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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 Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"You ought to start a thread asking specifically about milling machines and armature machining - not many people will see it in the introductions thread.  There was a guy named Sven who used to post here and had a blog where he detailed his…"
Saturday
Strider replied to Jacob Crow's discussion Light flicker in Nikon D5100
"Sounds like you're going to need to get a manual lens. Often DSLR cameras will work fine for some time even using the standard kit lenses, which are of course fully automatic and meant to be controlled by the little electronic brain in the…"
Jul 11
Strider replied to Haruko Napochka's discussion Camera Shake Problem
"Wow, fantastic job! That looks very professionally done. Thanks for posting it here - it's always great to see the finished project!  "
Jul 7
Strider replied to Miles and Jules's discussion Wombok's got a trailer 2015
"Amazing!! So cool that you guys have wrapped shooting on it at last! It all looks excellent, and I agree the minimal way you've used sound in the trailer is perfect. I hope some parts of the finished film are done the same way, though probably…"
Jul 1
Strider replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
"Lol wow, talk about remembering it wrong!! Of course, now that I think about it, at least the faces and hands were always clay in W&G - guess I was getting it mixed up with Chicken Run or something - derp!! "
Jun 27
Strider replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
"I was going to say the same as Nick just did. In the first Wallace and Gromit film A Grand Day Out I believe everything was clay on the puppets, but in the later ones they replaced the clay with silicone for flesh and actual fabric for the clothes.…"
Jun 27
Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"Oh yeah, many plugs don't have the ground part. I would go and check the Xytronic - I can see it from here but the cord is hidden, and I:d have to disturb my sleeping dog - I've always heard it's best to let them lie, you know.…"
Jun 26
Strider replied to Roos Mattaar's discussion Home set up for silver soldering
"Oops sorry, didn't see this until just now! I don't know much about it - Nick might know since he's lived a nomadic life in many parts of the world, including apparently not far from me (we've been in the same theater) and if I…"
Jun 26
Strider replied to Skylure Genavieve's discussion latex build up trio & newbie hello
"Hey, welcome to our little space on the internet!  Those are looking pretty good. You're definitely approaching it the right way - just get in there and do it! Make some mistakes, learn from them, and do better next time (but of course…"
Jun 24
Strider replied to Alex Sdraub's discussion sculpting
"I've been doing the same searches today and come up with the same results. Apparently it's out of print now. The full title is Silicone Art: Materials, Methods and Techniques for Coloring, Painting, and Finishing Silicone Rubber, by Tom…"
Jun 7
Strider replied to Alex Sdraub's discussion sculpting
"Just to be clear - are you talking about sculpting and molding for stopmotion puppets, or just for sculptures in general? More specifically, assuming it's for stopmo puppets, would the finished product be foam latex or silicone? Each of these…"
Jun 7
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Question about animation stage
"For using magnets you need to use a very thin material for the floor - generally it's thin sheet metal. So you only want to do that if it's an interior set with nice smooth floors. You can cover it with something thin like printed paper or…"
Jun 7
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Question about animation stage
"You build the animation stage first - then you build your set on it. Because you need to be able to tie down the puppets securely. Nick did a film to demonstrate the importance of tie downs and how they're used: Well, I was also going to link…"
Jun 7
Strider replied to Spencer McCarlie's discussion Medieval era
"Oh, and if you want some info on the filmmakers themselves, I have another page on my site devoted to them: The Masters Plus info on how to order the DVDs from various international sites, plus a few informative books."
Jun 2
Strider replied to Spencer McCarlie's discussion Medieval era
"Yeah, I imagine it's basically impossible to find films set in a particular time period, because that isn't the kind of info listed on IMDB or anywhere. Searching using the keyword medieval or middle ages or dark ages wouldn't turn…"
Jun 2
Strider replied to Spencer McCarlie's discussion Medieval era
"It looks like the Archive.org version of my website is being temperamental. I could only get a few clips to actually load and play. Today I can get a few different ones to work, but not the same ones from yesterday. And yet I can scroll through the…"
Jun 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. 

You…
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Lookinbg for some stop motion dinosaurs

Started by John Martin in NEWBIE CORNER 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

I am a filmmaking veteran of 43 years. I began in 8MM and moved on with the times, now shooting in digital. I am not a professional. My very first film was a stop motion project called MONSTER ISLAND. To make a long story short, after 43 years, I am…Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Molly McCandless 7 hours ago. 456 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

Camera/Set mover

Started by Dave Hettmer in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Chris Johnson 22 hours ago. 1 Reply

Here's a gizmo I recently built for someone who teaches stopmo at a university in PA.  It's a heavy-duty camera mover.  All those who saw it on the Facebook dot com dot net dot dot can ignore this post. :-)…Continue

Pixelation help!

Started by Stuart Bury in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm directing (and animating) a TV commercial that will utilize pixilation. Similar to this down shooting style.The biggest (and hardest) difference is that the client really…Continue

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New Short Comedy Clip: PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIE

Started by Chris Walsh in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi All, I just cooked this up last night. Just a fun little thing. Hope it gives you a smile!PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE LASSIEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzEXysCYsJ8Continue

Steel Cut Oats

Started by Harry Chaskin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick Jul 19. 8 Replies

Hello All! Wanted to let you know about a new short film I am making entitled Steel Cut Oats. I don't usually ask for help when it comes to my personal projects, but I finally bit the bullet and I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise…Continue

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