QuantumCat Animation

Opening the box one frame at a time


June 15, 2016 by tdnicol | Comments Off on “Cut”

Ever since I picked up this LEGO figure (months ago!) I’ve been itching for an opportunity to try animating him.  When this month’s Monthly Challenge on the AnimateClay.com forums came up as “Cut”, the stars seemed to be aligned for a super-fun weekend project.


April 29, 2016
by tdnicol
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QuantumCat Winders

Ship-HoverFor the past few months I’ve been working on a design for a piece of animation gear called a winder. Winders are compact rack and pinion mechanisms used in puppet rigs, giving the animator very precise control over linear motion frame-to-frame. They’re very common on studio sets, but these heavy duty professional grade ones aren’t available to the low-budget and enthusiast community. This design, however, is made predominantly of 3D printed parts, making it incredibly inexpensive and easy to produce.

These winders, along with a number of modular attachments to allow them to be rigged in a number of configurations with a number of different external rigs, are now available at QuantumCat Winders. Not only are they available for sale, but the STL files are also freely available for those who want to print their own. I hope that others will find them as immensely useful as I have.

Stop Motion Exercises

October 14, 2015 by tdnicol | Comments Off on Stop Motion Exercises

I’m currently leveling up my stopmo skillset by taking a course from fantastic animator Justin Rasch.  In the course of the class, I’ll be doing a bunch of clips ranging from exercises in animation fundamentals up to complex character action sequences.  As I complete them, I’ll add them to this playlist:

Dark Watch

October 31, 2014 by tdnicol | Comments Off on Dark Watch

Happy Halloween! Here’s a spooky short premiered at The Art Theater Co-op’s Shocktober 2014, adapted from a short story submitted to a Late Night contest by Andrew Bale.

The full lineup of Pens to Lens this year is up!  Based on the drafts of the films I’ve seen, this is going to be a not-to-be-missed show.