Hey Gang,

We are proud to announce the release of Stop Motion Magazine’s Issue #16 – The ParaNorman Issue!!!


As you may already now ParaNorman is the latest film released by LAIKA and Focus Features. We were lucky enough to hook up with Focus and LAIKA to bring you this very in-depth issue. What you will find in this issue are exclusive interviews with some of the creative geniuses behind the film. We interviewed Directors - Chris Butler and Sam Fell, CEO/Lead Animator - Travis Knight, Georgina Hayns - Supervisor of Puppet Design and Fabrication, Jeremy Spake – Armature Designer, Brad Schiff – Animation Supervisor, and Tristan Oliver – Director of Photography. They gave us detailed and amazing interviews to questions only a magazine dedicated to stop motion could ask.

You can download it free now at stopmotionmagazine.com (Direct Link: http://stopmotionmagazine.com/?page_id=518)

Also, there will be PRINT ISSUES!!!

We are going to offer print issues of our current and past releases for purchase. So now you can collect SMM at a reasonable price, $10 an issue. You’ll still be able to get the download issues for free, but by purchasing a print issue you will help us to continue circulating and creating new issues. Also this will allow SMM to grow and bring you more in-depth coverage. We hope you are as excited as we are.

So go now and download you free copy of Issue #16 the ParaNorman Issue. AND GO SEE THE FILM!!!

Keep Animating

John Ikuma
Executive Editor
Stop Motion Magazine

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Good job on the magazine John, chock full of informative stopmo tidbits!

Great Issue! This one is indeed full of good things. I love any details of stop motion and puppet creation from steel to silicone and this issue covers it. It always leaves me wanting more.

Yes John GREAT issue!

Yes, a great issue! (maybe the best so far) Thanks John
.. Jbd

Excellent John!   Definitely one of your best!  Covering the one film from the perspective of several different people involved in different roles gives a really well rounded view.  I have to wait another month before the film makes it out here, so thanks for giving me something to chew on while I wait.  

I've also ordered the Making Of/Art Of book from Amazon, hope they do as good a job as you did.

I'm only half way through this issue so far - riveted and hanging on every word! I was particularly intrigued with the discussion about the type of silicone used. GI-1000 REALLY??? That's only a mold making silicone to me, only the ultra-fast-cast curing agent is clear, so how do they avoid the blue color?


Forgive me, I'm struggling with materials choices on casting a new puppet right now and I was thinking of switching back to urethane rubber instead of silicone... but now THIS! All I can think is 'if that's what they used on Paranorman, then that's what I should use!'. But where's the clear & slow catalyst?

Fascinating issue!!!  :)

You can always paint silicone and for zombies I would guess it would be in your favor to have a little blue tent. But and I mean a BIG "But", I have seen a GI-1000 in non-tented. The puppet builders I've talked to and Georgina Hayns suggest GI-1110. I would suggest starting there. Also, I'm surprised you didn't pick up on the Foam Latex casting first then the Silicone cast over the Foam Latex thing she said. That made my head spin with excitement. Good bye heavy silicone puppets. Hello Hybrids!!!

Ron Cole said:

I'm only half way through this issue so far - riveted and hanging on every word! I was particularly intrigued with the discussion about the type of silicone used. GI-1000 REALLY??? That's only a mold making silicone to me, only the ultra-fast-cast curing agent is clear, so how do they avoid the blue color?


Forgive me, I'm struggling with materials choices on casting a new puppet right now and I was thinking of switching back to urethane rubber instead of silicone... but now THIS! All I can think is 'if that's what they used on Paranorman, then that's what I should use!'. But where's the clear & slow catalyst?

Fascinating issue!!!  :)

Thank you for such an amazing issue. Plenty of information and insights to keep me busy for a long time.

this issue is great................in depth look..............it should be added to Art and making of paranorman.........

Ron even well before this article I have been experimenting with similar types of silicones. They are not the GI-1000 related series but they have the same properties except they have half of the tear strength. When I was making one part molds with deep undercuts I saw how well it took the details and how much it could take from removing the resin pieces that I figured I could give it a try for thin skins. If it wasn't for experimenting I would have just thought it was for just mold making as well. I just had some much on hand at one point that I just went wild trying things.

John - I've used GI_1000 gazillions of times and the blue color is more than just a slight 'tint', it's more of a deepish sky blue. So there would be no way to easily paint over it without needing to build up a totally (thick) opaque layer of silicone paint over it.

The fast-cast catalyst is the one that's clear, that's REALLY fast stuff! but I suppose it's possible to get out a casting with it but, there's a couple of problems with that... there's not chance to de-gas it so you're gonna have air bubble problems. The other problem is that silicone cast with the fast-cast stuff tends to be more brittle and rips more easily so, that's not a good option for a puppet.

I don't think I've ever used GI-1110 so that might be what they used but she did mention that the silicone manufacturer (Silicones Inc.) worked with them to produce a good formulation for them so, my guess is that they just removed the tint from the regular speed catalyst.

Ron from the applications selection at Silicones Inc under special effects/animatronics/tin cured they have listed GI-1000* (transparent) and GI-1110* (translucent). So it looks like they have special formulations for these.

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