Here are some behind the scenes photos from yesterday's animation of my movie The Spaceman. I have about 7 more shots to animate in order to finish my movie. In this shot I needed to show the alien monster puppet clinging to a tree and then jumping down. It took me a few attempts to get exactly what I wanted but I'm very satisfied.
To hold him up, I used an old adjustable projector rig that a friend gave me. If you are an animator, look around thrift stores and garage sales for things that are already tailor-made for your projects. You'll be surprised what you can find. It's a lot cheaper, can save you time, and give you better results.
I attached wire through the projector rig to securely hold him in place. This rig has worked out well for jumping shots but is too bulky for some sets. When using rigs it is important to take a photo of the background without your puppet and rig in it so you can later delete the structures holding your puppet up.
My stop-motion software of choice is Dragonframe. It's very affordable and gives you many options for excellent animations.