actual animation I did on the movie! I think the combination of him holding the puppet, and then seeing it come to life on the video before him was what blew him away. I guess that’s the appeal and magic of stop-motion. :)

Here’s a second test I animated for fun:

I read that it’s best to have the foot joints nice and tight to hold the weight of the puppet, and have the arms looser.  It’s amazing how much weight those toe and foot ball-joints could hold for the falling poses:

Probably, my last little tribute to “evil entity” of Heinous (Meteora)

After the Monday episode, I thought that the creators will turn her into a sort of advanced techno-vampire (who drains the life out of young girls with the help of technology, not fangs) but I like it even more the way the events unfolded in the end!

P. S. - by the way, remember that this “vampire” needs didn’t go anywhere, so far I don’t expect that she will swing to the “bright side” immediately…