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Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay

Started this discussion. Last reply by trikfx Jan 6. 4 Replies

Click the pic or…Continue

One Million Years BC Triceratops vs Ceratosaur resin model kit for sale on eBay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Dec 1, 2018. 1 Reply

Hey all, another model kit I'm selling. This time around it's from One Million Years BC, the famed faceoff between triceratops and ceratosaur. Sculpted by legendary Joe Laudati, who has done many Harryhausen and similar kits. He loves the genre and…Continue

Ymir model kit by Tony McVey for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Nov 16, 2018. 5 Replies

Hey everybody, long time no see! Thought I'd let you know I've got a Harryhausen model kit for sale - it's Tony McVey's amazing take on the Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth, which he slightly re-designed to have more dinosaur-ish…Continue

The Gate and I, Madman get the deluxe Blu-Ray treatment

Started Feb 9, 2017 0 Replies

I recently dusted off my old DVDs of both of these movies, as well as the sequel to The Gate, and they still have the magic I remembered from years back. At some point I decided to see if there was any production info available, because I was…Continue

Bruce Bickford's Cas'l is finally released!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Dec 18, 2015. 11 Replies

I've been waiting and dreaming of this for so long I had given up hope and completely forgotten about it, but I just checked out of the blue and it is here at last!!! …Continue

Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Oct 18, 2015. 26 Replies

I've got a camera that doesn't allow any kind of remote shutter release, mechanical or electronic, and I'd like to rig one up for it. My idea is to use some kind of linear actuator Mythbusters style. I've seen them use these things to push all kinds…Continue

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


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Strider commented on Anne Breymann's video

Nocturne (Nachtstück)

"Wow!!! For me, this is just about as good as it gets in stopmotion. Haven't been this excited since maybe Peter & the Wolf and Madame Tutli-Putli came out years ago. But this is more - dreamlike. Or like a parable maybe, hard to explain it…"
Strider replied to David's discussion How do you determine what kind of fabric you need for your costumes?
"Whenever possible I would use 2 way stretch fabrics for costumes. It gives you a lot more leeway and is a lot more forgiving."
Strider replied to Vishal Gupta's discussion I have ideas, but I don't know what to do or where to start
"Hey, I've done the same thing, before I learned to recognize the bots. It does show your helpful nature. And yeah, I think there is a decent film idea in there! (Although I must say, I often find myself to be a good conversation partner... )"
Feb 8
Strider replied to Vishal Gupta's discussion I have ideas, but I don't know what to do or where to start
"You're having a conversation with a bot.  These kind of strange random semi-gibberish posts are set up so that another bot can pop in later with an 'answer', which is the big plug. Check "Vishal Gupta's" other…"
Feb 8
Strider replied to Kerobyx's discussion Pictures too bright
"Ah, maybe your lights are much brighter than you used to have? In that case what you probably need to do is reduce the exposure time enough to balance out, because the brightness of the light is another factor to be balanced with the…"
Jan 11
Strider replied to Kerobyx's discussion Pictures too bright
"You're going to have to spend some time reading through parts of the manual to familiarize yourself with how to control certain things. One of thse is ISO, which is a brightness setting. If you want to use a long exposure you need to set the…"
Jan 11
trikfx replied to Strider's discussion Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay
"Oh yeah. Biggest animatronic rig I’ve seen. Two tons, 20’ tall. Steel and graphite skeleton. Inflatable bladders for the musculature. Animatronic systems for the head, neck, shoulders and hips (operated by 3 guys). Massive Gantry rig…"
Jan 6
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay
"Hey Ted, good to hear from you! Full size Kong huh - wow, that must be some armature!! So the big guy resurrected after his fall did he? What is it, a giant animatronic?  Happy New Year to you and yours as well. "
Jan 6
trikfx replied to Strider's discussion Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay
"Strider! Been a long time since I popped in here. Glad to see you’re still at it. Saw your post and thought you might be interested to know I’m currently working with the full size version of Kong on Broadway. A lot of fun. Seems New…"
Jan 5
Strider replied to Evan DeRushie's discussion Online Premiere - The Fox and the Chickadee
"That is excellent!! "
Jan 4
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay
"Well Kong has found a new home, in California. Hope it goes better for him there than it did in New York."
Jan 3
Strider replied to Ron Cole's discussion My Invention - A Replacement Animaton Machine
"Wow, that really is cool!! I remember when I was a teenager I had a simple zoetrope that was really just a strip of paper, glued to cardboard, that you bend into a ring shape and then you can spin it. It had vertical slits cut in between the…"
Jan 2
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Selling my Panasonic FZ50 camera - mirrorless DSLR alternative
"Hey Ron, good to hear from you! Your cameras doubtless saw a lot more animation than mine did. What kid of camera are you using these days?"
Jan 2
Strider posted a discussion

Massive Jeff Taylor King Kong resin kit on eBay

Click the pic or here's a link. There are more pics on eBay of course.I bought this kit from Jeff 6 or 7 years ago - he advertised it here on the board. As with most of my resin or vinyl kits I never did get around to…See More
Jan 2
Ron Cole replied to Strider's discussion Selling my Panasonic FZ50 camera - mirrorless DSLR alternative
"Congrats!!! I should sell my old two FZ-50s but I've beaten both of them up pretty badly so they really aren't worth much anymore. I wore out the side panel where you plug stuff in on both of them... one of them has  panel that's…"
Dec 30, 2018
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Selling my Panasonic FZ50 camera - mirrorless DSLR alternative
"Sold. I'll be selling another camera soon. "
Dec 27, 2018

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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 Old glitchy forum scripts or some hidden coding gone haywire maybe. Probably why same reason cannot fully detect the deeper pages. If there is any good to that, maybe that not searchable thing has maybe help prevent 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. 


Using various lenses on a Canon camera:…



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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