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Posted by decoy, on 2006-05-09 00:20:37

building templates

Hello, Just to start things off, i am not a stop motion artist, rather a motion graphics designer for broadcast work. I am working on building a miniset that i will just take digital pictures of and animate text in them, so theres no puppetry or real scale issues. I have purchased a couple of books regarding stop motion work, and have searched through your forums for a simple answer. recently i also bought a book on building templates for doll houses. still, i am just a bit curious if there are any resources on any patterns or templates that i can just print, cut out and trace onto my mdf or basewood. since this will probably be the only project where im building a set, i kinda need the easy way out and cant afford the time to get crazy with eyeballing things and getting all artsy with it. so if anyone has any links to downloadable building plans or books or anything they can suggest, i would greatly appreciate it. and i truely sorry if this is just a weird request. thanks ryan@decoy.tv

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-05-09 01:29:28

If scale isn't important, the biggest range of fittings like doors and windows and designs would be in the 1:12 dollhouse scale. Animators mostly have to work larger than that to suit the size of puppets, so we usually have to make everything from scratch. Of course, to really save time you could just shoot still images of the real world, and animate your text over that. Or, take stills of buildings that you like, and use those photos as a guide to designing your models. Hang on, just remembered... There are CD collections of images used for mapping onto cgi building surfaces in 3D programs. Try searching for Graphic Detail, they used to do these for Lightwave. They are shot front-on so they can be mapped directly onto surfaces. You could print them out and stick them on.

Posted by Strider, on 2006-05-09 01:52:08

If you're working at dollhouse scale, there are lots of cool patterned styrene sheets available like the ones a this site: http://reasonablecollectibles.com/scenery_panels_for_displaying_figures.html I built an architectural model for my high school Architectural Design class and used sand paper for roofing material, and for brick walls I used a heavy red foamboard that I cut mortar lines out of with an X-Acto and peeled them off to create white mortar lines. You might already know this basic stuff, just tossing out some ideas.

Posted by decoy, on 2006-05-09 10:57:57

i appreciate both of the responses. kinda what i was looking for. i will just go more off of what you suggested and see what happens. thanks again. ryan