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20th Anniversary for

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Maureen Z on Sunday. 14 Replies

Hey all, it was just about 20 years ago that I purchased this domain name and set up this website in April of 1999. Over the years, it's been interesting for me to see and hear from people who were impacted from this site in a positive way. I've even been able to meet or work with a few of you out there. It has always been my desire to use this site as a way of informing, educating and connecting talented people. So, let's hear from you, if you have any stories from the past 20 years relating to this website, I'd love to hear them. - AnthonyContinue

Tips for stabilising a flimsy tripod?

Started by Marnik in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by James Krysa on Saturday. 13 Replies

I don't have any budget to buy a nice new sturdy tripod, but am up for trying all sorts of whacky DIY ideas! Anyone have any thoughts?This is essentially the same as mine:

Good tripod for stop motion?

Started by Twin Tales in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by James Krysa on Thursday. 12 Replies

Howdy!My brother and I are looking for a new tripod. What are good tripods for stop motion animation? We currently got the velbon df60 which have worked okay, but the weight is a bit to light so it's not that sturdy and easy to bump, which tend to be annoying. And some parts are now broken.We were thinking of getting a geared head, it is supposedly better than a ball head, cause it is more precise? We do alot of camera movements in our films, alot of tilts and pans etc...andwe like to have the ability to do that.Our budget is around 500 dollars.Any thoughts? Thanks!Continue

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Sledgehammer for the 23rd Century!

Started by Andy Holton in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT Jul 17. 0 Replies

Big Data - UngluedIn an homage to the great Sledgehammer video by Peter Gabriel, Defunct technology steals a mans identity in a medium-blending nostalgic Stop-Motion head-trip of a Music Video. This project was made almost entirely practically, shot frame-by-frame in a studio. Then over 3000 frames were printed and hand embellished by a brilliant squad of artists. For lip sync we printed thousands of mouths on paper and cut them out individually with scissors. It was an insane process and a labor of love. Would love to hear what you think!!!Continue

Tags: stop-motion, claymation, technology

Our First Motion Camera Test

Started by Wyatt Ayars in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Greyguy Jul 12. 1 Reply you enjoy!Feedback is welcomed! This is just a test of the camera and not the actual animation as we will not be using Legos.Continue

Assistance needed in creating a stop motion rig from a Helping Hand tool

Started by KK Akuoku in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by StopmoNick Jul 9. 1 Reply

The rig is about 98% ready, but the big problem is what to use as a stabilizer for my action figures. The alligator plier-thing, mind you, is automatically ruled out. Ideally, I would like to have my stabilizer have a similar design structure to the one featured in the attached photo, a flat surface to place strong double sided tape onto it so I can attach it to the figure’s/model’s back. Not being a welder, of course, I cannot create my own from scratch. So I was wondering if any of you can come up with suggestions for something just as effective.Continue

Tags: hand, diy, helping, rig, stop

How to best order production schedule/process?

Started by Aj Shenefelt in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jul 7. 5 Replies

Hi everyone,I've recently finished a script for my senior thesis film that I'm happy with (it will likely be between 6-7 minutes long), and I'm in the process of figuring out how I want to move forward with the production over the course of the next two semesters. I'll be working on this project almost entirely by myself (minus some extra help with things like music and carpentry), and with the other short projects I've done since I started school I have always gone in the order of:writing story -> storyboarding / character & set design -> building puppets & all sets -> animating everything -> editing & sound.This was generally okay when I was working on projects that had to be completed from start to finish within 3-5 weeks with a small group and were under 2 minutes long, but I don't know if it will be wise to do it this way for my current film. My question is...for a project that I will be spending 11 months on, and dedicating most of my time to, what are some suggestions for ways that I could structure the production so that I'm using my time most efficiently? Should I built one set, film all the scenes that take place there, and then move on to another one? (there will be 5 main sets for puppet animation, and several smaller ones for camera shots without character animation) Is it helpful to start editing sooner as well? What are some questions I should have in mind when figuring this out? My goal is to make this project as professional looking (and organized) as possible given that I am a student, and go into it in a way that won't be setting myself up for workflow issues that could have been easily avoided.Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Ed Riccardi Jul 7. 545 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

Mechanical heads

Started by Steven Quinones Colon in ARMATURES. Last reply by Steven Quinones Colon Jul 6. 8 Replies

Hello everyone,I’m interested in building a mechanical head and I’m trying to get my head around the steps required to get something like that built. I’m looking at designs by Ron Cole and Jim Randall. They have been very generous by sharing info and pictures, but it is always difficult to interpret things from a distance. Specially things like linkages are difficult to visualize from 2d pictures without being in front of the puppet to see how things move. My main aim right now is to get the design(silicon skin) properly attached and registered to the head shell and the mechanics. Attached is a drawing of my understanding after looking at many examples online. Please correct any erroneous assumptions that I might have. Best regards,StevenContinue

Making of my First Film for a Music Video

Started by Yasas Perera in STOPMO NEWBIES Jul 5. 0 Replies

Good day to you! I've been a stop motion enthusiast since I was a kid. It was kind of my hobby and never had a chance to take a step forward and try to attend a film school. Anyway around in the middle of last year a local musician, who happens to be a friend of mine asked me if I can do a stop motion animation for one of his songs, after seeing one of the sloppy animations that I've posted on instagram back then. I remember telling him straight away, that neither me nor my leisure time short clips are upto such standard. As a matter of fact. I knew that I was nowhere closer to make something like that. But he kept insisting and asked how much would I charge. I think at that point I decided to take the project and I told him I’ll do it for my passion, not for money. I think whenever someone tries to bring money closer to a passion, it really pisses me off. Since I’m a strong believer that money is silently destroying our world, by wiping out humanity.Anyway that’s how I got this project and it made me go through a lot of reading, practicing and experiments since then. Best thing that happened along that journey was I could awaken this hidden storyteller in me. And for the first time in life I felt like keep progressing down this path and live inside this passion for the rest of my life. And I’m glad I could move to the production stage this fast. I had written a couple of storylines for this in the beginning. But with the limited resources I have and this knowledge of a beginner I picked the simplest plot. And managed to polish that story up a bit. Lined/Synced  it up with the song timings. And got a rough storyboard done after struggling for weeks! Aaand  started shooting the first scene this evening and thought of making this post here while having a short break. During my breaks I will keep updating the progress here, with a tiny hope that I will get any kind of advice over a countless number of flaws this film is going to have. Pointing out my mistakes will…Continue

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