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

Started Feb 9 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

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

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 interested in how these little gems were made and got to the screen with so much heart and authenticity intact - a rare thing. Lo and behold, I discovered both on Blu-Ray, complete with loads of behind the scenes featurettes and commentary tracks,…See More
Feb 9
Strider replied to James Dolan's discussion Hanging stuff
"If you don't have rafters I would consider getting 4 c stands and some water pipe.  Here's a pic of some c stands just for reference: If you check on Amazon for Cowboy Studio lighting stand or C stand they have pretty good prices on…"
Dec 27, 2016
Strider replied to Adam Taylor's discussion "Experimenting"
"Send the fam to stay with friends during Animating Time!   "This house is closed during the hours of..." Haha - ok, maybe not.. Hey, I wonder if you could run an extension cord out to the shed (I'm guessing it's a shed?)…"
Dec 18, 2016
Strider replied to Adam Taylor's discussion "Experimenting"
"Ok, watched it a few times for flicker. I see it but only in the shadows on the lower face and below it, on the upper shirt. Not on the brightly lit walls behind the puppets at all. So I don't think it's furnace flicker - looks more like…"
Dec 17, 2016
Strider replied to Adam Taylor's discussion "Experimenting"
"The simplest way to fix it without messing with wiring is to put on a layer or two of clothes and shut off the furnace until the shot is done. That's for shots you haven't already done of course. "
Dec 17, 2016
Strider replied to justin rasch's discussion One of my First Tests from KUBO
"Awesome!!! It totally reminds me of the Bumble animation you posted here long ago.  "
Dec 15, 2016
Strider replied to Gisele Nour's discussion Stop-motion how-to books
"I second what Nick said, and I'll add The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It's about drawn animation, not specifically stop motion, but it deals with the principles of animation, and that's necessary for any kind of…"
Dec 7, 2016
Strider replied to Erik Stickley's discussion Making a mould for big nosed sculpts
"In fact, I can sketch something up to show how I would approach removing the noses and re-attaching them, that might make it more clear. I'll post it later tonight if all goes well. "
Dec 2, 2016
Strider replied to Erik Stickley's discussion Making a mould for big nosed sculpts
"I'm not any kind of expert on moldmaking - and in face when it comes to making copies of faces I've done them as sculptures rather than in rubber (my puppets have always had hard heads in the Eastern European puppetfilm tradition), but I…"
Dec 2, 2016
Strider replied to David Tomasiewicz's discussion Digital input device (DID)
"Ok, that is some serious equipment, not at all like the simplified consumer models I remember seeing years ago. You're very lucky Iulian is responding. Best of luck with it! I hope you're able to get it all connected up and working, and I…"
Nov 30, 2016
Strider replied to David Tomasiewicz's discussion Digital input device (DID)
"Did the device not come with instructions? That seems very strange - assuming it's one of the consumer devices that I remember seeing advertised when I used to search for info on the subject. Unless maybe somebody bought one and is now selling…"
Nov 29, 2016
Strider replied to Karl Krish's discussion Claymation
"What you need is the url for his page. Do you by any chance still remember it? Maybe you still have a bookmark for it, or can find the link on your own old page? "
Nov 17, 2016
Strider replied to Karl Krish's discussion Claymation
"Well this thread has got me interested in the film. If you do find it or figure out what it was called, make sure to post about it in here, alright? I'd like to see it if possible. Even if it turns out to be CGI or whatever.  "
Nov 17, 2016
Strider replied to Karl Krish's discussion Claymation
"In case I didn't make it very clear (which I don't think I did) - I was suggesting you use the Wayback Machine to look at the guy's MySpace page again. Even if the video is no longer posted there, maybe he wrote the title of it or…"
Nov 17, 2016
Strider replied to Karl Krish's discussion Claymation
"You might try the Wayback Machine on - they preserve old sites that have gone down. You just need to type in the url and if they have any archived versions of the site you'll be able to look at them. I don't think it preserves…"
Nov 17, 2016
Strider replied to T F's discussion Old film about a witch coming back as a shoe?
"Well, I can see where he might not know those things. Sometimes all I can remember of an old movie is just a fragment with no context. But if he can't remember any more and if it's not The Flying Sneaker, then I'm fresh out of…"
Nov 16, 2016

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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. 


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