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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 Funski's discussion look & see
"No pictures? "
Sunday
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
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion On revealing our secrets...(or not)
"It sounds like what you're looking for is epoxy putty. It's a 2 part compound that you mix together and knead vigorously by twisting and mashing it together for a minute or so, beginning the chemical reaction. It begins to turn warm and…"
Jul 6
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"^ I also don't think it would work well for really tiny joints, like for fingers. Notice even in the robot puppets in the lined video, the fingers are made with wire, they don't have ball joints in them. Very few stopmotion puppets have…"
Jun 25
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Why print the balls? You could use acrylic balls - just drill through and glue them onto steel rods or something? Or just do the standard steel balls brazed onto rod. Or you could use the tongue studs that screw onto threaded rods. Of course…"
Jun 25
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion PAX painting secret
"Clog the bristles? Well, that's a very euphemistic and rather misleading way of saying it will completely and utterly destroy a brush, turning it into a solid lump of rubber! "
Jun 20
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Sorry to triple post, but I want to add that I think this kind of design is good for robot puppets where the armature is the puppet, but I think the joints require too much bulk to work as an armature going inside a puppet and surrounded by foam and…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion Wire Finger
"^ That's called shrink tubing around here. "
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Ok, must be this Austin Taylor: He's definitely using 3D printed puppets! It looks like he must be inserting metal rods into the balls though, I imagine a piece of plastic that thin wouldn't take the stress. Wonder how he's binding…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"I tried a search of the board for Austin Taylor and all that came up is this thread - any idea where we could see that?  I know most action figures aren't suitable for serious animation - the joints will hold in certain positions but when…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"I know people do print up parts for action figures using 3d printers, but I think that's just prototypes that get cleaned up and then sent on for production in traditional molds so they can use a much stronger plastic. I'm not totally sure…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Joseph Michael Humpston's discussion 3d Print Armatures
"Not if you're talking about a metal balljoint armature.The metal used by those printers isn't really metal (unless there's been some kind of quantum leap in technology that I haven't heard of) - it's either plastic or paper…"
Jun 19
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Blue Alien Summer story issues fixed
"Oh man - filmmaking by committee? And worse yet, a random internet committee? Nothing good ever came of that kind of approach, only chaos. Chaos, I say!   Narrative is an extremely demanding discipline that requires a lot of sacrifices. Just do…"
Jun 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. 

You…
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Maintaining Quality - Dragonframe / Premiere / After Effects

Started by Suraya in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by stephen dirkes 2 hours ago. 18 Replies

Hi,I have been shooting some stop-motion in Dragonframe. I wanted to work with the RAW files to keep it as high quality as possible. I will need to do some rig removal in After Effects CS5, and I was planning to edit in premiere pro CS5.I have been…Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Owen Flanigan yesterday. 411 Replies

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

look & see

Started by Funski in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by StopmoNick on Sunday. 5 Replies

Hey guys check out my new sculpts and let me know what you think - it would be great to get some feedback as I'm still new to all this. I would like to try and sculpt somebody else's character design's they might have, good practice I think? So…Continue

Voice Recording

Started by Joseph Michael Humpston in SOUND. Last reply by John Downey on Friday. 11 Replies

Hello Guys! I'm trying to make a stop-motion film for You Tube, and I'm new to recording voice over. Do you guys have any recommendations on what kinds of recording equipment i should use? What kind of Mic I should use, what should the specs be?…Continue

Tags: Recording, Voice-Over

iStopmotion

Started by Joseph Michael Humpston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Tim Smyth on Thursday. 8 Replies

Hello guys! I use a mac to make films. Does anybody know what kind of tools are featured in iStopmotion? Also, does the camera I use have to have fire-wire?Continue

Tags: Mac, iStopmotion

What's your camera?

Started by Bethany Williams in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Susannah Shaw on Thursday. 15 Replies

The title says it all really, post you make/ model of camera you use below. Thank you Continue

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