Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.

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Hello all, glad to see so many animators and fanatics!

I'm Zoe AKA Fatblood a video artist & director for WalkingHouse ( my new production company ). I got back into stop motion recently and I'm reteaching myself the craft since I haven't taken a class since college. I'm currently working on my first personal short film & a few bumpers. I'm setting out to do it all, while looking for others who want to trade and offer services to make stuff till we find paid work! I'm a animation director (from previous agency work), art director, storyboard artists, editor, producer, fabricator, dragon frame fanatic, and animation fan / historian.

I look forward to chatting and helping when ever I can?

I still check in daily, but I know a few animators who are mostly found on Facebook these days and hardly ever show up here.  I don't do the live chat room thing though, I'm on such a different time zone from the US and UK.  Anyway welcome to the message board Bigwig!

Ahoyhoy,

Did a 2 year animation course at st.johns college in cork ireland.

Found out that I like making models quite a bit. Currently working on a 3 minute stop motion. There's a lot to learn! 

Very glad that I found this site. Happy to see that I'm not alone in my madness.

I'm Johan from Holland.

I've been a sculptor for ages and do some puppet building on the side. I specialize in human heads. I'm not a stopmo animator nor do I want to be, I'm just in it for the puppets. However I will be making some demo's with moving puppets as a promotion for themselves. I think its beautiful how they eventually come to life. Hope to make a lot of them in the future

gr.

Hello everyone,

My name is Astrid Chamberland and I am from Belgium. I have recently ended my Bachelor Animation Film at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels and am going for my Masters next academic year. 

My interest in stop motion was prominent in my second year, when we got the assignment to make a stop motion universe and animate it without any script. With the endless creatieve possibilities of stop motion, I created a simple but rusty swamp of scrap. Receiving a positive feedback, I decided to dig further in one of the most fascinating media. 

I want to post some of my work from time to time here by referring to my Behance portfolio and Vimeo occasionally. Without further ado, I present you a link to both sites. Most of my work is already visible on Behance. 

Behance:

https://www.behance.net/astridchamberland

Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/user28364832 

Have a nice day and talk to you soon! 

Good Morning everyone! My name is Troy Stith and I'm based out of Columbus, OH. I grew up on a steady diet of Will Vinton's claymation, not to mention all the other talented animators of the time. My love for it has only grown over the ages and I'm still pulled into the magic it takes to make stop motion happen. Although, my last attempts at basic stop motion with toys died with VHS, I'm looking to start researching into bringing a story idea I have to life. 

Although I don't have much stop motion experience at this point, I have been involved with sculpting, making toys, doing designer toy customs, and painting the past five years or so. It seems like I've come full circle now and I'm ready to start bringing my skills together for a bigger project. 

I'm looking forward to checking out more of the threads on here and sharing some of my work! 

Hi I am Fatima. I am a graphic designer .Before 2 years I got interested in animation specially stop motion way. I hope to get more and more information from this interesting site.

Have a nice day every one :)

Hi!  I've joined this forum to learn more about stop motion animation.  I was recently introduced to it while taking an animation class with my son.  He's interested in animation and so I decided to take a class with him.  Wow!  I'm loving it.  Specifically stop motion animation.  It's really fun and allows my imagination to create anything I want.   During the day, I run a website focused on comics, called IndieComicsTracker.com.  I hope to network with all of you and learn more!

Hi folks. Finally joining this site after hearing about it for years, and I can already see a few people I recognize from YouTube and whatnot. I've been animating for about 7 years now, currently 17 years old, and am now in the spot of trying to get into an art school to pursue animation further there. I plan on posting some of my already completed animations here, although I may not have too much progress to show on the stop motion side of things at least for a brief period, as I am more focused on still life drawings to build my portfolio to show to schools. Hopefully I'll still be able to make a few short practice animations on the side though!

Looking forward to checking out other people's work and hopefully learning a thing or two.

Here's my channel if you want to see some of my stuff: https://www.youtube.com/user/cjanimation

Hi everyone, I'm Chris Diaz. Even though I've been posting on here about the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival for a while, I realized I never actually introduced myself.

I'm a freelance animator/illustrator from Montreal. I used to lurk a lot on the old boards. I was kid in the 80's, so all the movies still used stop motions for SFX. Ghostbusters, Robocop, Dragonslayer, these were the films I absolutely adored as a kid. Stop Motion was also everywhere: music videos, commercials, television shows...consequently, I've loved stop motion since I was young enough to watch TV.

It wasn't until a Reading Rainbow episode that I first discovered how stop motion was done. It was a bit of a watershed moment for me because it was the first time I ever saw the process, and the first time I went "I want to do that." God bless you, Levar Burton!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE15oMLWVkc

It wasn't until I had gotten into the animation program at Concordia in that I learned about the history of stop motion and would be exposed to stop motion from other countries, such as Svankmajer, The Brothers Quay, Jiri Barta, Jiri Trnka, etc. Also, the proliferation of blogs in the early to mid 2000's also helped as more animators and animation enthusiasts could easily start hosting their own blogs. Before youtube, I used to visit AtomFilms a lot and watch stop motion shortsby independent animators. This is where I was exposed to The Box Man, The Canhead series, and a bunch of other great indie shorts. There were also a great series of torrents back in the day called "Beltesassar's Great Animation Festival" that used to collect great 2D and stop motion animated shorts. I think I later found out they were rips of "The Animation Show" DVDs.

This is the first thing I ever animated in stop motion. It was for my stop-mo class at Concordia:

https://vimeo.com/4932865

I haven't had the chance to work on too many stop motion projects, they don't come around very often. The last one I worked on was for a small documentary called The Wanted 18. My latest demo can be found here:

https://vimeo.com/104468627

I've been helping coordinate the Montreal Stop Motion Festival for the past three years. It's run by my old Stop-Motion teacher, Erik Goulet, who's crazy about stop motion. He started the festival after his wife suggested he start his own when he was complaining about there not being enough stop motion at a bunch of animation festivals he had attended. I like him, I like the festival, and I love stop motion, so that's what I've been doing with my time!

Joe here, a total rank amateur with a long term interest in stop animation. Never thought I'd be able to do it, as film movie cameras that could shoot one frame at a time seemed expensive. Got started when I found out it's done with webcams and dslr's now.

One of my other hobbies is photography, so I already had a dslr. I tried a webcam as well but went back to the dslr, as it has MUCH more control(at least for me) than a webcam does.

I'm no puppet maker, I use whatever toys/props I can get ahold of. LOVE army men! 

Hope you don't mind a total noob, improvement is going to be slow. It took MANY weekends just to get Baby Godzilla vs Army Men done, and it's only 1:28 min long!!

Welcome, Joe! Many of us started out with movie cameras or a video camera that could only shoot about a second of video at a time. That really points out how recent the framegrabbing technology is. A compositor at Laika started out as a childhood friend, and we animated on each others' films. Neither of us had a VCR, and we had to try to back-edit using a jog wheel on a VHS deck (he had super VHS). I remember, almost fondly, when there was no way to record a true single frame with video. That was only 7 years before Anasazi Animator would revolutionize stop motion, making it the first free video animation program for Windows. After that it was Stop Motion Pro and Dragon...We're spoiled now.

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