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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:

jemsquash  asked:

You're the perfect mix of salty and logical and I need help writing about a Naruto fail close to your heart. How do you think a situation would go with someone directly confronting Hiruzen about smol Naruto's living situation? I'd like to have a character reach over and throttle him, but that's probably not the right way to deal with a military dictator. Would he fail to see the problem, or play the bigger picture card?

There’s a plot hole here that I think is basically impossible to reconcile and which is caused by Kishimoto’s poor planning.

Basically, from a meta story perspective, Naruto needs to be in the dark about his origins. So the story tries its “everyone in the village is forbidden to talk about Naruto actually having the Nine Tailed Fox sealed within him and also him being the Fourth’s son, and also we’re going to give Naruto his mother’s surname” The reason being “to protect Naruto from enemies of the village/his father.”

Okay so far as it goes. Yes, it’s impossible in reality to expect an entire city to be able to keep that kind of a secret, especially in a world where we’re shown that the villages actively spy on each other, but I might be willing to suspend disbelief for that.

The problem is that Kishimoto then decided to make Naruto’s mother the previous jinchuuriki and to make her clan, the Uzumaki, such a powerful and famous clan that the swirl symbol everywhere in Konoha was in their honour. This immediately makes the entire thing absurd and goes beyond “willingly suspend your disbelief” level for me, personally. In what possible universe could giving Naruto the surname Uzumaki hide him from enemies? In the universe Kishimoto gave him that surname–a universe where the surname Uzumaki didn’t mean anything much.

So you’ll need to be careful writing any scene touching on this issue because the second you draw the reader’s attention to it, everyone realizes how absurd the situation is and the stated reasoning behind Naruto’s growing up in ignorance falls to shreds. An idiot wouldn’t come up with that kind of plan, and Hiruzen is supposed to be this extremely smart guy? It just doesn’t work as anything except “the writer fucked up and decided he wanted the Uzumaki to be awesome more than he wanted continuity”.

Sooooo let’s agree to retcon “we kept your heritage a secret to hide you from enemies!!!!” Because that’s bullshit. Cool. Now what?

A more plausible reason for the facts we want to keep for meta reasons–Naruto doesn’t know who he is, what’s inside him, and why–is that Naruto’s background is being specifically held back from Naruto and the other children because the adults don’t know how a small child will handle that kind of information. It’s being kept from Naruto because he might freak out (in a really BIG way), and it’s being kept from his peers because kids might blurt that kind of thing out.

Under this scenario, Naruto’s surname is changed in case Naruto would draw the connection to the surname of the Fourth (whose face looks a lot like Naruto).

I know fandom likes to write “people were constantly beating Naruto up” type scenarios for Naruto’s childhood, and then lately SP has been coming out with the opposite, in those weird filler episodes where Naruto was buddies with everyone (fuck outta here with that shite), but what I see in the manga, and what honestly makes a lot of sense, is not that he was persecuted, just that he was shunned, that businesses locked their doors when they saw him coming and mothers pulled their kids off the playground and ran home.

Why do I say it makes a lot of sense? Well, when Kishimoto wrote the Chuunin Exams and everything with Gaara he hadn’t actually come up with the jinchuuriki concept yet, but we’ll pretend we’re dealing with a reality in which “jinchuuriki” is a known concept. At the same time as Naruto is alive, there is a jinchuuriki of his age in an allied village who keeps killing people. All the sordid details of his infancy and early childhood probably wouldn’t have filtered to the outside world, but “baby tailed beast holder keeps killing adult ninjas” absolutely would have.

In such a world, would you want to go near your village’s Sealed Evil in a Baby? We might like to think we would, and while somebody should have (more on that in a minute), the fear is pretty rational here, and especially not wanting your kid to play with this kid. But you’re forbidden from telling your kid why. So you just gotta say “don’t play with that kid because He’s Bad.”

Now, further thought on Naruto’s living situation. It’s pretty obviously the norm in Naruto society for orphans to live alone. Not only Naruto, but Iruka, Kakashi, and Sasuke are all shown as living alone while academy aged. So in one sense, Hiruzen isn’t giving Naruto any kind of especially cruel treatment here; it’s just that it’s a cruel society generally. But it’s consistent with “society that has child soldiers,” so I’d say this is decent worldbuilding, really.

Therefore it would be difficult to believably get someone entrenched in this society to call this out, you’d have to really work at it. Kakashi, who lived it, isn’t appalled by Naruto living alone; he’s appalled by Naruto not doing his chores. Iruka, who also lived it, doesn’t quite come to the point of fully realizing that this is wrong, but he does empathize with Naruto and acknowledge the pain of the living situation, even if he isn’t to the point of saying that Naruto shouldn’t be in that living situation.

Okay, so where could someone within this society believably call Hiruzen out and actually have the hit connect? I think it’s going to be two points:

1. Minato and Kushina specifically asked Hiruzen to care for Naruto. Hiruzen may think his “kindly hair ruffle when I see him around” etc act is enough to fulfill this promise, but I think he could be nailed on this point.

2. Hypocrisy of Konohamaru’s treatment vs. the other orphans. Ohhhhh boy is this one ripe for exploitation and if I was going to have a character call Hiruzen out, this is the bell I would ring. Why doesn’t Naruto have a private tutor? I’m gonna repeat that again and bold it, Why doesn’t Naruto have a private tutor? He’s a jinchuuriki, who are supposed to become weapons for their village–why aren’t they training their own weapon?!

Okay, I hope that helps, and please send me a link to your writing when you post it! :D

my favorite parts of ragnarok (because i need to list them out)

i’m literally sorry y’all i just gotta relive this masterpiece. definitely gonna misquote everything but you get the gist 

  • “BEHOLD… my stuff.”
  • taika’s infamous shakewake literally making a cameo
  • sam niell’s presence 
  • thor *arrives* loki: *spittake* o shit
  • “i swear i left him right here.” 
  • the weirdly flawless selfie thor takes with those girls 
  • *thor’s hammer smashes all of doctor stranger’s shit* ssssssssorryyyyyy……. 
  • literally valkyrie’s entire existence 
  • “anywhere else in the universe i’d be like a billion years old but here…….” *weird goldblum face journey* *loki and thor stare at each other*
  • “she’s the, starts with a b—” “trash”
  • “i tried to start a revolution but no one showed up… except my mum, and her boyfriend who i hate so…”
  • loki, mouthing: then you, and me… *makes leaving motion*
  • “piss off ghost!… he’s friggin’ gone.”
  • loki’s blank trauma-fueled expression upon seeing the hulk
  • “sun’s getting real low… sun’s… sun’s getting REAL low buddy… sun’s getting–”
  • “YES! YES! THAT’S HOW IT FEELS!… sorry, i just love sports.”
  • the fact that hulk now has a personality and bonded with thor independently of bruce
  • “oh! very naked… ah, it’s in my mind now…”
  • the revengers 
  • “he turned into a snake and he knows i love snakes, so i picked it up to admire it and he turned back into himself and was like “ARRGH IT’S ME”. and he stabbed me. we were eight at the time.”
  • the orgy leisure ship 
  • “did she just saw the grand master uses this for orgies?” “yes… don’t touch anything”
  • “I CAN’T FLY AN ALIEN SPACE SHIP” “use one of your phDs!!!!” 
  • loki making 0.00001 seconds of eye contact with the tesseract and everyone in the theater screaming 
  • when the hulk attacks the giant fire dude and everyone’s like “NO DUDE DON’T”
  • “The damage is not too bad. As long as the foundations are still strong, we can rebuild this place. It will become a haven for all peoples and aliens of the universe……. oh. No those foundations are gone. Sorry.“ 
  • “if you were really here i’d hug you.” “i’m here.”
  • “king of asgard” *thor awkwardly waves to entire population of asgard behind him*
  • “it’s a tie”
Thor Ragnarok Sentence Starters
  • “ Last time we saw you, you were trying to kill everyone. “
  • “ We’re the same, you and I.  “
  • “ I have to get off this planet!  “
  • “ We’re gonna get outta here. “
  • “ As long as the foundations are still strong, we can rebuild this place. “
  • “ A creepy old man cut my hair off! “
  • “ So much has happened since I last saw you! “
  • “ Then I went on a journey of self-discovery. “
  • “ Then I met you. “
  • “ It all got too corporate “
  • “ I don’t hang with them anymore. “
  • “ How did you end up here? “
  • “ What are you up to these days? “
  • “I can’t believe you’re alive! I saw you die. I mourned you. I cried for you.“
  • “How was I supposed to know? I can’t the see the future. I’m not a witch.“
  • “ Right here on the sidewalk or right here where the building’s being demolished? “
  • “ I swear I left them right here. “
  • “ I choose to run towards my problems, and not away from them. “
  • “ Because’s that what heroes do. “
  • “ Well, I was thinking that you drink too much and it was probably gonna kill you. “
  • “ So, if I’m gonna die, well, it might as well be driving my sword through the heart of that murderous hag. “
  • “ Do you have a better plan? “
  • “ I still hate it. It’s humiliating. “
  • “ I don’t know your game, but you can not stop me! “
  • “ My destiny is to rule all others. “
  • “ So they’re dead. I’d have liked to have seen that. “
  • “ There’s nothing wrong with women, of course, I like women. “
  • “ I think it’s great, an elite force of women warriors. “
  • “ For once in your life, don’t smash!
  • “  All his deeds of peace… none of what he did to get it! “
  • “  I think you can handle things from here. “
  • “ Now hold still. My hands aren’t as steady as they used to be! “
  • “ You think you’re some kind of sorcerer? Don’t think for one minute, you second-rate… “
  • “ I’m not as strong as you. “
  • “ I just want a chance to prove myself. “
  • “ I’m not a queen, or a monster… “
  • “ By the Eternal Flame, you are reborn! “
  • “ What were you the god of, again? “
  • “ The revolution has begun! “
  • “ Darling, you have no idea what’s possible. “
  • “ Kneel, before your queen. “
  • “ Do you think it’s right to go back to Earth? “
  • “A wise man never seeks out war. But he must always be ready for it"
  • “ Life is about growth and change. “
  • “ Where are the weapons? “
  • “ This team of yours, it got a name? “
  • “ So I’m putting together a team. “
  • “ Where have you been? Everybody thought you were dead! “
  • “ It sounds like you had a pretty special and intimate relationship with (item) and that losing it was almost comparable to losing a loved one. “
  • “ Yeah… it’s probably for the best that we’ll never see each other again.
  • “ And you and I had a fight. “
Unpopular Opinion Time

I’m glad Jack is enjoying Hiveswap. His enthusiasm is giving me the inspiration to work on my series.

But one thing bothers me. That fans of Homestuck told him not to play it because he’ll ruin the fandom.

Children, let me explain something…Jack ain’t gonna ruin shit.

Homestuck fans can be TOXIC. We preach the Quadrants and the Sufferer’s message, but do I need to remind you that there was a group of us that made Hussie HATE working on Homestuck? When the creator CANONLY refers to himself as the Waste of Space, there is a problem, even if it was a self-deprecating joke.

The worst of us are the obnoxious people who get us kicked out of hotels and conventions because they take things too far or ruin property. Not sealing body paint, Gamzees stalking people against their will, other Homestucks choking a John with their hood, the list goes on.

The best of us are drowned out by the voices of the worst. A Grand Highblood reuniting a lost child with their adult, a Cronus helping a fellow cosplayer who got stuck in the mud, a Kanaya helping fix a costume.  I’ve heard very few good stories and seen even less.

Other fandoms hate us because lately, it seems like for every “good” Homestuck, there are three “bad” ones.

So, yeah, Jack ain’t gonna ruin shit, the toxic fans did that already. We can rebuild our reputation, but it will take time.

I dunno if @therealjacksepticeye will see this, but on the very slim chance he does:
Keep enjoying Hiveswap, and if you have time, check out Homestuck. Don’t worry about the fanbase, there’s enough of us that want to see you play it and enjoy seeing you enjoy it. That’s all I got. Don’t work too hard!


So maybe you’ve read Marc’s latest series of tweets on “Epistle 3,″ but if you haven’t, go read them right now because I have a Nuclear Take based on this whole fiasco.

Marc releases a potential plot outline for Half Life 2: Episode 3 in the form of a letter written by Gordon Freeman. Anyone who happens to still care about Half-Life LOSES THEIR MINDS. We all read it. Some are okay with it, a lot aren’t because there’s ooc moments, LOTS of unanswered questions, and plot developments that don’t seem like they’re ever going to be elaborated on. In response to the criticism (presumably), Marc makes that series of tweets.

So what if Marc wants us to change the story around? He mentioned earlier on that Epistle 3 was based on a dream he had years ago, and in this string of tweets he mentions that plot points and writing change a LOT over the development process of something like a game, where you can have dozens and dozens of people all working on one thing. Maybe I’m crazy, but I think Marc actually wants us to take this “ending” and add onto it, change things around, etc. Because one person can’t always see the coolest or most sensible way to do something, he released this screwy plot idea into the wild for the rest of us to be a sort of “writing team” for.

So yeah, Half-Life 3 ain’t dead yet cuz we can resuscitate it

the hilarious thing about mtmte is how little anything has to do with them being robots who can turn into cars. its all like We are tasked with rebuilding the identity of our kind after millenia of what we all believed to be Civil War Without End and everyone has PTSD and people keep Dying Horribly during our Wacky Space Adventures and giving everybody else even Worse PTSD and also a lot of it is Really Funny, Somehow, also we can turn into cars did i mention,

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