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Parker Gerheiser replied to Parker Gerheiser's discussion Conflicting information..What Was Really The First Stop Motion Film?
"To further confuse this, The Fundamentals of Animation says that The Humpty Dumpty Circus was made in 1908, not 1897 or 88, which all the other sources seem to agree on (minus the new history of course, which doesn't mention it at…"
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Conflicting information..What Was Really The First Stop Motion Film?

The internet in general (Wikipedia, IMBD) and several books (many sources) on Stop Motion say that John Stuart Blackton's "The Humpty Dumpty Circus" (1897/8) was the first stop motion film. But in A New History of Animation by CalArt's Maureen Furniss (who has been teaching animation history for 20+ years at what is often called the best animation school) says that the first stop motion was "Matches Appeal" by Arthur Melbourne Cooper a year later in 1899. I'm not one to question a professor and…See More
9 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Steve Copeland's discussion My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress
"Why not spend more on the lens and less on the adapter? If you get an old Nikon AI or Olympus manual lens, the adapter costs only around five bucks. And you get a better, metal-bodied lens. There's a good video on best vintage lenses for…"
17 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Twin Tales's discussion Lighting feedback
"I was just watching 'Sicario', where there is a bar with exactly the same blue foreground lighting and red/orange background."
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Conflicting information..What Was Really The First Stop Motion Film?

Started by Parker Gerheiser in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Parker Gerheiser 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

The internet in general (Wikipedia, IMBD) and several books (many sources) on Stop Motion say that John Stuart Blackton's "The Humpty Dumpty Circus" (1897/8) was the first stop motion film. But in A New History of Animation by CalArt's Maureen Furniss (who has been teaching animation history for 20+ years at what is often called the best animation school) says that the first stop motion was "Matches Appeal" by Arthur Melbourne Cooper a year later in 1899. I'm not one to question a professor and serious veteran of the subject who literally wrote the book on it, but there is no mention of "Humpty Dumpty Circus" in the book at all from what I can tell, and so I am left with conflicting information. Am I totally missing something or is this just a mystery? Continue

Tags: history, motion, stop

My new lens to stop flicker - a work in progress

Started by Steve Copeland in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and I made my first stop motion by gently releasing the lens while hitting the preview button and that removed the flicker from my stop motion shots. It did play havoc with my screen capture software Video Studio. Sometimes the preview would be too dark and other times it would be too bright. I was also always concerned that the lens would fall off. The lens was a Canon 18-55 that came with the kit so there was also concern of accidentally changing the focal length. I said I would not shoot my next project this way.I decided I would order an older manual Canon lens and an adapter. The lens I got is a Canon 50mm f1.8 FD lens from ebay for $29. The lens looks brand new. The adapter I got is a Fotodiox for $35 from AmazonFotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter - Canon FD & FL 35mm SLR lens to Canon EOS (EF, EF-S) Mount SLR Camera Body, with Built-In Aperture Control DialFirst testing was would the two items fit and the answer is yes! Next tests were to try and get similar shots from an automatic lens. I came close but the manual shots do not have a very rich color palette. I think that is just the learning curve that I need to overcome by more tests. The adapter has an aperture control dial on it and then the lens has a dial also. I am still learning how to make these work in sync.Next test will be a time lapse set up to check for flicker.Continue

Tags: fotodiox, flicker, Canon

Lighting feedback

Started by Twin Tales in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 17 hours ago. 8 Replies

Hey! Was practicing some lighting and would appreciate if someone would like to give some feedback on this shot.The focus was mostly to get the lighting correct and good looking.It's meant to be a seedy bar environment during the night but inside the bar the lights would be a bit dimmed but turned on to give the room some overall lighting, we did not want it to be to dark. We tried to create some depth with the door to the left of the character.And we also tried to make 4 layers of dark, bright, dark and bright. With the red side of the face being in shadow, the blue side being bright, the wall being dark and then the doorway being bright and with the returning red color.  So what do you think of the overall lighting, colors and so on?Thanks.Continue

Cheap supplies for puppet making? (Teen on a budget)

Started by HanaChoi in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by HanaChoi yesterday. 2 Replies

I am in my late teens and don't have much so I need something kind of cheap say around 100-300 price range. Or around 60 plus.Thought about doing BJD but they seems to be a bit expensive. Plus I can't paint worth crap.How do you go about making your puppet what supplies do you use?I really like what this woman did (Not sure if I posted this before or not sorry if did.)

New puppet eyes

Started by Mohammed Soliman in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Mohammed Soliman yesterday. 2 Replies

Hey everyone,I bought these eyes from animation toolkit and was wondering if anyone else bought it and worked out how to use them without removing the part that is at the backend of it..Im trying to work on couple of ways to make it work but still didnt test and was hoping maybe someone else already knows how to build a skull for it or came up with a way to make it work.Thanks!Continue

Lighting for green screen

Started by Joe in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 9 Replies

Hi allDoes anyone have any advice on lighting a green screen set up for puppet animation. On line there are plenty of tutorials etc about doing the actual compositing in after effects etc but I'm struggling to find good information on actually lighting and shouting on green screen.I'll be able to get my puppets about 1 meter from the screen - maybe a little more, so that should be enough that the puppets don't cast a shadow on the screen. In order to light the screen evenly, I'm thinking of ordering something like this: case the link doesn't work, this is a set of lights that take 4 CFL bulbs, and comes with 70 cm soft boxes)Does anyone have any experience with lighting green screens? Are lights like these a suitable choice or would anyone recommend anything different?ThanksContinue

Tags: puppets, compositing, lights, lighting, green screen

Stop Motion Animator & Editor Looking for Work or Freelance Jobs

Started by Wilson Diebold in JOBS & PROJECTS on Thursday. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone,I have a wide range of experience and proficiency when it comes to media production. Stop motion, video production, voice acting, audio engineering, photography, editing, you name it! I'm based in Denver Colorado right now, and am interning as a stop motion animator at The Nug Nation. However, I'm still looking for work, and especially remote work (remote animation or post production). Stop motion animation is my passion, and I'd love to work with you!Click here for my animation highlight reel.And click here to see the latest project I was involved in.Last but not least, feel free to check my resume attached below.I would love to speak with you regarding why I would be a great fit to work with you. Please feel free to contact me at 317-418-2408 or I look forward to hearing from you!-WilsonContinue

Tags: hire, for, work, jobs, freelance

The second Dogger & Catter project!

Started by Bram Vrancken in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Daniel Wernëck on Thursday. 8 Replies

Hello everyone,I would like to show you the progress on the second Dogger & Catter animation, or rather the puppets and studio and such because i'm not that far into it yet but it's getting there. The old puppets (iron wire skeleton, wool felted on and shaven smooth, roll of tape as base) in the fresh studio which was an empty room with 2 closets a month ago. i'm doing the project during my internship at a company my school has set up to let students work on their own projects (but there's always some students ready to help when needed). And, as you can see, I'm blessed with professional armatures this time!The room i'm using got a green wall since i started working here, and a computer for shooting (and music ofcourse). I also have a fairly large table to work on the puppets and props and such.The stage was made from wooden planks and an aluminium sheet. The only problem being the diameter of the holes in that sheet of alu. so i drilled and drilled until i gave up because it was too time consuming and decided i would drill holes during the shoot when i know where his foot will land (fingers crossed!)And lastly some photos of the unfinished puppets. I'm very happy how the felted…Continue

Tags: Catter, &, Dogger

Best Editing Software

Started by Gavin A in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Daniel Wernëck on Thursday. 6 Replies

I facilitate a small informal animation group where we're all pretty much learning as we go along.  We have been capturing images using the software that goes with a Canon camera we have use of and have now finished both filming and audio recording and are looking for easy to use software for editing it all together.  We have the possibility of funds for this purpose so my question is therefore in two parts, the first being if money is available (without being extortionate), what is the best editing software we could get, bearing in mind that we are hoping that our animation group will be a long running project and that we would be looking for something that will stand the test of time.  I had Dragonframe in my head but it appears that that is more for image capture.  We would probably be looking at investing in image capture software some time in the future so software that did both would be great if it was available.  The second question would be in case we're not lucky with funding, what is the best free editing software for our purpose?  We've been using Audacity for capturing audio.Also, we use Windows.Many thanks.Gavin.Continue

Puppet Museum in Prague

Started by Daniel Wernëck in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Daniel Wernëck on Thursday. 2 Replies

Just wondering if anyone here ever visited this museum?


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