Hi everyone, my name is Ruth and I am from Leyton in East London. I've been lurking on this site for a few years now but i'm a bit rubbish at interacting, sorry!
Lovely to read all your stories! Here's mine...
I got into stop-motion while at University. I took a course in traditional (mostly hand-drawn) animation but we did a stop-mo project in year 2 and I was instantly hooked. I've always loved animation and building/making things and something just clicked.
After Uni, I got a day job doing admin at a record label. I was always talking about animation to my colleagues and after they saw some of my work they asked me to make a music video for one of their bands. I went on to make a few more for them and then some other labels too.
I really loved working there but I wanted to do more animation (and less book-keeping) so I quit and went freelance doing waitressing/bar work part-time.
Since then i've been freelancing as an animator and managed to get part-time jobs as an artist assistant and architectural model-maker which is awesome, but I only do it to feed my stop-mo habit ha ha! It definitely is an addiction :-S
BTW is anyone here based in London? I would love to work on collaborations, organise meet-ups and screenings in the future.
I have always liked plastic arts, painting, etc. Also cinema. When a child I loved plasticine. So now... my elder son is 3 years and I started to make some films for him... just 20-30 secs. He loved it!, so, now.... i decided to go further and enjoy the art deeply. I bougth few sets of lego, and I ll try to do some war footage..
So, I ll try to start with easy things, and getting into the thing, lights, software, edition, etc.
So, hello to all and I ll probably post with questions soon!
Hi John thanks for talking about your exploration. I too am keen to start out with stop motion animation, I'm 36 and was starting to think I'm too oid to learn new tricks. I'm also trying machinima and adobe after effects. But I have a very patient and logical mind and coming from a background of learning computer programming as well as a writing background, I think stop motion might be a good way to go. I haven't bought any gear yet. Can you advise where to get the good stuff (not too expensive, but not "for kids") I'm also interested in clay sculpting so would like to build my own puppets.
I've been looking around the site for a while. So, it's time to say something.
I recently became interested in stop motion and began researching the subject. I've accumulated a lot of info and started building armatures. Then, I found this place. Awesome!!! Hopefully, I can help folks out with some of my experiences since I've gotten a few good tips on here already.
I'm looking forward to animating and sharing with everyone here. ...soon.
Hello, my name is Geoff. ***"HI, GEOFF"****
I'm an animator who started out doing 3D CGI animation, and did that for about 10 years, making games and corporate video, and then stepped away from it for a few years. I've come back and I'm focusing on doing a stop-motion film because I love the art form.
I'm working on a short film called Tragic Magic, the story of an old wizard and his apprentice, and visit by Death puts them into a pickle. It's roughly 50% complete, and I hope to finish it this year. (I'll put up an in-depth summary in the forums soon). To follow my sporadic progress, I post updates on Twitter: @tragicmagicfilm
Hope to learn and share on this website here.
If you have a reasonable computer (desktop or laptop), you can get started for the price of a webcam. Download some free software (try AnimaShooter Junior ), plug a second-hand webcam into a spare USB socket, say a Logitech C920 USB HD Pro ( saw this one on eBay just now for a tenner ( British pounds )), and you can throw away that Gaf and start over for practically nothing...
James Hebson said:
Hello all. There was a time back in the Dark Ages 1960's when I did a fair amount of animation using my tristy GAF Super-8 camera. I suppose that I was fair at it as I was invited to travel to local High Schools to show and discuss my films. Anyhow, my deep attraction to the opposite sex caused a need to become married at the ripe old age of Seventeen and raise a family. Forty-seven years later and I am still married to the same beautiful girl. Only now I have two adult children and two young Grandsons. I also have my GAF and no film to run through it. I would like to pass on my love of animation to my Grandsons, but I would like to use more modern equipment. I have read that DSLR is okay but very hard on the camera. That's a whole lot of frames to take. My Grandsons are Eleven and Eight years of age. Any guidance for this old newby would really be appreciated. Being on a medical retirement money is somewhat tight. Although I do have more than I did in 1966. Thank you all for any and all advice. Jim "POPPY"
Eve This is the first time really seeing your work,,very nice
Eve L.Cyr said:
I'm a model maker from Montreal, Canada. I thought I'd share my new portfolio here: https://www.evelamoureuxcyr.com/
Also, I'm looking forward to participate in the next StopMo Jam!
Hi, new to the site and fairly new to stop motion. I've been interested in it for years and have always wanted to get more involved, but, life happens. Now, I'm 58 yrs old, and finally have started working on a armature for my first puppet.
Hi, Mark welcome to the site, it's a great fun and friendly place!, it's never too late to start something, hope to see your working progress :)
Hi all. I'm also fairly new to the site and also past 50 (gasp!) but a lifelong fan of sci-fi and stop motion. Just getting back into it after a 25-year hiatus and loving the digital format and easy-to-use apps now available. Starting off with iMotion, iMovie, and Frameographer and we'll see where it goes from there. Wish there had been a site like this when I was a teen... oh wait, there was no Internet... no PC, no Mac... well, at least we had Starlog! :)