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I have always been interested in Animation, way back when James and I had a studio in the North End of Portsmouth I had always assumed my job would be animation. It was not to be.
Now however in my 50’s, I finally have the house I dreamed of, with big spare space for the perfect studio, away from neighbours and distractions.
I have embarked, somewhat full on, back into this and hope to start to be able to show WIP soon.
This catagory of my website will be for this. Both technical explanations of techniques, ideas for films, images, sketches and finally… films.
Animation is a notoriously slow process, perhaps thats what I like about it, so this might take a while. Anyway, as the kule kids says, “Welcome to my journey”… nah… strike that… yuck

Motion Control

I am building a motion control camera system for Stop Motion animation. It’s pretty complicated, I am building it mostly all from parts from Open Builds. Its consisting of four large aluminium pillars supporting two rails. Between those rails is slung a moving gantry, and on that gantry is a vertical mount that can move laterally and vertically. On the end of that, is a pan and tilt mechanism that holds the camera. The whole thing will be motorised and possible to program within the Arco system in Dragonframe.

This is me assembling the aluminium frame work. These parts were found in the barn of a local farm.
Here I am assembling the carriage that runs across the gantry and holds the vertical camera mount.
Here I am adding the carriages to the overhead gantry.
Here I am affixing a motor to one end of the overhead rails.
Here Im measuring the height, and fixing the overhead rails.
Here Im cutting a tread in the end of a beam for adding the carriages
Showing the motor on the overhead gantry and how it will move the carriage via the toothed belt.