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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

ParaNormalized - solved my ParaNorman problems all with one simple expedient

Started Dec 2, 2012 0 Replies

... I turned the color down. That's all it took.You might recall my ranting a while back about the disturbing translucency of the skin - well, add on to that the oversaturated fluorescent pink skin tones of many of the puppets (which always gets on…Continue

 

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Strider replied to Lottie Holland's discussion Need Advice/Help!
"This should help explain things (though Steve already did a fine job of it, consider this supplemental info): http://www.stopmoshorts.net/?p=81 Also, as an addendum: http://www.stopmoshorts.net/?p=258"
7 hours ago
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"Lol - on reading this, I pictured 'road apples' placed over each hole, and then imagined a puppet stepping on each of them in turn..  Then I realized you meant placing the dung piles so they block the holes, not on top of…"
Jul 24
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"Glad I could help. Also, don't forget as long as you don't have the camera unusually high it shouldn't be able to 'see' the pavement right where he's walking - you could design the set with a strip of bare wood there…"
Jul 23
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"If you haven't made the set floor yet (it sounds like you haven't) I think I might try pre-drilling the holes (measure them off by positioning your puppet - use its legs sort of like a caliper, adjusting for where you'll want bigger…"
Jul 23
Strider replied to Funski's discussion look & see
"No pictures? "
Jul 19
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Lol - I originally painted them orange/red, didn't like it, and went with a mottled yellow/beige/brown sort of look. That's traces of the original coat of paint. "
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Oh it would hurt alright, but not so much because of the epoxy putty…  "
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Yeah, it's really useful in certain situations. Like with other slow-setting epoxy putties, it's a good idea to let it sit for a while after kneading it, and it will firm up and get a lot easier to work with. At first it droops and sags…"
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Really? Hmmm… I'm trying to remember if I've ever painted something made of epoxy putty - oh yeah, my stool cushions. No problem whatsoever painting them. I'm sure I've used it for a lot of stuff that I painted, and I…"
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"It sounds like what you're looking for is epoxy putty. It's a 2 part compound that you mix together and knead vigorously by twisting and mashing it together for a minute or so, beginning the chemical reaction. It begins to turn warm and…"
Jul 6
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"^ I also don't think it would work well for really tiny joints, like for fingers. Notice even in the robot puppets in the lined video, the fingers are made with wire, they don't have ball joints in them. Very few stopmotion puppets have…"
Jun 25
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Why print the balls? You could use acrylic balls - just drill through and glue them onto steel rods or something? Or just do the standard steel balls brazed onto rod. Or you could use the tongue studs that screw onto threaded rods. Of course…"
Jun 25
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion PAX painting secret
"Clog the bristles? Well, that's a very euphemistic and rather misleading way of saying it will completely and utterly destroy a brush, turning it into a solid lump of rubber! "
Jun 20
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Sorry to triple post, but I want to add that I think this kind of design is good for robot puppets where the armature is the puppet, but I think the joints require too much bulk to work as an armature going inside a puppet and surrounded by foam and…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion Wire Finger
"^ That's called shrink tubing around here. "
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Ok, must be this Austin Taylor: He's definitely using 3D printed puppets! It looks like he must be inserting metal rods into the balls though, I imagine a piece of plastic that thin wouldn't take the stress. Wonder how he's binding…"
Jun 19

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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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Crystal clear substitute

Started by David Vance in NEWBIE CORNER 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hey, I am just embarking on a new stop-motion project. The last film I made was on 16mm to give you an idea of how long it has been between drinks. I have made a sculpt of my protagonist and am ready to begin making a mold. All the research I have…Continue

Need Advice/Help!

Started by Lottie Holland in ARMATURES. Last reply by StopmoNick 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

Okay so I'm very new to this whole thing and pretty inexperienced. I'm taking on a 5-10 minute project which I want to produce to a fairly high standard, but I have limited resources. At the moment I'm favouring working with an armature.What I…Continue

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Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole 6 hours ago. 229 Replies

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

My blog

Started by Terry in ANIMATOR TALK 16 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hey everyone,I thought I'd share my blog, which is a behind the scenes look at some things I've been working on.Since it was primarily aimed at my facebook friends, I'd like to say the style is... informative yet vaguely amusing? The idea was to…Continue

New steel ball tech.........bye bye silver solder!!!

Started by Julian Clark in ARMATURES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 20 Replies

Been a while since last post, seems like I get less and less time to browse the stop-mo site!! I'm not an advocate of using this forum to promote my gear but I developed something really cool a while ago that's caused a few ripples in the armature…Continue

Drilling Technique

Started by Ibrahim Ali Albuainain in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Ben Owora on Sunday. 7 Replies

Hello everyone,I am working on a stop motion project and I will be making an old village set with a flooring made out of a layer of plaster. I am afraid when we drill some holes during filming the plaster cracks and comes off the wooden base. Is…Continue

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