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Puppet Fabrication for Cutout Stop-Motion: Free Tutorials

I’m teaching a cutout class this semester and recently gave my students a crash course in cutout puppet fabrication, which as it turns out, is a bit of an under-documented subject. Here’s a brand new tut on Tape & Thread Hinge, plus a list of free resources documenting additional approaches for building puppets for flat and multiplane cutout stop-motion animation projects.

  1. Thread & Tape Hinge (tut by DIYAC editor, Dave MH, based on a method learned from Clyde Petersen)
  2. Paper Hinge (tut by Chris Sullivan)
  3. Punch Hinge (tut by Lynn Tomlinson – punch hinge portion starts at ~2:30)
  4. KG’s Colorful Guide to Cutout Animation (broad and welcoming intro to cutout by Kelly Gallagher)

This is meant to be a roundup of free resources, but if you happen to be a Skillshare user, I also recommend Anne Beal’s “Make A Paper Puppet for Stop-Motion*” (*not an affiliate link! Just a fan of her work and think it’s an excellent class).