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Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-07-17 08:22:44


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Posted by peewee, on 2006-07-17 09:03:56

These are great! i'm thinking the tree... Das putty? and the bricks.... hmm slight bleed from the paint so not foam... maybe plaster covered board with rectangles of wood... Characters look very pathos. well done.

Posted by BendS, on 2006-07-30 19:21:47

wow very very detailed cant wait to see everything animated. What did you use for the shingles on the roof, it sortev' looks like cardboard but im not quite positive.

Posted by supercorey500, on 2006-07-28 22:10:20

Flippin' Sweet!

Posted by jameshughes0211, on 2007-01-25 15:02:17

hello could you please tell me what you used to make your characters i.e. clay or foam latex etc thank you

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-07-17 09:30:08

The tree was sculpted from none other than sculpey! And the bricks were small balsa wood bricks. But I found them too small, so I went through the pain staking process, of gluing four small bricks together, to form one big one. So each brick you see, it actually 4 joined together! Here in Australia, they sell thee small bricks in bags at Riot art stores. Originally it was made it from plaster, and was individually etching in each brick. But then when I was about half way through, the plaster split. Needless to say, I cracked as well! I have since covered the bricks in grout, as I found that on camera, the cracks were too deep, and distracted from the characters too much.

Posted by junkycow, on 2006-07-17 14:13:12

glad to see at least ONE other person doing claymation

Posted by Anthony M., on 2006-07-17 14:53:06

Very detailed... I really like the janitor and the bear those are great models. Great job. Can't wait to see more photos and the film itself. Anthony 2006 AMM Film Productions

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-07-17 18:33:50

Great work Darcy! I really liked the characters when I saw them in the clay last week, but seeing them in the set is much better. Good looking set too - everything is coming together really well.

Posted by Eric Scott, on 2006-07-17 18:44:33

Awesome! This is very professional looking. You're solution for the brick problem was creative too. I have to agree with Nick, the puppets and set are a perfect match. It's great seeing everything come together. Thanks for the posting these! Well done. :) Eric Scott

Posted by Anderson, on 2006-07-17 20:09:58

I like the designs of your character. Very nice. I also enjoy seeing your studio and your Spriggen poster. Dan

Posted by Fraeulein A., on 2006-07-18 10:16:51

hi darcy, would you mind if i show the picture with the guy and the bear to some students (i would have to copy it therefore)? its cool how the wallpaper came down. and its muster is nicely oldfashioned. i like that!

Posted by tommy, on 2006-07-18 14:24:01

This looks AMAZING! MORE PICS, MORE PICS!!!! :-)

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-07-18 18:52:40

Hi there, Feel free to show the picture to your students. The guy is called Ron the Zookeeper, and the bear is called Sushi. Basically Sushi is a very rare grey panda, who is only male Grey Panda left in the entire world. Ron the zookeeper, is sent in to retireve a sperm sample from sushi, to ensure the species survival. One problem.... Sushi is impotent. So theres is a basic synopsis to tease the imagination. and yes, I will be posting more pictures as the set developes. Stay stuned, I'll take some more at the end of todays work hopefully. Cheers Darcy Prendergast

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-07-19 21:54:21

More pictures, took them last night after a long days work. Re painted the set, as I had to buy a new colour of grout ( the old one has sold out) So I re painted the entire enclosure, then I'll detail today most likely. Also put the tree in there for a bit of a look. The character here is the dad of the small child posted earlier. I dont yet know what to do with his upper body. I dont know whetherto give him like a tracksuit, or a tie, or even what colour shirt he shoudl have, so I have put him on hold for a little while, I have another background character to make while Im think about him anyway. A steroetypical Japanese man, with a camera round his neck. How one dimensional. So yeah, he is next in the production line.... I shall post more pics soon....

Posted by 3DG, on 2006-07-20 07:25:12

I love that tree! Great work and thanks posting the pics.

Posted by jriggity, on 2006-07-20 21:03:36

Super cool man! Cant wait to see them moving.... jriggity

Posted by Dwimmerlaik, on 2006-07-30 20:42:34

Man, i love your style cool looking, its a zoo if im not wrong, i like the eyeshadow that you put

Posted by studmuffin, on 2006-08-02 20:20:01

your characters are great man! they are really awesome. so are the sets. what do you use for the "eyeshadow"? also what did you use for the flooring in that one picture with the zoo keeper. your characters seem to remind me of something i cant think of right at the moment. you definately seem most professional. have you done any other movies that you can show us? More Pictures! or a Test Shot! thanks man keep up the good work! peace!

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-03 04:04:29

Hey I have been cleaning out my studio today, Gimme a couple of days, I just purchased my new Nikon d50 yesterday, so this will give me an excuse to take more pictures of my sets. Its all in position now, looking pretty awesome when its all in place. So yeah, I shall post more pictures hopefully within a couple of days. The eyeshadow is just gouche, Its a personal style choice. I paint my characters in non movable areas, just to give them a bit of extra depth and In answer to your question, my last film can be viewed online here Then just click on the work section, and it will load up! I think that answers all the questions?

Posted by studmuffin, on 2006-08-03 15:11:00

dude that's really awesome. i love the characters and the way that you tell about their lives and how each of them is really quirky. thanks man! good work!:-)

Posted by Ale2005, on 2006-08-06 22:35:33

Congrats man! You really got some style going on there! I just saw the ABC clip Marc at posted. Everything looks awesome! I really love how you give depth to characters, specialy in that guy's clothes...What do you use to get that effect? And if it's some sort of paint...doesn't it crack when you animate it? One more: are the puppets wire armature and clay only? Or do they have other materials? Thanks and keep posting, it's great!

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-07 07:17:23

Ok, few more pics now. These shots are more final I guess, in terms of the construction. The lighting isnt final however, Im currently building the lighting set ups. So that, and the composition obviously will be the only things that will change. Enjoy the new ones!

Posted by tommy, on 2006-08-07 07:25:15

This looks AMAZING!!! FANTASTIC job!!

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-07 07:44:57

yeah, I think the ground still needs to be darker, particularly in the creases, where it meets the enclosure and walls. I Would like to put Some more detail into the ground, and perhaps a garden in there, but I dont really have anything in mind at the moment. So I might just leave it, let me know if you have any ideas.....

Posted by MaineFish, on 2006-08-07 18:19:21

Hey Darcy, took me a while to find this via the myspace link, but it was well worth the time! I love the look you've got going on there... the tree is a nice touch... characters are lookin' good too! Be sure to add clips when you get em!

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-08-07 18:42:07

I agree Darcy, the ground looks a bit bland. Maybe a feeling of a path going past the exhibits, with slightly raised garden bits along the wall? The aging and dirtying down of the rest of the set is absolutely great. I'm also not sure about the flat cut-out look of the clouds, when otherwise your set is so nicely textured. It doesn't have to be real looking, but maybe a painted sky with brushstrokes would look better. Of course you may have considered this and decided to contrast it with the set.

Posted by jriggity, on 2006-08-07 21:09:29

excellent set! jriggity

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-07 22:36:29

Yeah, I think your right. I was considering putting in a garden of some sort, but im starting to hit a few time barriers too (gotta keep on track with deadlines) Not sure where to start on the garden though, its a whole new ball game. Miniture landscape gardening! I re painted it today, made it more textured, but it looks very similiar to the rest of it. Depends if I get Time I guess. I have some flowers and stuff mmade from previous productions, so I might be able to re cycle some stuff. Im pretty happy with the clouds though. I decided to keep them as is, Im going for a very exaggerated, cartoony effect, almost '2d' in appearance. The story takes a slapstick/ humourous approach, building on alot of cartoon cliches and methods. So I did consider it, but in this case decided to, as you said Nick, make that contrast between the sky, and the dirty, textured enclosure. Oright,lunch time is over!

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-08-07 23:03:38

Just a paved ground should still work very well. I was just thinking that zoos tend to have paths to guide visitors on their way. But there are also large paved areas around enclosures, so that would suit the grey panda enclosure set.

Posted by AnimeMGod, on 2006-08-10 13:50:06

dude i love how they all look, but how do you get that dark grimy looking outline on the charecters, they looks spectacular! if you can please reply i must know >.<

Posted by AnimeMGod, on 2006-08-11 02:53:52

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] dude i love how they all look, but how do you get that dark grimy looking outline on the charecters, they looks spectacular! if you can please reply i must know >.< [/div] editing period ended so i shall on to my above message this way! ANYWAYS, like what specificly do u use to darken the eyes, what blend of media..bc i used sharpie on one of my chars and it turned out quite alright, but not like the stiply effect, looks more like a ton of masscara(i have no idea how to spell the word) its alright for a goth type char, but for other not so much so im very curious..also how big are ur puppets usualy? because u manage to get in alot of detail especialy with the lips, bc it seems like the remove and add on, the like sticker thing ya kno? where u stick on a mouth for one sounding then another for a different sounding..also what type for clay do you use?

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-13 20:59:59

I paint them in non movable areas. They are about a foot high, Maybe a little more. I work on a larger scale than most, so I can cram in more detail, but then of course the sets have to be bigger, and right now, my studio is at bursting point..... One set has devoured the available space.... but meh, I'll live.

Posted by artista, on 2007-11-11 11:02:42

Hi, i'd like to know what technique do you use to make your characters move their mouths. I've noticed you made some kind of donuts, then if you want to move them it seems to me you have to make squashed donuts, donuts with teeth, with toungues, and give them special shapes for every letter. Though it seems i'm answering my own question, i'd like to know if i'm right; if not, tell me about your technique please. Thanks :D

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-08-14 13:34:20

It's all looking reall really great!! I think the enclosure is brilliant! The barbed wire was a nice touch!! How will you animate the puppet while its in the cage?! Do you have some sort of trapdoor in the back of the cage or something? What do you paint the puppets with in the non-moveable parts, do you use a special sort of paint? Great Stuff!!

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-14 22:30:49

A special mix :P

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-14 22:55:11

Working on half a dozen little things down the studio today, Most are work in progress type stuff. Two versions of the japanese tourist character, The bog eyes didnt suit him, So I have gone with just narrow slits for eyes, and I am making him glasses out of sculpey which are currently in the oven. The sculpture of Sushi the grey panda is, a work in progress as well. Its going to be a water fountain, shooting water form its penis haha, and so in this shot, he has been painted in pva glue ( I assure you thats what it is ) so the plasticine becomes hard. I will then detail the colour on top of that. Probably a whole pile of other ways I could have done it, but that to me, seemed like the easiest and quickest. Some other shots of random things there too. Enjoy.

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-08-15 02:50:25

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] A special mix :P [/div] Of what?

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-15 07:19:44

of specialness!

Posted by Strider, on 2006-08-15 07:42:48

Hah! I know the secret..... Darcy uses Proprietary Animation Paint! All the big studios are using it... but it ain't cheap. It costs a trillion dollars a bottle, and you have to use special proprietary paintbrushes, plus their own primer and finishing spray. But it's really the only way to go. ;)

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-08-15 15:12:20

Thanks Strider, really helpful! @ Darcy, whats this forum here for if it isn't to share your ideas with other people?

Posted by AnimeMGod, on 2006-08-15 16:32:02

nice u use sculpy..hmm now if we cuold get a little bit more detail in the backgrounds we can figure out what u use..and i like the porn :-P back door bears 3..wanst that from southpark? the porn episode? and the whole thing wit the bear having a cock...i can see where this is going...

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-15 17:32:50

Yeah, Thats a bit of a homage one of my favourite south park episodes there. Bit different though, they had backdoor sluts 9. The rest of the slogans and headings on there I just made up. And yes, the bear has a penis..... But I dont think you will be able to predict where this is heading. You might get parts nof the story right, but there are a few M night shalaman 'twists' in there. Have you seen that episode of robot chicken? What a twist! All I can say, is you'll have to wait until the final product..... For now, use your imagination!

Posted by Strider, on 2006-08-15 18:52:59

Hey Lewimations, Just havin a bit of fun. It seems a lot of people missed where Darcy already mentioned the paint he uses back on page 1. Somebody asked what he uses for 'mascara' and he said he paints the puppets in non-moveable areas with gouache. After that like 6 more people asked what kind of paint he uses! See what happens when you don't pay attention? :P }(

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-16 03:09:34

But Lewimations, If you want, I will sell you a tub of proprierty animation paint for only a fraction of the cost mike mentioned...... say, a billion? Listen to teacher.

Posted by AnimeMGod, on 2006-08-16 12:26:28

hey lewimations, if u realy want gouache go here get hte big bottle of the shit, its cheaper proportionaly. dont forget to google gouache paint to find out how touse it before u open the shit alright?

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-08-16 12:50:57

No worrys eh Darcy? Thanks Animegod! Its acctually not that expensive, about a bazillion dollers a tube, might try some... @Darcy, is this what you use for weathering your sets as well? Thanks!

Posted by darcy_p, on 2006-08-16 18:08:37

Sets I use whatever suits. Sometimes its grout, tile adhesive, water putty, plaster, whatever the effect your after.

Posted by Strider, on 2006-08-16 22:55:10

... And his head is made from plasticene! :P

Posted by AnimeMGod, on 2006-08-18 13:30:52

dude uh..what wire thickness do you use?

Posted by Anim8tor Fish, on 2007-01-24 04:10:31

Hi, darcy! love the characters!!! i also love the set. when will this film be coming out? Theres always a way to get to the end.

Posted by darcy_p, on 2007-01-26 02:36:58

Films finished. So its hitting the festival circuit now. Let me know if there are any festivals near you, and i'll send off a package and hopefully you will get to see it that way. Also I'll be putting together dvd's soon too. Will keep you posted. Darcy.

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-02-08 02:25:12

He used clay. I've not only seen the film, I got to touch the actual puppets! Its a cool film, looks great and funny too.

Posted by Strider, on 2007-01-26 03:58:32

I think I can answer a couple of the questions on this thread. Darcy graciously sent me a review copy of his DVD that I've been watching over and over - partly because it's just so freakin' cool, and partly because he insidiously set it to replay automatically! }( From watching the film and from studying the pics on this thread, it definitely looks like he made the heads from something hard, like sculpey. Mouths and eyelids look like plasticene, and the rest of the body seems to also be plasticene - not entirely sure on that, but arms and hands definitely are. I'll be posting a review on my blog probably later tonight (Darkmattr link in my sig below).

Posted by darcy_p, on 2007-02-06 02:21:53

Ohhhhh Mike! Your busted my brainwashing ploy! If you set it to repeat satanic messages begin flashing subliminally on screen. There are a few moving snippets from my new film in my showreel for 2007. Check it out here: You can alos check out pretty much everything else I've ever made right here.... Anyway, enjoy kids.

Posted by Strider, on 2007-02-06 03:23:22

Wow... so THAT'S why after watching it for like 16 hours with my eyes glazed over I went on a mad killing spree and craved chocolate donuts! Dude.... your repugnant! (is awesome!) :P You can't really talk like that I hope? Here's the direct link to my review on Ron the Zookeeper in case anyone wants to read it:

Posted by darcy_p, on 2007-02-08 22:59:23

Yes, Nick did get to touch him, He actually snapped off Rons Head then run out the door screaming " HAHA You tosser, doesnt look so good now does he?" To which I replied, "No Nick, He doesnt look as good without his head. Thanks for pointing that out" ?? The repugnant v/o was just me speaking little bits of indonesian and what I know of Japanese, then sped it up 4x speed or something like that. Good fun!

Posted by chris walsh, on 2007-03-09 17:55:05

Wow this looks great I can't wait to see the final piece, the models and sets are beautiful! It's great and very inspiring that people are still doing this stuff and doing it so well.

Posted by skullen, on 2007-03-12 13:14:03

It lokos grteast i can't wait to see it finished! what exactly is the story? love the mags they're funny

Posted by darcy_p, on 2007-03-12 19:08:37

The story synopsis is above..... Cheers

Posted by darcy_p, on 2007-03-12 19:09:44

Basically Sushi is a very rare grey panda, who is only male Grey Panda left in the entire world. Ron the zookeeper, is sent in to retireve a sperm sample from sushi, to ensure the species survival. One problem.... Sushi is impotent. There you go..... Saves you scrolling up!

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-11-25 10:44:26

Darcy How Did You Make The Tiles For The Roof :-)

Posted by 0Sullivan, on 2007-11-27 08:03:07

Hello: I love your decor. How do you make the wood floor? How do you hidden screw holes? Thanks.