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Posted by Lightbringer, on 2008-09-11 08:48:04

Studio Space

Hi all, My ideas for my sets all seem to require some amount of space... more than my basement will allow. I've been trying to brainstorm where I can get more space/allow for the building of multiple sets, and I thought it could be part of a larger question, namely, what is the ideal space for stopmotion sets (besides big). What are the essentials, etc. I live in Boston, so real estate and rent is rediculously overpriced. I've come up with some ideas: -Storage Locker Pro: Cheap, Spacious, No windows Cons: Sketchy -Old Barn (many people have these outside of the city) Pro: Spacious, Con: depends on space, usually unheated So I guess my ultimate question is "Where do you Animate?"

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2008-09-11 09:52:26

my family has a two-story log cabin that I have made into my studio. The drawbacks are an old electrical system, no running water, and mice that seem to think it's okay to have all-night hoedowns in my sets. The cabin is okay for now, though, and it's just a ten minute drive from where I live.

Posted by nikoman, on 2008-09-12 10:31:57

floor below the house usable space 3.70 x 4.50 x 2.60 ceiling height M I discovered that using the 4:3 would have been better, as Nick says. I think that my ideal is a great space twice that.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-09-11 19:34:51

I used a studio space that was 8 metres wide, 4 metres deep, and 2.7 metres ceiling height. For some landscape shots the 4 metre depth was restricting, I needed clearance between the backdrop and the set so trees didn't throw shadows on the sky. The camera ended up right against the back wall. The ceiling height used to be a problem as well, but changing from 4:3 to widescreen has meant I don't need as much height so that's ok now. Interior shots can work in a much smaller space, and I often had 2 sets side-by-side in this room. The real problem came with storage, if I had a bigger project with several sets I needed to keep. One way of coping with limited space was making a smaller 1:24 scale set for wide shots of a city street, or even 1:50 scale for a desert scene, then having a 1:6 set of a small part of it for animating the puppets. I'll be getting a shed built soon, with the same width and ceiling height, but 6 metres depth.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-09-12 13:39:34

I am in the corner of my bedroom. I have a woodshop out back that I can make stuff in but most of the work is in a 5 foot square corner of my bedroom. I have all paints, tools, clay, computer stuff, puppet set, and puppets all in that tiny space. I animate at night and pull a black curtain behind me to help block off the light. My puppet stage sits atop a wooden bench that is built into the wall.

Posted by Lightbringer, on 2008-09-12 15:57:50

Excellent guys! Nice work spaces! I think I've been thinking too big, and now have the feeling that my basement might be perfect!

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-09-12 16:01:27

Everyone here could use more space, both storage and working space but a lot can be done in a very small space.

Posted by leevi, on 2008-09-12 17:12:45

I've always worked on my own films in quite small rooms. There has always been a bigger problem because of a low ceiling rather than a small room. Thus, I could imagine a problematic main light on the set in a basement studio.