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.

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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

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The only theme is Spring, any definition of the word.


Jhonny Parks said:

is there a theme to the character or object to be made? I want in on this =)

I finished my animation for the Stopmo Jam on Tuesday. I have a little post work to do however. Here is a production pic of the chick replacement cycle made with Don Carlson's Puppet Putty.

Wendy Solberg sent in this production photo recently of her work in progress.

Nice set up Wendy.  I am getting really excited for this animation Jam.  Now, I just have to find time to do one myself.

Awesome Wendy! What slider rig is that? 

Here is a pic of Justin Kohn working on our entry. 



That's looking really cool.  I'm intrigued. 


Jon Peters said:

Awesome Wendy! What slider rig is that? 

Here is a pic of Justin Kohn working on our entry. 


Here is the 2d test of the bouncing chick cycle used in my STOPMO JAM.

 

Anthony,

How many finished films do you have now?

How many are you expecting/hoping to have in the next 18 days?

Just wanted to share some behind the scenes on my stop mo jam entry! I'm making cut out puppets with some replacement method.

Here is a test cut out puppet. To much white paper on the edges.

I've got a few pages that look like this of heads, hands, feet, etc... Currently cutting everything out and assembling. I've still got a lot of work to do!

Updates on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasminebestart/

Also on my Blog: http://www.jasminebest.com/blog/

Hi Steve, maybe about a dozen have been turned in so far and I know many who are still working on theirs. I can't predict how many will be in the final Jam.

Steve Copeland said:

Anthony,

How many finished films do you have now?

How many are you expecting/hoping to have in the next 18 days?

I'm working on mine. Hopefully it will be finished next week.

I am still working on mine and filming has started.

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