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

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Hello!

My name's Dante and I mostly work in writing and the two-dimensional arts (painting, printmaking, etc) with some sculpting, however I am excited to start exploring the possibilities of animation and three-dimensional storytelling. I've loved stop-motion movies for many years and like a lot of people here I was introduced to it through the work of Harryhausen thanks to my grandfather. t was the discovery of the Quay Brothers, the Czech Surrealists and the dark world of Adam Jones that made me seriously consider trying it for myself.

Right now I have my first professional armature (an Anibild 3) and a few solid scenes to work from, taken from a short story I wrote a couple of years ago. I did a small test for light and camera positioning using a mat-board maquette of the first scene which worked out nicely, but I'm currently floating in a void between knowing what I want, but not knowing how to execute the idea in terms of set materials (and how to build a functional set), mapping out movement and so on.

Despite these inevitable beginner's hurdles, I'm excited to see where my stop-motion journey goes!

Hello, my name is Bob.  I'm 36 years old and have always been fascinated by stop motion animation.  I loved watching all the old movies with Ray Harryhausen and could watch the stop motion from the Star Wars series over and over.

I don't know why, but one day about two years ago I got a bug in that made me decide to give it a try.  I have been dealing with it off and on over the years, having a hard time sticking with it on a continuing basis, primarily because I have a family to take care of.

Other than web videos and a few books, I'm primarily self taught through trial and error.

Right now everything I make looks pretty shoddy because I don't have the money for an HD camera or the room for good lighting equipment, but I try my best.  Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to post some of my stuff.

Hey guys,
I'm just a regular guy from Switzerland doing stop motion animation (mostly brickfilms) in my free time, while working full time as a web developer.

I have been making stop motion movies since 1994 and it always fascinated me to bring objects to life and to tell a story with them. In my opinion I have reached my goal, when people watch my movies, have fun and forget that it's LEGO they're looking at. They just see the characters and the story. If it feels easy and natural then I did a good job.

I started out with a regular VHS video camera that could shoot 1/4 of a second (so 4fps). Over the years technology got better, computers got more advanced and I started to make movies with the Lego Studio, iStopmotion and now Dragonframe.

Now, I film with a NIKON DSLR and Dragonframe und almost spend as much time adding visual effects in post with After Effects as I do animating. I am really passionate about it and if it weren't for my full time job, I would be animating a lot more :-)

Hello everybody, 

So I've been using this website for a few years, and i didn't realize that there's an introduction page.

So Hello!  My name is Alejandra, I like stop-motion.

Come check out my blog where I post stuff that I'm working on. I'm a bit more active on my instagram 

Hey, nice place you got here! Thanks for keeping the riff raff out, although how I got in is still up for debate.

I just started in Stop Motion about a month ago using Lego. My desire is to use it as a fun learning tool to teach kids how to improve their building with Lego bricks. I started a Youtube channel for this purpose, and while I really know much about the techniques behind stop motion at the very least I hope it is fun for kids to watch. My two daughters were the motivator behind this and love stop motion themselves.

Hopefully I can learn a lot here and I hope to be able to share whatever I learn with others.

Thanks for having me!

Hi all:

I'm an artist, sculptor and sometime film maker. I started fiddling with stop motion with the family Super 8 back in the 70s, and moved on to working with digital 3D and 2D. I just got a nice Canon DSLR and learned that there were software solutions for using it to do stop motion work, so I am trying my hand at it again. No thoughts to make the next epic feature film, but I'm hoping to do some personal work and maybe some commercial/corporate pieces for the office. Looking forward to learning from the people here. 

Hi! I'm an animator and professor from Brazil. Been teaching stop-motion in art school for 7 years now. Slowly going back to making films (my last short was released in 2010).

Currently working on a project named "Nest of Salt", a horror story set in France during The Great War. Currently buying supplies and testing some materials before I start building the actual puppets. Also re-doing the storyboard to make a proper animatic.

Hello, fellow creatives! I have been involved in video production for the past five years now. A few years ago when my first son was to be born, my wife and I brainstormed ideas for a birth announcement video. The winning idea was to use the stuffed animals we had purchased for our boy as characters in the film. Having only a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and After Effects, I shot my first ever stop motion animation. You can find it here. While it is by no means an excellent piece, it piqued my interest in the art. Now, expecting our third child, we decided it was time to play catch up and make a short stop motion animation film for our daughter. That decision led me to research the best methods and techniques for animation - leading me down a rabbit hole that I have been gladly lost in for a few weeks now. I just got Dragonframe this past week and hope to get started with some animation tests in the next few weeks.

I've already learned a ton from this group and expect to learn much more. Thanks for contributing. 

Hello there,

i am a Media Art and Design Student from Germany.
This semester me an my friend want to make a short animation, even though we know next to nothing about Stop Motion Animation.
My believe is that you learn the fastest and most effective if you just dive right in and give it your all. So i've been scouring the internet (especially so this site) for weeks to learn the basics and have come to the conclusion that i'll probably never be able to absorb all the knowledge that is collected here. (Good god, it's a lot.)

I am very excited to see where this project will lead me. I can already tell that i'm in love with this very traditional hands on way of creating an animation.

Wish me luck :)

Welcome! I'm new to both the art and the website myself, so I'll be learning along with you. Good luck!


Hello Joshua, thanks for the welcome.
I'm looking forward to see where we will be in a few months time.
Good luck to you too!


Joshua Bartels said:

Welcome! I'm new to both the art and the website myself, so I'll be learning along with you. Good luck!

Thank you for the welcome, James.

Oh i completely understand you since i have to really restrain myself from posting any question without doing some extensive research beforehand.
And the procrastination problem is the very reason i blindly dive into projects with insane deadlines. I think every creative soul tends to have a severe case of procrastination from time to time.
I hope you'll find your motivation to get back to it!


James Krysa said:

Welcome guys.  I wish you good luck with your project.  It does take your all to get something together.  I find I am more likely to make an animation if I just dive right in and give it your all, as you say.  It is a big learning experience, especially just setting up all the basic equipment to get started...there are a few great characters on this site that will give you lots of guidance and support....if you need it.  I went bit ocd over the top when I started.  Asking a million and one questions lol yeah just dive in and get started your half way there.  I think so many of us are procrastinators of one kind of another, there are always excuses or reasons we can come up with not to do it or give up.  It does take ABC OR XYZ or whatever you want to call it to start, process and result. ...but yeah good luck guys... I hope you stick with it, I plan to get back into it...since the Stopmojam challenge I have turned somewhat into a bit of a vegetable state lol. what are we waiting for hey.  just do it.  I hope you find what creative process works for you... 

James.            



MotionNovice said:

Hello there,

i am a Media Art and Design Student from Germany.
This semester me an my friend want to make a short animation, even though we know next to nothing about Stop Motion Animation.
My believe is that you learn the fastest and most effective if you just dive right in and give it your all. So i've been scouring the internet (especially so this site) for weeks to learn the basics and have come to the conclusion that i'll probably never be able to absorb all the knowledge that is collected here. (Good god, it's a lot.)

I am very excited to see where this project will lead me. I can already tell that i'm in love with this very traditional hands on way of creating an animation.

Wish me luck :)

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