Announcing the 1st Ever StopMotionAnimation.com 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 StopMotionAnimation.com.

RULES AND GUIDELINES

I 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 Floor 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 Guidelines

Frame Rate: 24fps

Aspect Ratio 1920 x 1080

Compression Codec: H264 

Once your animation is complete, contact me and I'll provide you with a way to upload your finished Quicktime movie.

Title and Credit: At the end of the film, I will display a frame from your animation with the title and your name next to it similar to the sample credit card pictured below. Please no title or credits in your actual animation.

title card example

Views: 9942

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

This sounds really great.  I'll definitely get something together.  Cheers.

Hi Nick,

Happy to hear you'll be participating. I plan to as well, as soon as I come up with an idea.

Lighting can be however you want, the aim is to keep the set lit evenly though. The blocks photo I posted is only an example. Light can come from any direction.

The puppet can enter any method you choose. I like the puff of smoke idea! 

StopmoNick said:

I've got a lot on in the next few months, but I don't see how I could not do something for this!

Are you looking for any consistency in the lighting of the puppet?  I see your cubes are lit fairly softly, with the key coming from overhead and only very slightly to the right, and plenty of fill.  (Ok, film noir lighting on a plain white background is not going to work...)  But are you ok with different directions of light?

As long as it starts and ends with a white frame, does the puppet have to walk in and out from the side?  Or could it exit straight up in a balloon, vanish in a puff of smoke, or appear and leave in some other way? 

Looking forward to it!

Hi, this looks so cool! May we use Lego figures?

m_) I don´t see how I could not do something for this as well. 

Is there any theme chosen? 
I want to participate as soon as an Idea comes to my head (Brainstorming this week!)

m_) just finished reading all guidelines. alright. spring time.

I want this experimental film to have a hand-made look. So no unmodified store bought items are allowed, which includes Legos or action figures. If you cover the store bought items with paper, clay, paint or other craft materials to modify them, then that is ok.

JustNat RSA said:

Hi, this looks so cool! May we use Lego figures?

Spring meaning every definition of the word. Yeah I am still brainstorming too. ;)



Metalmadcat said:

m_) just finished reading all guidelines. alright. spring time.

Hi, 24fps framerate ok, but must be shot at ones or twos?

Hi Zen. You can either shoot ones or twos, or a combination of both. Sometimes, I like to animate the quick actions on ones and the slow, ease outs/ins on twos.

Zen said:

Hi, 24fps framerate ok, but must be shot at ones or twos?

Can it be shot against a blue/green screen and composited to look as if it were on the white background or is that cheating?

Hi Ron, that is completely fine and a very good solution!

Ron Cole said:

Can it be shot against a blue/green screen and composited to look as if it were on the white background or is that cheating?

That's excellent! Because the very first idea that popped into my head would require something penetrating through the white background, which would be easy if I animated with clay but, I'm not really a clay animator and would really rather use a rubber puppet. There are other ways to accomplish the same thing without green screening it but, I thought it was worth throwing the question out there just in case other people were wondering the same thing.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

MESSAGE BOARD CATEGORIES

STOPMO NEWBIES
basic stopmo discussion

ANIMATOR TALK
experienced animators looking to improve

CAMERA & STAGE
animation camera, lighting and moco rigs

ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
animation tool and rigging discussion

STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS
frame capture, editing, and post-production

STORY
script, storyboarding and storyreel discussion

SOUND
lip-sync, sound effects and music

YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT
discuss your stopmo film

ARMATURES
ball & socket and wire armature discussion

MACHINE SHOP
metalwork tool & talk

SCULPTING
sculpture information and advice

HAIR & COSTUME
materials, patterns and technique

CASTING
foam, silicone and resin

CLAY
clay puppet construction

GENERAL PUPPET MAKING
other puppet fabrication issues

STOP MOTION SETS
set design and construction information

MODEL DEPARTMENT
miniature prop discussion

MATTE PAINTINGS
glass matte paintings and backgrounds

GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION

FAVORITE STOP MOTION CHARACTERS

PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION

FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

ANIMATION SCHOOLS

STOP MOTION BOOKS

STOP MOTION ON VIDEO

JOBS & PROJECTS
post here if you are looking for talent to hire

SWAP MEET
stop motion items for sale

CHAT BOARD
general discussion

SITE FEEDBACK
report bugs, comments and suggestions here

Latest Activity

Calvin Carl Bond replied to Calvin Carl Bond's discussion I need help
"Ok so do you think I should invest in a new camera?"
1 hour ago
StopmoNick replied to Calvin Carl Bond's discussion I need help
"Nicely put together video!  But yes, the flicker is noticeable.  I suspect it is from…"
9 hours ago
Calvin Carl Bond replied to Calvin Carl Bond's discussion I need help
"Hmmm well, I use a webcam so I don't know how to change settings on that, and I don't…"
22 hours ago
Greyguy replied to Greyguy's discussion 8" armature for sale
"thanks i will have this for sale soon :)"
yesterday

© 2020   Created by Anthony Scott.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

.xg_widget_forum_index_index .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_listForCategory .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_show .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;}