Bouncing Light For Stop Motion Animation

I had a question recently through our webmaster address asking “Anyway my question is that in movies I see people for lighting use a direct light and bounce it off of something. It is usually a silver or white colorWould that work for better lighting if you bounced say a board wrapped in tin foil or painted white or maybe one of those things u stick in your car window to stop the sun from coming in.” I answered as follows.. In regard to the bouncing light issue..I would say this..The reason animators bounce light is to avoid glare or shiny spots on the characters. This happens if the light is too strong. So there are two ways to dampen the effect  1 – Bounce the light ( as you say ) or 2 – Use a light dampener such as putting greaseproof paper over the light. Be careful not to put it too close to the bulb as it will eventually start to burn. Bouncing the light can work but it takes up space on your set (where sets are small this is an issue ) and it can be time consuming trying to get the perfect deflection angle etc So I would advise getting some GreaseProof paper (available in baking stall of shops ..its used in baking as it is heat proof Let me know how you get on. However there is one other way..which might work in some circumstances…using the set to block / dampen the light eg. This shot is from one of my favourite brickfilms from a guy called.. Lindsay Fleay The film was made in 2004 with a Cine Camera ( http://www.rakrent.com/mp/mp.htm) A work of genius But […]

Legomation.com Gone –> StopMotionCentral.com Arrives

After a year or so, the legomation.com website is taking early retirement. Due to an issue with an alleged trademark infringement we have decided to move to a new domain StopMotionCentral.com. The legomation site was a success as far as we can make out..we got plenty of visitors and held a successful stop motion brickfilm competition. We had feedback from those new to stop motion saying that the site helped them to get started. They said the brickfilm tutorials were clear and easy to follow. The new site we have decided to branch out a bit by including all types of stop motion such as claymation ( clay animation ) 2D animation etc. while keeping the brickfilm or legomation side of things going also. We also have started a WIKI – called StopMoPedia.  It will be cover all you need to know about stop motion animation in a wiki format. So get editting and add an entry. So I hope you visit us and join the forum, visit our blog and our new WikiPedia called “StopMoPedia”.
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