For New Members: A Guide to

Welcome to the new

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.

News Page

All the latest posts are posted on the News page. You can easily click on anything in the Latest Activity section and be brought into the discussion, watch the video, or comment on a photo.  

Recent Activity Sidebar

No matter which page you are on, always residing on the right side column is the Recent Activity Sidebar. This listing will keep you updated with all the latest posts on the Message Board, Blogs, Photos, Videos and Events. This Week's Top 10 lists the most popular of these posts and topics.  The sidebar also includes access to your inbox,  member settings, and a link to report feedback or spam.

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 Newbie Corner, 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 are new to 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 mobile phones.

Thanks again for signing up!

Anthony Scott

Founder and Creator of
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Message Board

Haze Effects

Started by Thomas Nicol in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by StopmoNick 36 minutes ago. 7 Replies

Is there a way to give the appearance of volumetric haze in a stopmo scene?  The straightforward way seems doomed to failure in a stopmo environment (unless there's some magical haze product out there that maintains a perfectly consistent density…Continue

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole yesterday. 261 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

Jim Danforth Vol 2 out now!

Started by StopmoNick in STOP MOTION BOOKS. Last reply by John Downey on Tuesday. 2 Replies

Woo Hoo!  I just put in my order for Vol 2 of Jim Danforth's autobiography, published by Archive Editions.  It is published on a CD rather than as a printed book, which I would have preferred, but it does manage to fit a huge amount of material in…Continue

Tags: Timegate, Caveman, trickfilm, motion, Stop

Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!

Started by Strider in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Thomas Nicol on Tuesday. 18 Replies

I've got a camera that doesn't allow any kind of remote shutter release, mechanical or electronic, and I'd like to rig one up for it. My idea is to use some kind of linear actuator Mythbusters style. I've seen them use these things to push all kinds…Continue

Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?

Started by Ron Cole in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Greyguy on Tuesday. 46 Replies

I recently purchased a Canon Rebel T5 (not T5i) and I need to buy a Nikon lens and lens adapter for it. I thought that would be easy but I've been frustrated for days trying to figure out what to buy. All I want is a basic standard lens. (I was…Continue

Tags: Nikon, lens, adapter, T5, Rebel

DSLR Flickering issues?

Started by Raven Ocara in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Santino Vitale on Tuesday. 11 Replies

So I have Dragonframe 3.6 and am using a Canon T5 camera with the standard lens that it came with. I am using desk lamps for my lighting and black poster boards for my floor and wall. I have two Lego Bionicle characters trying to talk to each other-…Continue



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