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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 Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"I'm sure you've seen this probably in many different threads on spraybooths, but some kinds of fans are made so the motor itself isn't in the airflow path. If you use a fan like that then solvents etc won't get to the motor. Not…"
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Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"Ok, well that makes sense! Originally I assumed brazing was done with brass, but then when I 'learned' about it (theoretical or 'book' learning can sometimes mess up actual common sense understanding) I came to understand it was…"
Apr 12
Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"Here's a thread about spray booths on Hobby Fanatics: http://www.hobbyfanatics.com/index.php?/topic/9370-spray-booth-information/ I haven't read more than the first post yet, but it looks like it should have a lot of good info. "
Apr 12
Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"What's the difference between silver soldering and brazing? I thought they were just different terms for the same thing.  I think for a spray booth you would want a bigger and more powerful motor. You can buy a motor for an oven hood…"
Apr 12
Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"Hey Roos, it's great to see how you keep stepping up your stopmotion setup!  "I have done some ball and socket armature making while I was at university.. " - SOME ball and socket armature making!?? Come on, those wings you…"
Apr 10
Strider replied to Hendrikus De Vaan's discussion Anyone else excited about the mirrorless camera support coming to Dragonframe?
"Don, what I use are just Manfrotto or similar articulated arms - there are many available of different types. If you search Amazon for Manfrotto articulated arm it will show you some by other companies like Avenger and some cheaper varieties.…"
Apr 5
Strider replied to Hendrikus De Vaan's discussion Anyone else excited about the mirrorless camera support coming to Dragonframe?
"One advantage to the mirrorless cameras is the compact size and light weight of both camera and lenses - you can hang it on an articulated arm and float it right out over the set. So grateful to Uncle LIO for suggesting that they might be worth…"
Apr 5
Strider replied to Dave Hughes's discussion Mirrorless cameras
" Actually the revolution has already begun - take a look at this thread that was started yesterday: Anyone else excited about the mirrorless camera support coming to Dragonframe?   "
Apr 4
Strider replied to Hendrikus De Vaan's discussion Anyone else excited about the mirrorless camera support coming to Dragonframe?
Apr 3
Strider replied to Dave Hughes's discussion Mirrorless cameras
"I should also mention, in case you don't already know - you'll want to get a remote for the camera - wired or wireless is fine. Not sure if any camera that takes a remote will take a wireless or not, but if you search Amazon for Remote…"
Apr 3
Strider replied to Dave Hughes's discussion Mirrorless cameras
"Oh, and in case I didn't mention it in the video, to get QTPro you need to go to Apple and download QT7 from their legacy apps (should be listed near the new quicktime somewhere), then find it in your Utilities folder (if you're using a…"
Apr 3
Strider replied to Dave Hughes's discussion Mirrorless cameras
""but when using a converter, do I use that feed into Stop Motion Pro and grab a frame from that then a shot with the camera onto the card" Yeah, like that. The feed from the camera will only be in standard video resolution or lower, but…"
Apr 3
Strider replied to Dave Hughes's discussion Mirrorless cameras
"Yeah, the bridge cameras were the primitive predecessors of the mirrorless systems. Not all bridge or early mirorrless cameras will even allow live video out, to be used with converter. I have ersoal experience with one of each - both Panasonics.…"
Apr 3
Strider replied to richstimson's discussion Post processing software
"Ok hold on - I just opened a movie file and played around with it, and I can't figure out how to crop it!! I can swear I used to be able to do it - but now all it will do is squeeze it or stretch it. It could be I've forgotten how I used…"
Mar 12
Strider replied to richstimson's discussion Post processing software
"I don't know what kind of files your animation program produces, but if they're quicktime clips or standard image files (like jpegs or tiffs etc) then you can do the cropping with quicktime 7 pro. You'd need to first download the free…"
Mar 12
Strider replied to Michael's discussion General Purpose Stop Motion Stage
"It does work. I clicked on the word Post and the video opened. Very nice setup - and the table actually looks very nearly identical to mine, with the low shelf built on. "
Mar 2

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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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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.

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Anyone else excited about the mirrorless camera support coming to Dragonframe?

Started by Hendrikus De Vaan in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Hendrikus De Vaan 8 minutes ago. 21 Replies

So browsing the Dragonframe forums, it looks like the GH4 and A7s are among some of the new cameras that will be supported in Dragonframe 4. I have no idea what other cameras they are planning to add, but this seems like a really useful…Continue

Phil Tippett Puppet Making Technique?

Started by Santino Vitale in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm working on a new project, and am needing to make a really anatomically precise puppet. I've been watching this test of the T-Rex that Tippett did way back when, and I'm just floored by the way the skin slides over the pelvis, ribcage, and other…Continue

Tags: Armatures, Skin, Puppets, Tippett, Phil

COLD MEETS

Started by Marnik in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Antonio J. Cebrián 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

After about 19 months of work, here is my completed film Cold Meets:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok2EHkZTgiMPlease enjoy!Marnik…Continue

Tags: clay, detective, salami, plasticine, noir

Chase Me

Started by deschaud gilles in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by deschaud gilles 13 hours ago. 10 Replies

Hello Everyone,I'm really happy to tell you that my short movie is finished.It was possible thanks to some of your advices on this forum ! I'm really grateful for that ! I hope you will like it.A trailer and little making-of is available here : …Continue

Paranorman Eyes

Started by Paul in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Mike yesterday. 21 Replies

Hi All,Anybody got any info about how Paranormans Eyes work and what theyre made of?Ive watched all the featurettes I can watch and while it shows the eyes in plenty of them Im still not sure of the full workings of them. It looks like the eyelids…Continue

Tumble Leaf

Started by Roger Beck in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION on Saturday. 0 Replies

This is a really well made stop motion show that was done as an Amazon Original…Such incredible craftsmanship. I'm kind of surprised that they're still making top quality stop motion kids' shows like this anymore since everything seems to be going…Continue

Tags: Television, Bix Pix Entertainment, Kids' Show, Children's Show, Tumble Leaf

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