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Stop-Motion Puppet Sculpting : A Manual of Foam Injection, Build-Up, and Finishing Techniques - Tom Brierton

Stop-Motion Puppet Sculpting

A Manual of Foam Injection, Build-Up, and Finishing Techniques

Paperback Published: 13th May 2004
ISBN: 9780786418732
Number Of Pages: 86

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Stop-motion puppet animation is one of the most unusual and demanding art forms in the world. It uses a variety of skills, including design, sculpting, metal work, mold making and casting, taxidermy, filmmaking, storytelling and acting, and can be seen in the simplest commercial spots on television to more complex animated shorts and science fiction and fantasy feature films. This work explains research and design of puppets, and details the fabrication of stop-motion puppets around a metal armature skeleton using the build up and foam injection processes. The former technique uses pre-cut blocks of foam formed with a pair of scissors or other instrument into the shape desired and attaching them to the armature. In the latter technique, the character is sculpted in clay over the armature. This clay sculpture is then replaced with foam by using a plaster mold and injection gun techniques. Finishing techniques described include the making of hair, eyes, eyelids, teeth, horns, nails, and chitinous (insect-shell-like) surfaces. The manual also covers the process of creating replacement heads using rubber molds (such as RTV) and urethane castings. A glossary and bibliography complete the extensively illustrated work.

"superbly illustrated...Brierton generously shares the knowledge he has gleaned from more than 30 years of puppet-making experience...various steps are clearly explained and are accompanied by detailed, black-and-white photographs"--Animation Magazine.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Research, Design, Sketching and Sculptingp. 3
The Sculpting Processp. 9
The Foam Injection Techniquep. 21
Mixing and Injecting Hot Foam Latexp. 35
Creating Build-Up Puppetsp. 47
Concluding Remarksp. 67
Glossaryp. 69
Referencesp. 71
Indexp. 73
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ISBN: 9780786418732
ISBN-10: 0786418737
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 86
Published: 13th May 2004
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.96  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.23