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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

ParaNormalized - solved my ParaNorman problems all with one simple expedient

Started Dec 2, 2012 0 Replies

... I turned the color down. That's all it took.You might recall my ranting a while back about the disturbing translucency of the skin - well, add on to that the oversaturated fluorescent pink skin tones of many of the puppets (which always gets on…Continue

 

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Strider replied to Dinoman217's discussion Classroom Set
"It also depends what kind of classroom - is it an university lecture hall or a 1st grade class? If it s for kids you could have bulletin boards with crayon drawings (can find them on the web and print them upon miniature) tacked not them, maybe…"
Aug 19
Strider replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Slow Motion in Stop motion
"Hah!! That is fantastic!! Excellently done - thanks for showing us!! "
Aug 18
Strider replied to Steven Topham's discussion Advanced tie down methods
"Are you looking for anything in particular, I mean, are there any problems with the usual tiedown methods that you're trying to overcome or something? I can imagine there might be a few variations on the classics, but I doubt there's…"
Aug 13
Strider replied to Justin Connolly's discussion "Dance For Your Life, Puny Human" now online!
"Very well done!! How come you're so good? Are you a pro, or an amateur who just really knows what he's doing? "
Aug 6
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
""I've even seen knowledge one of us has shared passed off as someone else's knowledge without attribution." Quoting this from the original post at the beginning of the thread.  I think it's not a valid point. Once…"
Aug 4
Strider replied to Dinoman217's discussion What inspired You to do Stop-Motion?
"Same experience. We used to rent a full-size VHS camcorder when they were still pretty new. The silly comedy skits went pretty well, we'd just use whoever was there (my friend's house was a very sociable spot, lots of people there all the…"
Aug 3
Strider replied to Dinoman217's discussion What inspired You to do Stop-Motion?
"For me it happened in several distinct stages. When I was very young I used to love Gumby and Davey and Goliath, as well as of course the Rankin-Bass holiday specials like Rudolph and the Little Drummer Boy etc. Then a little older I discovered…"
Aug 2
Strider replied to Lottie Holland's discussion Need Advice/Help!
"This should help explain things (though Steve already did a fine job of it, consider this supplemental info): http://www.stopmoshorts.net/?p=81 Also, as an addendum: http://www.stopmoshorts.net/?p=258"
Jul 30
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"Lol - on reading this, I pictured 'road apples' placed over each hole, and then imagined a puppet stepping on each of them in turn..  Then I realized you meant placing the dung piles so they block the holes, not on top of…"
Jul 24
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"Glad I could help. Also, don't forget as long as you don't have the camera unusually high it shouldn't be able to 'see' the pavement right where he's walking - you could design the set with a strip of bare wood there…"
Jul 23
Strider replied to Ibrahim Ali Albuainain's discussion Drilling Technique
"If you haven't made the set floor yet (it sounds like you haven't) I think I might try pre-drilling the holes (measure them off by positioning your puppet - use its legs sort of like a caliper, adjusting for where you'll want bigger…"
Jul 23
Strider replied to Funski's discussion look & see
"No pictures? "
Jul 19
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Lol - I originally painted them orange/red, didn't like it, and went with a mottled yellow/beige/brown sort of look. That's traces of the original coat of paint. "
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Oh it would hurt alright, but not so much because of the epoxy putty…  "
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Yeah, it's really useful in certain situations. Like with other slow-setting epoxy putties, it's a good idea to let it sit for a while after kneading it, and it will firm up and get a lot easier to work with. At first it droops and sags…"
Jul 7
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"Really? Hmmm… I'm trying to remember if I've ever painted something made of epoxy putty - oh yeah, my stool cushions. No problem whatsoever painting them. I'm sure I've used it for a lot of stuff that I painted, and I…"
Jul 7

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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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2014 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival - Announcing Special Guests!

Started by Chris Diaz in FILM FESTIVALS. Last reply by Chris Diaz 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the official opening of its call for entries for the next edition of the Festival, which will take place on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014. Our submissions deadline has been pushed up this…Continue

Slow Motion in Stop motion

Started by Santino Vitale in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by John Horabin 5 hours ago. 24 Replies

I'd been experimenting with the possibilities of slow motion and how to achieve that slick, ultra slow look in stop motion. And after a while of testing, I decided to make a short film to showcase the effect. It is a spoof of all those fancy perfume…Continue

Tags: short, effects, film, CGI, fps

i challenge you to a fight

Started by mikefallek in ANIMATOR TALK 8 hours ago. 0 Replies

This is done using a technique I call wizard chess.Posting it here first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVLT9eUWn2Acheck…Continue

lol Finally dipping my feet into an actual stop motion test.

Started by Zaid in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Zaid on Monday. 4 Replies

Finally got the nerve to actually animate something, Don't know what hes doing exactly but I just went with the flow lol. Got this new toy in the mail and I knew I just had to animate it. Man I had alot of fun with it too, cant wait to try some…Continue

Capsule: My stop-mo sci-fi short

Started by Josh Mahan in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Josh Mahan on Sunday. 3 Replies

Hey everyone, Just wanted to share a project I've been working on for a bit…Continue

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