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Norm DeCarlo replied to Jasmine Best's discussion Stand Up style Cut out armatures
"Hello Jasmine, I just finished a three semester course creating a "teaser" for a longer animated film called "Day Job" that employed this technique. We successfully used a series of very small grommets, circular metal hinges,…"
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Norm DeCarlo replied to Anthony Scott's discussion PODCAST: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Animators Call Milwaukee Home Once Again
"I also worked with both of these terrific folks from Gumby into The Nightmare Before Christmas and beyond.  This interview brings back warm memories and fond longings for old friends that I wish that I had spent more time with, when I had the…"
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Stand Up style Cut out armatures

Started by Jasmine Best in ARMATURES. Last reply by Norm DeCarlo 17 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello everyone,I wanted to start experimenting with stand up style cut out animation. An example would be the "I Have Your Heart" music video by Kim Boekinder, Molly Crabapple, and Jim Batt.I have found very little info on making armatures for this style of puppet. I did find this image of the back of the puppets on the official blog but that is it.Specifically, I am interested in making flat strong joints that can stay hidden behind thin cuts of paper.Does anyone have experience with this?Continue

Tags: standing, flat, joints, armatures, out

PODCAST: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Animators Call Milwaukee Home Once Again

Started by Anthony Scott in PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION. Last reply by Norm DeCarlo 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

Podcast Interview with animators Owen Klatte and Angie GlockaI worked with both Angie and Owen on Gumby, Nightmare Before Christmas, Bump in the Night. In fact, on my first day at the Gumby Studio in 1987, my first assignment was assisting Angie animating a shot with the Blockheads dropping a net from a helicopter..still remember that. Anyway, have a listen, it's about 20 mins long. Continue

Anyone up for a London based studio share?

Started by Ruth Barrett in CHAT BOARD 18 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello folks, I'm currently renting part of a little studio space in London, E14 and the other person is moving out soon. Just wondered if there are any London based sto-moers that might be interested in sharing?It's in a basement (no windows) 24 hour access and good value for money (but a bit much for me on my own)   Send an email to if you want more deets.Cheers!Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Angela Geier 19 hours ago. 473 Replies

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


Started by Anthony Scott in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Ron Cole 19 hours ago. 46 Replies

Announcing the 1st Ever STOPMO JAM!What is it?An opportunity for animators to be a part of a stop motion experimental film.How does it work?You animate at home or in your studio. Your animation takes place on a simple white set. A white sweep is best. (see set examples below) Your subject(s) must enter frame at the start and exit frame by the end so that the next shot can be cut together with yours. One shot, no cuts, up to 20 seconds in length.Deadline to complete animation is April 18, 2016. Once all entries are submitted, I'll cut them together and feature the final film here on AND GUIDELINESI will update this as needed so check back occasionally.Deadline: April 18, 2016 (extended from April 1)Theme: Spring (all definitions of the word)Shot length: Up to 20 seconds. One shot, no cuts.Set and Background must be white, a white sweep is a good way to accomplish this. Your shot must start with a blank white frame and end the same way.Puppets can be made of clay, paper, foam, wire, sand, whichever materials you can utilize to create your design but it must be stop motion animated. Sorry no LEGOs, action figures, toys, or store bought items are allowed UNLESS it is modified (painted, covered with paper or clay, etc). The goal is to make a hand-made experimental film. Stop motion puppets, 2d cutouts, sand, painting, pixelation, all hand-made animation techniques allowed as long as it is against a white field. Depending on interest, there may be a LEGO JAM or a CLAY JAM in the future.Audio, dialogue, sound effects are allowed but no music please. I will try to either have music composed or find music that fits the whole film if needed.Content must be ok for kids to watch. Please nothing political. I reserve the right not to include your animation if it doesn't fit into these guidelines. If you have any questions, please post below.---------Technical GuidelinesFrame Rate: 24fpsAspect Ratio 1920 x 1080Compression…Continue

Stop Motion Pro?

Started by Crash Cunningham in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick on Monday. 4 Replies

Does anyone know anything about Stop Motion Pro? I can't seem to access the website.Continue

Advice on camera/lenses to buy would be appreciated!

Started by Signe Österlund in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Signe Österlund on Sunday. 11 Replies

Hello!Realized I can't keep avoiding (boring) technical research any longer. I really want an equipment upgrade.. My prefered budget is something like $1200/€1100 including lenses. Been using a Nikon D80 for a few years, but would love to get a camera with live view. Not sure what camera to buy. After browsing this forum the general opinion seems to be a Canon (read a suggestion for a 600D, is that still one of the best choices?) Are fullframe cameras a bad idea?What lenses to buy (and at what price you get decent lenses) is the most confusing to me. Been using the provided 18-135 mm Nikkor lens all along. It's worked OK for my general needs; animating/morphing 1 central clay object/subject. I've discovered it does distort the image pretty bad for anything that moves sideways though..Started on a landscape animation recently and I'm having problems with depth of field unless I'm too zoomed out for my liking (my workaround to this problem so far has been cropping images heavily, but I want to have leeway to pan this animation..). My sets are usually small, something like 30x60 cm. Would a manual 24 or 28 mm lens be enough to get decent depth of field (spanning 30 cm) on the entire set (while my intended final crop covers maybe 50% of the entire photo)? (Borrowed a full frame Canon 6D to try using live view, and i seem to have problems getting enough depth of field @ 24 mm/f22 with the attached 24-70 mm lens.) Do I need an even shorter focal length? 20? 15?So yeah, I have little technical knowledge, I always work with trial and error.. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help!Continue

Stop Motion Magazine Kick Starter for Print Issues!!!

Started by John Ikuma in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Saturday. 5 Replies

Hi eveyone,I just launched a Kick Starter to raise money to produce print issues and digital issues of Stop Motion Magazine. We really need your help with this to bring the magazine back to life and start making issues again. Checkout the Kick Starter at the link below. - John IkumaContinue

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Lens Flicker, tried everything to solve it! Please Help.

Started by Adam Dowling in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Saturday. 38 Replies

Hi everyone,  I have a really confusing problem. I have been doing stop motion for many years now, but only since last year have I tried to make it a profession, but one thing in stopping my work looking professional is the bad flickering in my films. I’ve tried everything. Im using a canon, so I decided to buy a high quality Nikon lens adapter, so I can mount the older style manual aperture lens. I then bought a older style manual Nikon lens, to override the the aperture, but I still have the exact same flickering! It really doesn’t make sense and I have tried nearly everything.  Also here is my setup:Using Dragon FrameUsing DedolightsUsing a canon E0S 600d, with very pricey Novoflex adapter E0S/ NIK NTUsing a Nikon manual aperture 55mm Macro lensWearing black clothingRoom with no other light coming through over than dedolights.Thanks a lot!Continue

Tags: Flickering, aperture, lens, Canon, Flicker

Green screen problems

Started by Lyndon Harvey Marshall in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by JustNat RSA on Saturday. 4 Replies

Hello everyone.I've recently downloaded Stop Motion Studio Pro version 1.2. I can't find the green screen option anywhere. Can anyone here tell me if it even has a green screen option please?I can't seem to find an answer to this problem anywhere.  I downloaded the iPhone and the iPad version and both work great. I use the iPad with the iPhone as the wifi camera. very handy feature indeed. However, there is no option to use green screen through the wifi camera. You have to use the camera on the iPad. This is no good for what I want to do. I was hoping it would be a different story with the pro version on my computer.  Have I missed something?Does any one know of a good software package I could use instead for a mac?Continue

Tags: Pro, Version, 1.2, Studio, Motion


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