Lastnight I had a little breakthrough in the way of which I can animate the characters for The Stagg Do animation. As you know its a cut out animation and being such...each piece is obviously cut out. Now working to this scale and with so many pieces I learned very very quickly just how difficult this is to animate when it came to moving the arms on the judge and even more so for when it comes to the rabbit- hes on a smaller scale.
Everytime I went to move the arm or hand just slightly, it was moving all the other parts too which is the last thing I wanted. Because they arent jointed with split pins (they are far too big) and even using blue tak wouldn't work as well because sometimes it can snag back a bit when you move it or can raise the paper too much and just makes it more hassel- depending on what your working on that is. It's still a good technique but just not as appropriate for this.
So.... I thought lastnight- thread them! If I could thread the joints together so it allows them to stay together but also move with far more control. I decided to try this today. I haven't done this with all parts yet but so far so good! It's quite a long process and the smaller pieces are a bit tricky because each part needs 2 holes for the thread and without it splitting. But I think in the long run this is going to work out so much better, allow more control and just be a massive help.
Here's some photos so far...
The front view of the judge will work the same but I realised that his head cant be threaded on as he has different expressions, so best to just place that in place when animating.