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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 MartindeMadrid's discussion Any New News About the Old Message Board?
"Ok, I think I see what the problem is. Many of the links I tried didn't work. Some did, but it takes a while to find a decent snap and even then some of the pages just show 404 errors. "
Monday
Strider replied to MartindeMadrid's discussion Any New News About the Old Message Board?
"See the graphic showing the timeline across the top - you can see it shows the most activity in 2005, tapering off in both directions as you move away from that year. When I snapped this image I was looking at 2011 (that's why it's…"
Monday
Strider replied to MartindeMadrid's discussion Any New News About the Old Message Board?
"Hey Martin! Yeah, I've long since given up on ever seeing the old board again, except via the Wayback. It does have some early snaps of the site, circa something like 2004 and previous if I remember right. Actually I don't remember the…"
Monday
Strider replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion molding/casting plastic figures to make puppets
"Ok, looks like the Monster clay is sulpher free, so that's cool. You want to color the silicone a good base color first, whatever color is most prominent. Apparently it's pretty difficult to paint so you want to have to do as little as…"
Jan 24
Strider replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion molding/casting plastic figures to make puppets
"I don't think Amazon carries the specialty soft silicones - they're only used in the special effects  industry. Outlets I know of are smooth-on.com and burmanfoam.com in the US.  I didn't get very far into it,…"
Jan 23
Strider replied to Tim's discussion Body paint stop motion music video
"Very nice work, thanks for sharing it!"
Jan 23
Strider replied to Katty's discussion My graduation project, what do you guys think?
"My reaction was pretty much the same as Nick's, including noticing that the animation improved a little ways in. But yes, as Nick correctly surmised, I'm wanting to post a few helpful links. the 12 principles of animation,…"
Jan 23
Strider replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion molding/casting plastic figures to make puppets
"Here's a demo of one way to make the mold.  You would use the procedure shown in LIO's dinosaur tutorial, but this gives more detail on the process of making and prepping the mold.  And I realized - if you want to make the mold…"
Jan 22
Strider replied to vanilla gorilla's discussion molding/casting plastic figures to make puppets
"Here ya go. That's the procedure for making a mold of a quadruped with big dragging tail (aka Apatosaurus, formerly Brontosaurus).  As for materials, you could go with foam latex or silicone, but neither one is easy or quick to learn.…"
Jan 22
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"Aw yeaaa -crank up the volume!!!  "
Jan 17
Strider replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"Ok, going in again - I didn't want to add this to my other already quite long post.  About big group shots with a lot going on all at once: It's something you rarely see in movies or even cartoons really. It's too much for a…"
Jan 15
Strider replied to Savannah Winchester's discussion Puppet Clothing Continuity - How can I keep clothes from moving?
"That's always going to be a problem if you use real fabric for clothes. And sometimes the wires actually work against you, depending on where they're located. If there's a wire that you end up touching when you grab the puppet to…"
Jan 15
Strider replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"Ok, now the more specific critique begins. Very nice clips by the way, I like your puppets.  In the first clip, you did include a bit of a bounce which is good, but throughout the bounce the characters didn't move their arms or legs or…"
Jan 15
Strider replied to Carolina Veirano's discussion Spacing
"We could give much more focused advice if you'd post a clip and let us see it. Just asking like this you'll get generic advice that may of may not apply to your specific issues.  Ok, on to some nice generic advice -  The very…"
Jan 14
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Wax animation test
"No need to experiment with flour though - you've already got bendy and stretchy well under control obviously! "
Jan 11
Strider replied to Hairyhands's discussion Feedback
"Hey, that's fantastic!! Animation, story, and everything else. The voiceover is great - did you do that as well? Reminds me of those old Rankin /Bass cartoons, like the Wacky Racers or Simon and Peabody (is that what it was called, the…"
Jan 11

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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

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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Needing lights for stop motion

Started by StampMotionStudio in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by StampMotionStudio 3 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some lights I can use for stop motion..Any ideas of what would work good? I'm hoping to get some lights that are cold and don't heat up really hot. Also all I would need is 2 or maybe 3.Even 1 would do for now, using a…Continue

Tags: equipment, animation, studio, lights

The Ukulele Man - George Formby Tribute Project

Started by Angus Lamont in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Angus Lamont 6 hours ago. 13 Replies

Hi I am planning a short film tribute to the famous British Comedian/Ukulele Player, George Formby. Some of you may have heard me talking of this. The thing is I have a Canon DSLR but no software. The reason why is that I have virtually no money so…Continue

The legalities of an animated series

Started by Colleen McWatters in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by jowanneke 12 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi All, This may not be the right forum to ask this question, but here we go. I am currently working on a stop motion animation web series. After 5 years of hard work, we are finally in production of season 1 which consists of 8 episodes that are 20…Continue

Choosing a New Laptop For Animation

Started by Yorwick in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I am considering a new laptop, but I want to make sure I make the right choice before investing. It is very important to me that it is still compatible with the animation and editing software that I am used to.My current computer is a MacBook Pro…Continue

Feedback

Started by Hairyhands in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi guysWas looking for feedback on my new video (the book is the main part of the stop start) and some other parts but what I was really looking for was feedback with the story telling. Iv been doing it for so long now that it makes sense to me but…Continue

Storyboarding for first stop motion short

Started by Angus Lamont in STORY. Last reply by Angus Lamont on Tuesday. 7 Replies

What is the best way of storyboarding for a stop motion short? What do I need to include? Does anyone have any example storyboards they are willing to upload?Continue

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