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Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-27 11:13:18

How To Build A Table For Stopmotion?

Im currently gathering up supplies to create a little studio in my basement. I need to know what makes a good stopmotion table? What kind of wood and how to I build it and also how big should it be? Also I need ideas on what type of supports to use for the table Thanks Guys

Posted by dinosaurman, on 2008-06-27 12:13:40

Hi Batteryfarm, This link might be helpful. All the best,

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-06-27 12:42:55

I made an animated tutorial on how to build a simple puppet stage. It sits on top of your table so you can drill holes in it and you can make more than one so you can work on more than one set. I have used this setup for every one of my films. Here is the link.

Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-27 14:08:59

Ok thanks a bunch man!

Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-27 14:08:20

Thanks man!

Posted by leevi, on 2008-06-27 15:55:26

Here's a links to a previous conversations: Most likely it's best, easiest and cheapest to build your own stopmo table according your specs. For example if you have low ceiling at the studio then you need low table to fit the lights far enough.

Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-27 17:57:40

Ok thanks for the great links my man

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-06-27 23:08:38

There are 2 basic approaches - 1. Build the whole table, usually with removable tops so you can change from one set to another. I use a kind of folding rostrum. You can see it unfolding in my Tiedowns The Movie, in Tutorials at my section of Stopmoshorts (link in my signature) or the main tutorials section of the gallery. It is made from 3 x 1 pine (actually the boards are 70mm x 19mm), and needs 8 hinges so it can fold flat for storage. My tops are made from 19mm particle board. I drill tiedown holes in them, paint them, add plaster for rough ground, and keep re-using them. 2. Build a raised platform to sit on an ordinary desk or table. This is what Castlegardener's animated tutorial shows. It's a good solution if you have a desk in your bedroom, and no other space for a set. It's raised enough so you can get your hands underneath. A simpler variation, that Strider used, is to just have a sheet of ply or a plank that overhangs the front of your desk, so you can drill holes there and reach underneath to put in tiedowns. Clamp it to the desktop. You can have more set further back, but the puppet can only walk where there is no desktop directly underneath. How you build may depend on the tools you have available, but even with a handsaw, hammer, and nails, it is possible. (Well, if Castlegardener's puppet can do it... !) A jigsaw, cordless drill, and screws make it easier. You've got a few basic questions, good ones that have come up before, so can I suggest you read the Handbook in the grey strip at the top of the page?

Posted by Strider, on 2008-06-28 02:35:25

Here's my table I built recently:

Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-28 11:37:04

Thanks for the great information. Yeah I've read nearly all of the handbook, but for me it's also good to see what the other animators like yourself do and how they approach it.

Posted by BatteryFarm, on 2008-06-28 11:34:45

Ok great thank man, nice setup.