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Tag: Animation

New 3d printable, ModiBot 'Character Creator' parts released at Tinkercad.com

Just in time for the New Year, ModiBot has released a variety of new 3D printable action accessories, storytelling props and rigging fixtures for stopmotion animation.

Each image has a 3d viewer that will allow you to orbit around the items and zoom in to see the details. Just click the title to 'Copy and Tinker' them or just download the 3d print files from our profile at Tinkercad.com or stop by and check out our Thingiverse designs for even more printable ModiBot files.

Martial Arsenal- A slew of Japanese, printable weapons for your next training video or streetfight, including new wrapped staff accessory.

 

Arm/Leg sleeve set- Add some bulk to your 'bots, or just a bit of color with these snap-on arm and leg covers.

 

Tutu- Yes, a tutu! How many weapons and male-themed accessories have we made? It's time we started to introduce some accessories for animating a wider variety of diverse and spectacular feats of human physicality.

 

Buccaneer theme accessory set- Shiver me timbers! Need some pirate-themed props and costuming for your Mo. Here's a bit to get you started.

 

Screw-mount base for stopmotion- Now you can print your own secure surface mount for creating an external animation rig. It has a ball attachment for using extra arm and leg parts for capturing action cycles and acrobatics.

 

Umbrella kit- Last, but not least, we've had a surprising amount of requests for an umbrella. Maybe we'll get to some amazing 'Singin' in the Rain' shorts? Who knows?

Simple stopmotion set-up using MoBility torso and two Mo figures

ModiBot is extremely versatile for a wide variety of diy projects, but did you know it’s also a great way to jump in and try your hand at stopmotion animation? 

Enter the MoBility Torso Kit- I’ve updated our high-articulation torsos to allow users to plug a ball into the spin of a Mo figure. This torso has 5 additional points of articulation not found on the basic Mo figures. So upgrading your Mo figure is a snap, by just switching out the basic torso with the MoBility upgrade. This torso gives your figure that extra bounce needed for telling a believably expressive story and includes an additional attachment point in the spine which is perfect for adding an external support rig. 

This additional rig set-up is what give your movements life by providing support when the figure is on a single foot or hanging in the air. The adaptive rig is easy to make using a second Mo figure kit and can be clamped down to a table edge using simple clamps or clips. Additional arm/leg segments can be added or removed to change the length in difficult shots. As an added bonus, try using the bright green figure for green screen effects and to make it easy to remove the rig in post-production. 

Once you learn the basics of animation, the Mo figure offers an easy jumping-off point for designing and fabricating your own animation character puppets. Light-weight materials work the best, so consider using things like pipe cleaners, masking tape or simple cloth to flesh out your designs. If you have access to a 3d printer, we also offer some simple, printable upgrades to change the look of your figure and add some props for telling your story. The sky’s the limit!

You can find the Mobility torso kit in white located here in our shop or choose from  variety of colors available on demand at our ModiBot Custom Shop at Shapeways . If you'd like buy the entire kit, you can grab it all in the ModiBot Stopmotion Starter Set.

Visual FX for stopmotion- Featured artist: Tony Booth a.k.a Flash Flanker

Visual FX for stopmotion This short called ‘Dark Soul’ is from newcomer Tony Booth a.k.a Flash Flanker. What I love about Tony’s approach here is that he instantly starts out creating a feeling that the world is off-kilter. The flashing imagery and severe lighting make the scenes fell more creepy even though they are well […]

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Green screen animation technique- Featured artist: Mauricio Lozano

Green screen animation technique This clip below from Mauricio Lozano features several higher-level animation techniques. The first is filming against a green screen. This compositing technique allows you to crop out the background and replace the it with a photograph or 3d modeled scene. As you can see from the final composite, this technique is […]

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Green screen animation technique- Featured artist: Mauricio Lozano

How to use ModiBot with green screen for visual effects animation.

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Diy figure stand for animation and aerial posing

Here’s a quick tip for better action and flying poses- Use leftover parts or reassemble another Mo figure to build your own diy figure stand.  

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Make a DIY figure stand for animation and aerial posing

How to make your own figure stand for ultimate ModiBot posing and stopmotion animation!

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Mo as a simple stop motion animation armature

ModiBot Mo works great as a stop motion animation armature. It’s amazing to see how much time, passion and hard work Mike put into this short. I love that you can’t even see the bots beneath and the hand-made clothing truly brings the animation to life. Great work, Mike. Really inspiring! See more of his […]

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ModiBot Mo figure as simple stopmotion animation puppet

How to use ModiBot Mo figure kit as a stopmotion animation armature for designing custom puppets.

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ModiBot Kickstarter video: Sneak peek

Countdown to ModiBot Kickstarter! Hoping to go live with lots of fun kits on Tuesday Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun characters available.

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