THE ORIGINAL STOP MOTION HANDBOOK

An Introduction... Newbies Please Start Here 
written by Mike Brent

 

CAMERA & STAGE

Choosing a Camera for Stop Motion
written by Mike Brent & Eric Scott

Stop Motion Software (Framegrabbers)
written by Lionel Ivan Orozco

 

PUPPETMAKING

Overview of Puppetmaking Techniques 
written by Mike Brent

Sculpting and Moldmaking Overview and Links
written by Mike Brent

Properties of Different Clays
written by Mike Brent

Building a Wire Armature for your Puppet
written by Marc Spess

Building a Wire Armature with Tie-Downs
written by Anthony Scott


Making a Low Cost, Low Tech Stop Motion Puppet
written by Mary Murphy

Using Wax and Silicone Putty
submitted by Mike Brent

Press Molds for Puppet Heads
written by Mike Brent & Jason Spyda Adams

Building up a Classic Stop Motion Monster
written by Richard Svensson

 

SET BUILDING

Building Sets
written by Mike Brent

 

ANIMATION

The 12 Principles of Animation 
annotated for stop motion by Mike Brent

Claymation or Stop Motion: What's the Difference?
written by Mike Brent

The Animator's Toolkit
written by Anthony Scott

The Importance of Using Gages
written by Anthony Scott

Special Effects: water, fire, flying, jumping, throwing
written by Mike Brent

A Simple Flying Rig
written by Anthony Scott

Lip Sync Tutorial
written by Don Carlson

 

POST PRODUCTION

Megamotion Motion Blur Technique
written by Peter Montgomery

STOPMO JAM on Facebook

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STOPMO NEWBIES
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ANIMATOR TALK
experienced animators looking to improve

CAMERA & STAGE
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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

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