For New Members: A Guide to StopMotionAnimation.com

Welcome to the new 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.

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

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.


Handbooks

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 mobile phones.



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Anthony Scott

Founder and Creator of StopMotionAnimation.com
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Puppet Putty

Puppet Putty is formulated by clay animator Don Carlson. Properties include colors that do not bleed on your hands, a matte finish, cleans up with water, is very light weight, firm, non-greasy and has a silky texture.

MESSAGE BOARD QUICK LINKS

Message Board

Rig removal with a camera move

Started by Christopher Olsen in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Christopher Olsen 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Hey guys, what are everyone's thoughts/tips on rig removal in a moving camera shot? Example would be a pan or a tilt shot where the camera is continuously moving at the same time as the character is moving.Obviously the normal "take a static master…Continue

Tags: move, camera, removal, rig

The Woods Where We Played

Started by Christopher Olsen in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Christopher Olsen 11 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hey guys, I've been a REALLY long time lurker, since the old boards, but I rarely made the time to really dig in and post a lot. Instead I would just find the info I needed, use it shamelessly and rarely even take the time to say "Hey thanks, that…Continue

Copy stand lights

Started by Jane Shadbolt in CAMERA & STAGE 13 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi All I'm setting up a small lab for an animation elective at the University of Newcastle with some copy stands for cut-out and drawn animation and I'm trying to get the lighting right.  I'd really like to go LED or fluorescent (because they last…Continue

Camera Count

Started by Michael in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Jack Liddon 19 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi to everybody, this is my first post here.I am looking to purchase a used Canon 40D to be used with Dragonframe.  I keep seeing people on ebay asking what is the camera count.  Since I would be using a frame grabber, is the count something I…Continue

Stop Motion Camera Slider Rig

Started by Christopher Olsen in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Jack Liddon 20 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hey guys, thought I would share the stop motion camera rig I built for a film I'm working on right now.The rig is fairly simple in design, it's just two aluminum rails from IKEA that I bolted to two pieces of masonite laminated together for…Continue

how do you animate doll eyes with no hole?

Started by Dawn Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Christopher Olsen yesterday. 5 Replies

Hi guys,I have a question that no doubt many have run into before. I want to use doll eyes in my stop-mo puppets. The doll eyes come with a stem in the back, that's easy  to grind off so now they are round. But how do you animate them without…Continue

Tags: doll, eyes

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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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