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Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philmation Oct 18, 2014. 7 Replies

Just saw the premiere tonight, and was amazed to see stopmotion in the credits. Oh, some weird sexual stuff going on, mostly between skeletons - just a heads up. Continue

Institute Benjamenta and Svankmajer's Alice on blu-ray

Started this discussion. Last reply by vitriol Oct 18, 2013. 1 Reply

Why didn't it occur to me to check for this sooner? Blu-ray is perfect for Svankmajer's films, with all their…Continue

Conan the Barbarian - and --- Postmodernism??!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Owora Sep 6, 2013. 10 Replies

I know, Conan as good of a movie as it is has no stopmotion, but this is the Story subforum, and this post is about story. Well, and also about a subject we've talked about many times in the past (this post is dedicated to Uncle LIO )The other day I…Continue

Koura the Animator - Ray's dark alter-ego?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oldschooler Jun 22, 2013. 70 Replies

I just watched Golden Voyage and couldn't help but notice a few things - not sure if anyone ever pointed this out before or not, though I know I'm not the…Continue

Lighting Control Thread

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Jun 8, 2013. 5 Replies

This is an attempt to condense the information from the original massive lighting control thread on the old board, which was long and meandering and filled with a lot of non-essential info (though some of it was quite good). I want to try to just…Continue

Frankenweenie Pistachio commercial

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Feb 23, 2013. 8 Replies

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Why are people asking questions on their own blogs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Dec 13, 2012. 3 Replies

Every now and then I browse through the personal blogs on this site just to see what people have been up to, and lately I see a lot of people who have never been on the message board itself (at least never posted there) making a blog and asking…Continue

ParaNorman puppet assembly clip and a question (or two.. )

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Catizone Feb 9, 2013. 18 Replies

I wonder why it looks like they remove the legs and insert straight steel rods in their place? Unless I missed something, it looks like the rods were still in when the rubber was poured. Possibly they were just pouring a skin that was then pulled on…Continue

 

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Strider replied to John Downey's discussion Brothers Quay
"Thanks for posting John - it's been too long since my last Quay fix! I would definitely go see the touring show if it came to St Louis, but Chicago is too far. I'll settle for getting the Blu Ray when it comes out. I love their whole…"
19 hours ago
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"I should add - I only drew one wall with a strip along the side and one with a strip along the bottom - but really a wild wall would need both, so it can be firmly attached along the bottom and at least one edge.  Here are 2 more pictures th…"
Monday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"Here are some pictures of a wild wall on my set. They might be a little confusing, so I posted 3 from different angles so you should be able to understand it if you study them a bit. You can clearly see the 2 clamps. There's a strip of…"
Monday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"I just did a quick and awful sketch showing a way to make wild walls (removable walls): Sorry - I don't usually draw with a tablet,and I never ever do technical drawing with straight lines. So this looks terrible. But I hope it gets the idea…"
Monday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"I wasn't entirely sure what Fixall was, so I did a little search, and fortunately the first thing I ran across is this multilingual page - apparently it's a worldwide product: http://fixall.eu Now to try to figure out which one…"
Monday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"That power supply should be just fine. Says it works with your camera, that's the only thing I know to check with power supplies. Aside from checking for no-name generic brands rather than the expensive ones made by the camera companies. But…"
Monday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"Yeah, this kind of recipe is used by studios making big sets that animators need to be able to walk around on, so I guess they do use it pretty thick.  I've used tile adhesive too, and it is great for putting textures down to make things…"
Monday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"That adapter is for an EOS M camera, which is not the same as a Rebel T5. Notice the body is much thicker than the other adapter. The EOS M cameras must have a different lens to sensor distance so they have to make it thicker. I didn't look…"
Monday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"A little deep searching turned up this recipe for making the landscape dope that I found online somewhere long ago: 62 lbs pre-mixed JOINT COMPOUND 2 gallons WHITE ELMERS GLUE   Mix this together (it will sit for awhile so you can keep it on…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"Awesome! Thanks for the quick response. "
Sunday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"Lol wow, I was just posting away in here, had no idea other people had said things in between!!  ClaymationTrip, to try to answer your questions - Lower f-stop #: Actually the lower f-stop numbers are better - a lower number means it lets more…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"How would you tie down puppets on a setup like that? Would you have to drill through all the layers - the wooden table, the styrofoam, and the surfacing, and then use really long screws? I suppose you could have cutouts where the puppets need to…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"Ok, it occurred to me that I might be able to find the f-stop range since you provides such amazing high resolution images - and sure enough, it's right there plain to see! I quickly found this page about it on Ken Rockwell's excellent…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"I'd need some more information on the Nikon Nikkor AF 28-80mm, specifically the f-stop range. That info is necessary to narrow down exactly which lens you've got. I'm not sure if it can be used completely manual or not.…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?
"There are 3 on the list that sound perfectly suited to stopmotion - # 3, 4 and 5. #5 is a manual focus zoom, but it's in a good range, from a wide angle to midrange telephoto. You'd most likely never need to go as far as 80mm, you'd…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"New thoughts - 1/9 scale is pretty small, and if you only cut a slot the width of the street it might be too narrow to get your hand up in there for tightening tie downs. It might be better to cut an area twice as wide as the street (or however wide…"
Aug 28

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At 9:31pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

In past, Uncle LIO went into depth speculating reasons why search engines (their indexing bots) not able to do deep search of SMA.com. Old glitchy forum scripts or some hidden coding gone haywire maybe. Probably why same reason Archive.org cannot fully detect the deeper pages. If there is any good to that, maybe that not searchable thing has maybe help prevent SMA.com from being hacked & spammed.

At 10:06pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

Signing-up: I see template has elements of the social-schmocial sites. Not saying that's bad. Signing up, it asks a bit more personal info, such as location and BIRTHDATE. Signing up here, I was not sure my birth or age would be displayed and so I lied when I was born :)  I also tried to put my real birthdate, born in year 2000 (I'm just a kid) and the sign-up form rejected it.

At 10:15pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

There seems to be 2 ways to post ... one is 1) REPLY & other is 2) COMMENT.

1) With 'reply' type post, a warning about 15 minutes editing minutes left to edit comments.  In the heat of keyboarding emotional debates, commentary, & opinions, many times I know posters have gone back to re-edit, change, or delete. But only 15 minutes window period to re-edit? I feel under pressure :(  Wonder if that editing time can be extended.

2) With 'comment' type post .... it looks like there is no editing feature of your post/comments, BUT it allows you to delete the entire comment. Look at the 'x' in upper right corner. That feature similar to facebook. You just delete comment & rewrite if you want.

At 11:11am on August 7, 2012, trikfx said…

Hi Mike!

At 11:26am on August 7, 2012, trikfx said…

Not too bad.  Took my Son last month to Prague to meet the crowd there; planting seeds in his head...  Opera Season doesn't go full tilt for another month, so I'm home dickering about.  Almost done setting up my little smithy in the garage...  Hope all is well!

At 5:28am on September 13, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

Hi Strider, 

Thanks for all the info, it wasn't overload at all, just what I was looking for.  Andy had told me that there were adaptors for lenses, I have an Olympus e520, and one Canon lens (50mm) a Tiffen 62 mm, and another Canon 135 mm.  These are all really manual, from my old 35mm cameras, so I'm pretty sure they'll work.  Do I have to find an adaptor specifically for canon to olympus, or do they make generic ones?  Just started looking into this, notice they range from $10-150, so there must be some differences..  I wanted to peruse what was allready on here for info before I started a redundant discussion post.  Attempted to get Sophi to do the research part, but she's just into the creative stuff, so it's up to me to figure out the nuts and bolts of this venture, sigh, when I want to make models too!

I'm thinking you were watching the Gumbi show, my eldest daughter is 13, so she started off with the Gumby movie.  Man, I think she watched that movie at least once a day for a solid year when she was a toddler.  Now that I am learning a bit about animation I kind of wish we still had it, I would look at it with a different eye (specifically, that epic swordfight scene...)  

Wish I had more time to research today, but duty calls.

Thanks for your help.

At 2:52pm on September 17, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

Wow Strider, you're doing all the work for me, it's awesome!!  After a very busy weekend (had a bday on Saturday) I'm finally getting back to the project.  So no go on the plug for the camera (the battery does last a long time), I guess I can deal with that.  I was thinking what's the big deal about having a plug, but then I thought, duh, you have to move the camera to change the battery, which means you'd have to do an entire shoot on one battery or else have some discrepancy in the film, correct?  I suppose it's pretty impossible to get it in exactly the same position.  See, it's starting to make sense, it will make more sense when we actually get set up and start doing it, I suppose.

So my only other option is this Tiffen lens that came off my old 35 mm pentax k-1000 (loved that camera!)  It is an FD mount lens, 62 mm, I'll look and see if I can find a converter for it.  I'm pretty sure I have more questions but I'm not thinking of them right now, need to reread and absorb a bit.

Thanks again for sharing your rather extended knowledge.

At 5:34am on September 20, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

OK, thankful that the parts so far are in our budget, going to order the adaptor and remote today.  You were right that was a tiffen filter on the lens, but still can't see a name on this dang lens anywhere, have no idea who made it, hope it works with the adaptor.  My other option was to hit up friends with old cameras for lenses.

So now for the computer part, cringing.  I have a pc here that was recently put together and so has nothing on it, would I be able to use that, or do I need to have a laptop, and what are my options for software (besides Dragon?)

I'm being terribly lazy using you for a reference, I promise I'll do better research myself soon.  I'm a baker and my business is super busy right now (autumn in new england is busy time) plus we homeschool, so trying to get into the swing of things.  As I mentioned before, everyone wants to make models and stories, no one wants to do the boring technical work, sigh.

At 1:56pm on April 7, 2013, Wilker said…

i read your blog virtually the whole afternoon, and wanted to say thanks for all the useful information you share with people!

i wish you all the best and kind regards! 

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Link list - Handy links to useful information on the forum

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Trying something out here - using the blog to list useful links for easier  finding later. This way you can link directly to whichever part of the thread contains relevant info, plus list what the main subject is as opposed to just an often misleading thread title. Can also  list keywords to help refine future searches. 

 

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Freeeeedoooommmmm!!!!!!

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

For anybody who might suffer from internet addiction (as I apparently do) I've discovered a really niftly little app called Freedom, which allows you to switch off your internet connection for a period of time you specify - up to 8 hours at a stretch - so you can actually get some work done. 

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Canon Rebel T5 Adapter & Lens?

Started by Ron Cole in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Kit 10 hours ago. 40 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

New Stopmotion Animators looking for Teacher?

Started by justin rasch in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Kit 11 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hey Guys!  Its been a while but I have been hard at work on KUBO and the 2 Strings at LAIKA.I just am dropping in to let you guys know that I have been taking private stopmotion animation students on recently and it has been working great!!I have…Continue

Brothers Quay

Started by John Downey in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Strider 19 hours ago. 1 Reply

Interesting article with some video on the Borthers Quay…Continue

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole yesterday. 256 Replies

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

Stop Motion's charm and its impact on CGI - Dissertation Idea, Would like opinions and advice from Stop-Motion fans!

Started by Cam Mitchell in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 15 Replies

Hello everyone!I'm an animation student fom DJCAD art school in Scotland, I'm studying animation and am about to enter my 4th year... which means dissertation time!Being a big fan of stop-motion, I wanted to use it as the central theme of my…Continue

Tags: Motion, Stop

Uneven streets

Started by Anne Koreman in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by John Downey yesterday. 27 Replies

Hi there, I have this very specific problem with my medieval set, and was wondering if you guys had any ideas;I'm building quite a massive 1:9 scale medieval street, with cobblestones. I found a great way to create the stones using gluegun, but, I…Continue

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