Here's the idea: 30 Days of stop motion.  Each day we do an animation test based on a simple topic.  Any style of stop motion works.  

https://www.facebook.com/StopMotionSeptember/?skip_nax_wizard=true

This is a little late, but the idea just came to me while listening to a podcast online.  I am going to be doing this anyways, but would love to get the entire community involved.  

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This sounds super fun!  I don't know how many days I'll actually be able to participate, but I'll definitely keep an eye on it an jump in if I have time.

The first topic is GLIDE.  You can post it directly to the facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/StopMotionSeptember/

Nice idea, but I only get one or two days a week when I can escape to my studio to do some animation.  And the next 4 days are no good.  I can think of something for Glide, too, but it would take 3 days of making before I was ready to shoot.  So maybe not for me, most days...  

Ok, looked at your test, and I'm clearly making it much too complicated!  Is that a Gold Gumby?  (For mine I was picturing a steampunk flying machine, where the engine fails, and then the pilot has to glide to safety.  I have a walking machine, so would need to add wings, then make a sturdy flying rig that can support its weight, key it over background images.  Yep, over-complicating it.)  

So yeah, I could jump in with a little mini-test now and then.  Once a week would probably fit in with most people a bit better, but if you're up for a daily animation test, we can at least cheer you on! 

Thanks Nick. You've got the idea.  I am trying to establish a daily animation habit and work up from there.  I thought that simple tests that support the primary principals of animation would help get me, and many others, back to the basics.  I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.  And if you get the chance, your idea for Glide sounds great.

Yes, that is a golden Gumby.  It was a gift from my animation tutors and I couldn't think of a better use than to animate with it.

When will you announce the topic for Day 2?  (It's already 4:25 pm on Tuesday, the second of Sept, where I am. Not sure what the day or time is where you are, our Eastern Australia time zone is way out of phase with most of you unless you live in Vladivostok.)

I was planning on posting it in the morning, but do you think it would be better to post it the night before so people had time to think on it over night? I am in Oregon, so Pacific Standard Time.

Here's what I came up with today. The topic is SPIN. Just to show how simple/uncomplicated it can be.

The first three days have been lots of fun.  The topics were GLIDE, SPIN, and ROLL.  Here are the rest of the first ten in case you want to plan ahead.  4-ZOOM, 5-WAVE, 6-BOUNCE, 7-JUMP, 8-HEAVY, 9-SPRING, 10-SQUASH.

https://www.facebook.com/StopMotionSeptember/

I really like the idea ,however  the time to create something is very short. Furthermore, I don’t have any idea how to upload a video in FB. No mailadres or button or what so ever. Maybe it’s because I’m not a FB user and therefor the page looks very confusing for me.

What I would   like even more  is a sort of online course whit these basic movements. Create a 5 seconds shot with a “bounce”  “jump” “wave” or “scream” etc. and give and get comments of other users and more experienced  animators. Not only likes . And preferably in winter

Maybe we could run something on here in a month or two with that sort of concept.  An online stop motion boot camp of sorts with critiques would probably be helpful for a lot of people.

You are right, it is a pretty quick turn around time. This is the type of regime that I needed to jump in and for a daily training, but I do realize that it doesn't work for everyone. 

Thanks for the feedback Cor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjOW9chZPgE

Here's what came out of my 30-day challenge.  It was really nice and I feel like a learned quite a bit doing it.

impressive stuff. you get very natural human movement.  i also loved the wave one.

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