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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 richstimson's discussion Post processing software
"Ok hold on - I just opened a movie file and played around with it, and I can't figure out how to crop it!! I can swear I used to be able to do it - but now all it will do is squeeze it or stretch it. It could be I've forgotten how I used…"
Mar 12
Strider replied to richstimson's discussion Post processing software
"I don't know what kind of files your animation program produces, but if they're quicktime clips or standard image files (like jpegs or tiffs etc) then you can do the cropping with quicktime 7 pro. You'd need to first download the free…"
Mar 12
Strider replied to Michael's discussion General Purpose Stop Motion Stage
"It does work. I clicked on the word Post and the video opened. Very nice setup - and the table actually looks very nearly identical to mine, with the low shelf built on. "
Mar 2
Strider replied to Michael's discussion General Purpose Stop Motion Stage
"Here's Sven's blog post (Link). As for my table, I can't locate those pictures. I think they're on on old external hard drive - need to locate that and go through it. If I can't do that then I'll try to take some decent…"
Mar 2
Strider replied to Michael's discussion General Purpose Stop Motion Stage
"I think it largely depends on your situation. In my case I have a large basement space that can be dedicated strictly for stopmotion, and I also had a bunch of 2x4s that I salvaged from when my mom had her garage torn down and a new one built, so I…"
Mar 2
Strider replied to Eleanor Evans's discussion Lighting techniques for 2D cut out stop motion
"Here's an amazing thread about cutout animation featuring advice from Bianca Ansems:  Animation on glass - How do I deal with reflections?"
Mar 2
Strider replied to Joe (Dinoman217)'s discussion What are you favorite Pre-CGI stopmotion creatures from Film?
"I'll see those lists and raise you... a Garthok from Coneheads and a Demon Lord from The Gate. "
Feb 28
Strider replied to Jenni G.'s discussion Total newbie looking for help! :)
"Yeah you'll need to learn some principles of animation as well. Before opting for something so expensive I'd see how far you can get with free online tutorials and less expensive books.  Here's one of the best things I've…"
Feb 26
Strider replied to Jenni G.'s discussion Total newbie looking for help! :)
"Here's a really good book for someone getting started: Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw. "
Feb 25
Strider replied to Jenni G.'s discussion Total newbie looking for help! :)
"Here's a video showing a way to make a simple wire armature and build up a puppet around it. Would it be possible to work this way and still end up making them look like your own creations? If you click on Nick's username to see his…"
Feb 25
Strider replied to Hairyhands's discussion Feedback
"I've lived here all my life and never heard of him either, but it didn't phase me. For just a second I was like "Who??!!", but then immediately it told his story and I understood that was the point. Sort of a "Greatest hero…"
Feb 25
Strider replied to Hairyhands's discussion Feedback
"Pretty entertaining, as was the last one. The only crit I would make is it got a little hard to understand what was being said for a while - just before the candy appeared over the desk. My only other crit would be - moar animation!! "
Feb 22
Strider replied to McKinlay's discussion Ask a Model Maker...
"Oops! Hey, I never saw that last post from you McKinlay! Honest, I didn't mean to just blow off everything you said! Yes, I just listed a whole bunch of stuff, you definitely don't need all of it for starters. Probably best as he said to…"
Feb 22
Strider replied to Hairyhands's discussion Feedback
""This video is private""
Feb 22
Strider replied to McKinlay's discussion Ask a Model Maker...
" Here's a video showing basic moldmaking and casting using silicone and plastic resin. Haven't watched the whole thing, but I'm betting it's pretty good. You can buy the kits of silicone and resin (they probably explain…"
Feb 22
Strider replied to McKinlay's discussion Ask a Model Maker...
"Thought of some more stuff to add - beginning with an apology to you McKinlay, for spelling your name wrong last time!  And again, let me stress that I'm far from any kind of pro, so somebody correct me when I get things wrong. But making…"
Feb 22

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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 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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Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question

Started by Michael in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Don Carlson 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

First of all this book has a lot of great info, two thumbs up to the authors.My question is I see something called maxi-plast rubber and Plastazote what are these two items?  Since the book is from England, maybe it is something they only have…Continue

New Film 'Uncle Antlers' campaign

Started by Carla Veldman in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT yesterday. 0 Replies

Hey all,I'm working on a new short film called Uncle Antlers, which, while not primarily stop-motion like my past films (https://vimeo.com/11362592), contains elements of it and I'm animating it traditionally…Continue

The Story of Percival Pilts

Started by John Lewis in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Lemz Media on Friday. 30 Replies

Hello All. Janette Goodey and I have been working for a few years on this little film.  The film is finally finished, and our trailer is up.  https://vimeo.com/116135030Visit our …Continue

Film Festival Results

Started by Keith Mullin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Keith Mullin on Thursday. 2 Replies

On Thursday night we had the "Best of Festival" screening and awards ceremony for a film festival that I did a stop animation for.  My film "Percipient" was selected for the Best of Fest screening and nominated for a pile of awards.  I ended up…Continue

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 248 Replies

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

Motion Control for Dragonframe

Started by Tim Tracey in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Wednesday. 9 Replies

I'm trying to figure out exactly what I will need to purchase to do 3 axis motion control and focus. I'm finding it rather confusing. Anyone have any experience with this?I was looking at this package.…Continue

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