For New Members: A Guide to StopMotionAnimation.com

Welcome to StopMotionAnimation.com

This website had a complete overhaul in June of 2012. Many new features, such as easy photo uploading, posting videos and writing blogs, are now available to members. If you're new to the site or have been away for awhile, here's a highlight of all the changes.


You've got your own page!

Go to the navigation bar at the top of this page and click on My Page. Here you will find your most recent posts and comments.  You can customize your page by clicking on the Text Box's edit tab.  Add photos, a video, blogs or a link to your homepage. On the left side column, you can access all your blogs, discussions on the Message Board, events, photos, photo albums, and videos. Click on My Likes to revisit any posts you've marked with the Like button. It's a good way to bookmark things.


Search the Site

On the upper right corner there is a handy Search bar. It's a good place to go first if you are trying to find something specific on this massive site.


Message Board

This was the heart of the original site and where most discussions take place. It has been recreated here with essentially the same categories such as Stopmo Newbies, Stop Motion and Computers, Camera and Stage, Your Stopmo Film ProjectGeneral Puppet Making, Stop Motion Film Discussion, Jobs & Projects and over 20 other specialized forums.  If you're looking to post a discussion or debate, this is the first place to go.  It is also an excellent place to ask a question.  If you're new to the site, there is a thread to introduce yourself here.  Please do not duplicate your post and put it in different forums or blogs,  think about which forum is the best home for your discussion.  The latest Message Board posts are constantly updated and listed on the recent activity sidebar.  Message Board quick link buttons are located on the sidebar as well.  Click on Read New to read the most recent posts.


Blogs

Blogs are new to StopMotionAnimation.com and they are a great place to post an article for the site. If you want to write about the progress of your puppet or film project, try creating a blog. Editing your posts are easy, as there is no time limit imposed. You can easily add photos and embed video. Try to keep the topic of your blog about a specific subject. Access blogs here or go to My Page to start your own blog. If you are looking for advice, the best place to post a question is the Message Board.


Photos and Videos 

Now it is easy to post your photos and videos. Just follow the instructions to easily upload your digital photos right from your computer. Videos from YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo can be embedded on the site as well.


Events

An Event Calendar is new to the site. If you know of a Film Festival, exhibit, or some other stop motion related event, please feel free to post it there.


Tutorials

The Handbooks were written to help provide assistance to newer animators in an attempt to answer some of the most often asked questions. The Original Stop Motion Handbook was written by a multitude of members several years ago and covers topics such as Sculpting and Moldmaking, Building a Wire Armature, and Lip Sync. The Stop Motion Animator's Handbook is currently a work in progress and focuses more on the animation process itself. Chapters include Armatures, Posing the Puppet, Animation Basics, and Walking & Running. More will be written in the future.


Links

A collection of many external online resources for animators including: puppet armatures, stop motion software, animation studios, animator homepages and blogs and many other sites.


Chat

This site now offers a live chat feature accessible near the bottom right corner of the site.


Mobile Phone Site

There is now a mobile-optimized site for members using smart phones.



Welcome to the site



Anthony Scott

Founder and Creator of StopMotionAnimation.com
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KUBO and the Two Strings

MESSAGE BOARD CATEGORIES

STOPMO NEWBIES
basic stopmo discussion

ANIMATOR TALK
experienced animators looking to improve

CAMERA & STAGE
animation camera, lighting and moco rigs

ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
animation tool and rigging discussion

STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS
frame capture, editing, and post-production

STORY
script, storyboarding and storyreel discussion

SOUND
lip-sync, sound effects and music

YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT
discuss your stopmo film

ARMATURES
ball & socket and wire armature discussion

MACHINE SHOP
metalwork tool & talk

SCULPTING
sculpture information and advice

HAIR & COSTUME
materials, patterns and technique

CASTING
foam, silicone and resin

CLAY
clay puppet construction

GENERAL PUPPET MAKING
other puppet fabrication issues

STOP MOTION SETS
set design and construction information

MODEL DEPARTMENT
miniature prop discussion

MATTE PAINTINGS
glass matte paintings and backgrounds

GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION

FAVORITE STOP MOTION CHARACTERS

PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION

FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

ANIMATION SCHOOLS

STOP MOTION BOOKS

STOP MOTION ON VIDEO

JOBS & PROJECTS
post here if you are looking for talent to hire

SWAP MEET
stop motion items for sale

CHAT BOARD
general discussion

SITE FEEDBACK
report bugs, comments and suggestions here

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BLOGS

Create a Blog for your personal page. Go to My Page and click on Blog Posts. Access all Blog Posts here.

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