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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 Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"The process for fiberglass is a lot like paper mache in some ways - you lay down several thicknesses of the matting and then you apply the liquid polyester resin to it. It soaks in and hardens and voila, hard lightweight plastic mache! But…"
7 hours ago
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Uneven streets
"^ A very good plan! Stay away from the fiberglass matting though - it's nasty ragged stuff and when you cut it - or anytime you handle it really, it puts little fiberglass particles in the air that float around for a long time and you breathe…"
21 hours ago
Strider replied to Sarah Bierman's discussion A question? About CGI and Stopmotion combination?
"Yes, you could use a 3D scanner to create digital models of puppets that could then be animated using CGI. It's done frequently, though they don't go to the trouble to actually build puppets, they just make clay sculptures usually, or scan…"
yesterday
Strider replied to Rayfriend_Brown's discussion Stop Motion Puppet Project: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
"Wow, she really does have some strange proportioning! I just got out some dividers to check a few things - her thighs really are bizarrely short. It looks like her knees are level with the top of the boots, except for a little piece in front that…"
yesterday
Strider replied to Rayfriend_Brown's discussion Stop Motion Puppet Project: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
"Wow, some very nice looking work so far!! You might want to go back to the first post and post some pictures in it - most people won't bother to click a link when they're just casually browsing. I like the approach of building an actual…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Cam Mitchell's discussion Stop Motion's charm and its impact on CGI - Dissertation Idea, Would like opinions and advice from Stop-Motion fans!
"Oh wow, how did I not remember this? Some time ago a member on the original board (of which this one is a reincarnation) named Moviestuff made a very pertinent observation, to the effect that the strengths of stopmotion are the weaknesses of CG and…"
Sunday
Strider replied to Ernest Skocdopole's discussion Stop Mo techniques discussed by Laika compositor
"Ah ok, that makes more sense! Yeah, I wasn't really liking the idea of lifting puppets for each frame and shooting 3 separate passes. It was just the first thing that occurred to me. "
Saturday
Strider replied to Ernest Skocdopole's discussion Stop Mo techniques discussed by Laika compositor
"How would that work - the rigs are coated with UV paint? And for the second pass you switch off the regular lights and switch on the UV lights I guess. There would still be shadows of the rigs to consider.. or wait - no, I guess not. You'd use…"
Saturday
Strider replied to Ernest Skocdopole's discussion Stop Mo techniques discussed by Laika compositor
"I never would have even thought about that massive dancing scene and how complex it would be to shoot. But there is very complicated lighting coming form all around, and moving puppets all around as well, intermittently blocking and revealing the…"
Saturday
Strider replied to Cam Mitchell's discussion Stop Motion's charm and its impact on CGI - Dissertation Idea, Would like opinions and advice from Stop-Motion fans!
"Wow Nick - some excellent observations! You've gone farther with this post than any discussion we've had on the boards before on the subject. Indeed, Laika treats stopmotion with reverence and respect, unlike so many CGI films that see it…"
Saturday
Strider replied to Ernest Skocdopole's discussion Stop Mo techniques discussed by Laika compositor
"Wow, amazing video!! Some of it we're already familiar with, like front light/back light, and much of it is new, at least to me. I like the idea of dropping a small greenscreen behind a puppet(s) and shooting it as a second pass to get a clean…"
Aug 21
Strider replied to Cam Mitchell's discussion Stop Motion's charm and its impact on CGI - Dissertation Idea, Would like opinions and advice from Stop-Motion fans!
"A very intriguing topic! There's so much crossover between today's stopmotion and CGI that it's hard to imagine what either one would look like without the other.  A while back there were a few threads focused on a CGI package…"
Aug 21
Strider replied to Emma Scheltema's discussion Help! Advice on camera set up for whiteboard animation
"I process my films on a shot-by-shot basis, so I don't have to store the entire thing as RAW files - once they've been processed I can dump those if I need the space and just keep the downsized QT files. I also use external hard drives for…"
Aug 21
Strider replied to Emma Scheltema's discussion Help! Advice on camera set up for whiteboard animation
"Hey, sounds like everything is working out really well for you! You asked about using RAW images - I use them in my workflow, and if you're interested I've made a video (Link) detailing how I process them using Lightroom and then…"
Aug 20
Strider replied to Feathers McGraw's discussion Questions about importing Dragonframe face sets
"Actually, I just went back and re-read your third option, and I'm not sure it makes any sense either: "Or, do I need to create individual images of each facial expression (created separately) and import every single one of those into a…"
Aug 19
Strider replied to Feathers McGraw's discussion Questions about importing Dragonframe face sets
"I also don't know anything about this, but I do know a bit about photoshop and importing/exporting images etc, and I have a idea of what the problem might be. You can't import a photoshop file (psd) into DF. You need to Save As some kind…"
Aug 19

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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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Uneven streets

Started by Anne Koreman in STOP MOTION SETS. Last reply by Strider 7 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi there, I have this very specific problem with my medieval set, and was wondering if you guys had any ideas;I'm building quite a massive 1:9 scale medieval street, with cobblestones. I found a great way to create the stones using gluegun, but, I…Continue

The Fruits of Love

Started by Kit in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick 12 hours ago. 2 Replies

At last, Pipsqueak Studios has released it's first film  The Fruits of LoveYour feedback is very much appreciated.KitContinue

Stop Motion Puppet Project: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Started by Rayfriend_Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick 13 hours ago. 12 Replies

Hi everyone!  I'd like to share with you a project I'm working on for my third year of university. I'm making stop motion puppets of Nausicaa and Kai from the japanese animation 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind'. Puppet fabrication for stop…Continue

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole yesterday. 255 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

A question? About CGI and Stopmotion combination?

Started by Sarah Bierman in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 2 Replies

Before I go into my question, I want to say that I admire traditional stop motion and the people who spend years and years on bringing there creations to life.Question 1. I want to know if it is possible to create puppets, sets, props in real life…Continue

Out of the Ordinary.

Started by mattosaurus in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT yesterday. 0 Replies

It was a beautiful summer day at the Muddy River, so an idea sparked, which was based on the works of Steve Archer (God Bless his soul), using a mix of animation and live-action. It was made with Dragon-Frame for the animation and Final Cut Pro for…Continue

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