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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 krullthewarriorking's discussion Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?
"Thanks for listing the reasons to go anamorphic.  Yeah, bokeh really can't be faked as far as I know, and if it can it probably looks like crap. Of course there are lots of SLR lenses that have great bokeh, and if you buy pre-80's…"
2 hours ago
Strider replied to krullthewarriorking's discussion Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?
"Oh, do anamorphic lenses have exceptionally good bokeh? I ought to check that out - it's hard to find lenses with really good bokeh for a reasonable price (not that anamorphic lenses seem to be reasonably priced mind you!) If you want to get…"
Sunday
Strider replied to krullthewarriorking's discussion Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?
"Wow!! I just clicked on the link to the lens - its $900!!! For that you could get like 10 lenses used on eBay.  Why would you specifically want an anamorphic lens? I don't understand what the purpose would be. Can it do anything that…"
Friday
Strider replied to krullthewarriorking's discussion Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?
"Doesn't an anamorphic lens squash everything down sideways, and then you need a special projection lens to stretch it back out? Or are you considering stretching it out digitally? I have no idea if it would be possible to do that. "
Friday
Strider replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Issue using Nikon manual lens on a Canon camera in Dragonframe.
"The idea is to get a good exposure - don't blow out highlights or crush the blacks, though it's fine for those little specular highlights to be blown out, you know, little dots of light on chrome or glass etc. Dragonframe has a feature in…"
Sep 16
Strider replied to David Tomasiewicz's discussion The Nolvin Project (preview)
"Excellent!! I love those huge projects that take many years and see you through a huge learning curve. They become defining points in your life and make you better for having struggled through them. That mecha design is looking really good!! Hmmm -…"
Sep 13
Strider replied to Paul's discussion Paranorman Eyes
"Wow, excellent finds Simon!! The first one is the same process I saw, but it's definitely not the same video. The second one is a really bizarre way to go about it, but hey, if it works!! Of course it's for really big eyes though - I doubt…"
Sep 9
Strider replied to emmyymme's discussion casting a character in pieces
"I sometimes cast my characters across the room and they end up in pieces.. "
Sep 6
Strider replied to Marnik's discussion Lighting question
"Have you figured out how to set all the functions of your camera to full manual? You need to not allow it to auto-control any of them - exposure, shutter speed, and color balance. I had to spend some time with the manual learning the various menus…"
Aug 29
Strider commented on StopmoNick's photo
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"Hah! Instantly recognizable, and I think just about anybody would know him. In this internet age stars aren't just on TV or the silver screen anymore, and they don't have to be actors either. "
Aug 29
Strider replied to Dinoman217's discussion Classroom Set
"It also depends what kind of classroom - is it an university lecture hall or a 1st grade class? If it s for kids you could have bulletin boards with crayon drawings (can find them on the web and print them upon miniature) tacked not them, maybe…"
Aug 19
Strider replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Slow Motion in Stop motion
"Hah!! That is fantastic!! Excellently done - thanks for showing us!! "
Aug 18
Strider replied to Steven Topham's discussion Advanced tie down methods
"Are you looking for anything in particular, I mean, are there any problems with the usual tiedown methods that you're trying to overcome or something? I can imagine there might be a few variations on the classics, but I doubt there's…"
Aug 13
Strider replied to Justin Connolly's discussion "Dance For Your Life, Puny Human" now online!
"Very well done!! How come you're so good? Are you a pro, or an amateur who just really knows what he's doing? "
Aug 6
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
""I've even seen knowledge one of us has shared passed off as someone else's knowledge without attribution." Quoting this from the original post at the beginning of the thread.  I think it's not a valid point. Once…"
Aug 4
Strider replied to Dinoman217's discussion What inspired You to do Stop-Motion?
"Same experience. We used to rent a full-size VHS camcorder when they were still pretty new. The silly comedy skits went pretty well, we'd just use whoever was there (my friend's house was a very sociable spot, lots of people there all the…"
Aug 3

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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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"Will O' The Wisp" Production Bumper + Short Film (2014)

Started by Mike in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Mike 58 minutes ago. 10 Replies

Hello Everyone :) I've been posting some random W.I.P. photos and little test videos over the past year or so, but I recently discovered there's a "your project" section here in the forum. So this is a thread for my ongoing project, "Will O' The…Continue

Tags: wip, commercial, bumper, film, short

Substitution for Naphtha for painting Silicone?

Started by Dawn Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick 2 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hi gang,I have often read that Naphtha is used to thin tinted silicone so you can paint with it, or even push it through an airbrush.I want to paint silicone with an airbrush, but Naphtha is not readily available in my area. Can I use Mineral…Continue

Tags: silicone, painting, naphtha

sticky latex

Started by fatih in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick 2 hours ago. 12 Replies

the hands of my puppet became sticky a couple of months later. how can I prevent this situation? why did it become sticky I'm in need of a solution about this?Continue

Help me build a new animation PC!! :)

Started by Darren Nemeth in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello, all,I am going to be animating using a DSLR with 'live view' and my 2006 PC probably will not cut the mustard. Can anyone here help me build a new PC from the ground up? What type of hardware will I need?  What parts are essential to…Continue

Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?

Started by krullthewarriorking in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Jack Liddon 2 hours ago. 12 Replies

Hello all!I'm brand new to the community, and am pretty inexperienced with stop motion too, mostly just Lego movies here and there.  But I have been doing some research about lenses, and I have read a TON of the lens threads here over the last few…Continue

Tags: 55mm, diopter, 28mm, brickfilm, depth of field

Hyrdocal vs Ultracal vs Resin

Started by Mike in CASTING. Last reply by Mike 8 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hey there folks,Quick (maybe) question... So I've been unsuccessful finding any local supplier of Ultracal-30. Any SFX people I know order it online and pay an arm and leg for shipping because they operate out of shops that can afford that. Total…Continue

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