Well this is long over due. About 4 years ago I decided I wanted to make a stopmotion film. I had made some stopmo videos in the past of my action figures but I wanted to really dive in and make something unique.
I came to this site pretty much everyday. I learned all about armatures, plaster molding, even found specs to build a stopmo dolly. It took my 3 years total to make my first stopmotion short film - Machinehead. Its now been selected for 19 film festivals all over the world including Seattle, Hong Kong, Rhode Island, Boston, and Ireland. And its won Best Animation at the Blue Whiskey IFF, Santa Monica FF, Boston IFF. And I received a Rising Star award from the Canada IFF.
I feel bad, that I haven't recognized all the talented contributors to this site because I don't think I would have been able to make Machinehead with out everyone's help and advice.
You can watch the whole film here (its 12min): http://www.bang-awards.com/en/movie/178-machinehead
For my next short film I am combining live action with stopmotion. I've always been fascinated and inspired by the works of Ray Harryhausen and Jan Jvankmejer. I've got all the live action stuff shot, now I'm entering the stopmo phase. I have a kickstarter going for it too. Please check it out and consider donating.
Thanks to everyone for making this the best stopmotion resource on the internet!!
Hi, I'm Mary Byrne. I'm nearly 16 and love the world of animation. I fell in love with 2d animation through many trips to disneyland and the dvd tour of the old animation studios. I first started making animation in 6th grade on Anibooms shape shifter program. I found stopmotion when I ran across their old webcam animator. I didn't think my animations were good enough because when I showed anyone other than my mom, they weren't impressed. I kinda let disapointment get to me until the beginning of 8th grade when my mom got me a drawing tablet (bamboo Wacom) that came with photoshop. I studied the process of a youtube series which I can't remember the name of. Unfortunately I misplaced the pen then lost the cords and found the pen and then the computer crashed. This past year (9th grade) I was in a 2d animation class at my highschool. Really basic stuff but made me realize how much I want to do animation in my daily life. I used an adobe program I think it was flash. I recently got another tablet to use and am experimenting with making wire armatures and hoping to mix my love of diy miniature doll house furniture (I've never like the doll part just the mini sets) with animation. I hope to independently make short films to combine and show at a local movie theater to friends and family. I'm working on the plans for a short film to express my experience with being bullied for being "weird" fat and not straight.
Hi, I just joined and have been loving the experience of reading all the great tips and advice. I'm a film maker and love stop motion and try to "blend" the two film making idioms of animation and live action. I've worked with Jan Svankmajer's animator, Bedrich Glazer and my favorite animators would probably be the Brothers Quay. I'm so inspired by what going on here and am honoured to be able join your community.
Stuart Wolson here.
I've recently taking a liking to the whole stop motion world.
I normally make wire sculptures like in my profile picture and I was hoping to learn a thing or two about how i could use them to make something amazing!
I've been an illustrator for about 30 years, and only just starting out with film and animation. I've even gone back to college to flex my creative muscles in that area. I've done a few paper cutout 2d animation and loved the technique, but want to be a bit adventurous and try something more 3d. Also, ok, I'll admit to being a lurker for the last few years, looking at what everyone does. I'm especially a fan of StopMoNick, and his techniques have really set the fire under my souls (soles...hur hur...sorry).
Hey everyone, I am a student currently working on my final year piece for uni which is a stop motion about a girl with 'deadly' magical power and its been great to have referencing materials and resources to help with the problems I encounter during the production period thus why I joined this site.
My interest in stop motion lean towards the making of puppets and props, so animating them is a bit of a challenge for me right now with the timing and the acting but I've been doing many trails and errors so hopefully it'll be good enough for finals. Thanks everyone for sharing!
Hi! I joined the site to post information about the Kansas City FilmFest, which I'm a programmer for - we have an emphasis on Animation this year, and would like to encourage more animation entries on a regular basis.
I've always been a fan of stop-motion early on, since seeing my first Ray Harryhausen film/Rankin-Bass holiday specials. I did attempts at it in film school, but unfortunately discovered that I didn't have the patience to go further with it... I was lucky enough to see others who did - Richard Zimmerman was a classmate, and his projects were wonderful!
Hey all...I love to paint and design characters...looking to build one very soon.
Hi, My name is Dan Morrow. I thought that I'd sign up and check this site out. I like what I am seeing so far. There are definitely some talented artists on this site. My brother and I recently posted a stop motion project called "Comet". We are hoping to use the video as a pitch to create it into a larger film. Please let me know what you think!
Great work Dan!!
Hey everyone! My name is Adam and I'm a grade 10 student at Etobicoke School of the Arts in Ontario, Canada. I major in visual arts, and I've loved to draw and paint all my life, but much more recently I've developed a passion for film, particularly stop motion animation. I took a film course last year and made a few films, the first of which was a minute long stop motion rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Making it was probably the most exciting work I've ever done, and because of that I've decided that I want to work in the film industry one day. I've done a lot of research since my first stop motion (this website in particular has been very helpful), and I think the next stop motion film I make will be a huge improvement.
The reason I love stop motion so much is because it's an opportunity to create my own world, and to breathe life into characters I've made myself. It's a medium that gives you complete freedom from the limitations of live action film, and allows you to create anything you can imagine. For me, stop motion animation is an endless blank canvas.