I'm here to learn stopmotion animation, and to chat, don't get out much.
I have done stopmotion bits over the years, but never commited, I have done quite a bit more with composing music on piano, I probably will experiment with using my music with my animation, but nothing set in stone, we see, don't know which direction I will go in.
I plan to do Justin Rasch's course next in few months time. I'm trying to prepare myself for that next.
Although I have so much to learn about building puppets and sets and all of it really.
My only regret is that I hadn't joined this community years ago.
I hope all of us make our dreams come true, and find the inspiration to continue to learn and grow and just feel good and enjoy what we do.....
I'm happy to be here....
'nothing beats hands on experience'.
My name is Ted Sydor, and while I've been a member of this site for a long time, I thought I'd say "hello" to all the newer members here. My journey in Stop Motion formally began in on a rainy Fall night in 1991, when I saw the documentary film "The Puppets of Jiri Trnka" at the first meeting of my very first animation class. Whatever plans or ideas I had at the time changed that night, and I became obsessed with learning more about Czech Puppet Film and somehow getting to the studio named for Jiri Trnka that was still operating outside of Prague. While working on a plastic armature (I had yet to learn how to work metal) at a sculpture class at a nearby college, I was introduced to the visiting head of Kratky Film (by most bizarre coincidence), who agreed to make introductions for me at the Trnka Studio later that Summer (if I could get myself to Prague).
Yesterday I was sent a documentary from one of my friends and old teachers, Milan Vins; I had not seen it before, and all those beautiful memories came flooding back. With footage taken just months before I arrived there, below is a taste of the paradise that changed my life in the most wonderful way.
I don't get to work in Puppet Film these days, and my shop, a small piece of that mighty studio recreated here by me, sits dormant. But there is not a single day that goes by where I don't have passing thoughts of that place, those times, and the incredible people I know there.
Ted Sydor (Trikfx)
Owner, Trik Film Efffects
Thanks for posting that amazing video Ted!! Wow, I can certainly see how you were instantly captivated - visiting there must have been like seeing Willy Wonka's, with the added mystery and intrigue of it being in a foreign country steeped in puppetfilm tradition. Thank god for Gene Deitch - he's been the source of some of my best glimpses into this world, and now for the first time I've heard how some of the names I've read so many times are pronounced. Most of them are a little different from what I expected. I recognize a few of the films they're working on - there's When the Leaves Fall From the Oak and The Emperor's Nightingale plus a few more that look familiar but I can't quite place, but also a few I've never glimpsed before. Is it just on my end, or for the last few days do YouTube videos that weren't shot in HD show up only in the upper left corner when you go fullscreen? I'll be watching this one a few more times and then set in to exploring all the treasures showing up in the sidebar next to it as well. It's been too long since my last peek into the Czech puppetfilm world.
Thanks Strider! Glad you enjoyed it. Don't know what to say about the YouTube settings; it seems to expand ok here.
Yeah, it was a real shot in the arm to see it; I have been so immersed in (almost totally unrelated) stage projection work (and fatherhood!) that it is very bitter-sweet for me. I haven't been to Prague in four years now; the longest stretch, by far, since 1992. Pretty depressing, to be honest. As soon as little guy #2 is a little older, I hope the visits there will resume...
Hi, my name is Samuel and i started to do some stopmotion 5 years ago with some Star Wars lego... i dont make to much stopmotion, but i always try do something when i have time... i know that i need to improve a lot of things, and a forum is a nice place to share experiences and information!!!
My name is Paul T. McGilvray (Yes, the T. is important, so not to get confused with my Dad. I think Jnr sounds lame so wanna avoid that) I am 25 years old from Australia
I have been iterested in stop motion for a very long time, and never realised it until recent years of my life. I am inspired by Hnery Selicks work on JJames and the Giant peach, and Coraline, not to mention ALL of Laika's work, Wallance and Grommit, Trap Door, lots of shorts... Look, I can go on forever.
I myself have completed 1 stop motion short, entitled "Archie, the Arachnophobic Arachnid" which is the story of a spider with arachnophobic preparing for a family gathering at his house. The film acts as a metaphor to Social Anxiety, and has been accepted into the Los Angales CineFest.
I am currently in the pre production stage of a more major project entitled "Goblin Soup", which is going to be a quirky children's and adult movie about some very unlikely characters on a simple quest that quickly becomes complicated.
I still have a lot to learn and would love to share what I know, and learn more from like-minded folk who are pushing this amazing art further into the future!
I did some stop motion animation back in high school (with Super 8 film). Even won 3rd place in a California film festival for animation. Sounds impressive until you know there were only three entries! I have always wanted to try it again and it has been very encouraging to listen in on all of you at this site.
Thank you for allowing me to be apart of this community :-)
My name is Angela and I am a recruiter at Laika. I am currently looking for experienced stop motion costume fabricators that have impeccable sewing, draping and pattern making skills as well for a keen eye for detail and construction. If you or anyone you know is interested, please feel free to apply online at www.laika.com. We are also always looking for talented stop mo animators, armaturists, set dressers, set designers, production designers, metal fabricators, carpenters and more. Please check our website for current openings.
Look forward to hearing from you all!