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Strider's Discussions

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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Strider replied to Porter's discussion Critique on a basic animation
"Most likely I just didn't wait long enough for them to load..  "
21 hours ago
Strider replied to Porter's discussion Critique on a basic animation
"I can't get the clips to open in the browser, had to download them to see them, but they worked fine once I did. The animation looks great!! It looks like you've got that licked, even including squash and stretch. I'd say it's…"
yesterday
Strider replied to Suraya's discussion Eyeballs that sit inside a hollow cast head.
"I really like the approach jowanneke used! It's simple and effective and cuts through all the extra technology we so often get caught up in, plus it mimics reality. When a person looks down the eyelids do move with them. Of…"
Jun 18
Strider replied to Suraya's discussion Eyeballs that sit inside a hollow cast head.
"Ok, better than pictures, I dug up the actual head and got some pics: And wow, was I right about not remembering it quite right!! Much of what I "remembered" was actually what I was planning but hadn't actually done yet. This is…"
Jun 16
Strider replied to Suraya's discussion Eyeballs that sit inside a hollow cast head.
"It5t's been so long since i did this I don't remember the details very clearly, and I never took it beyond the test stage, but here's what I did. The face was a mask piece made of sculpey (a resin casting would be a lot stronger) and…"
Jun 16
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Need help with tie-down issue
"Well we won't hold that against you!   Ok, now I understand your set better - thanks for explaining it. You might be able to reinforce it in places underneath, by adding more fiberglass, and possibly placing wooden blocks or something…"
Jun 15
Strider replied to Bobby's discussion pigments and silicone
"Why not just get some Ultracal 30 when you place your Smooth-on order? They carry good moldmaking supplies. You should be able to get just about everything you need there."
Jun 13
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Need help with tie-down issue
"Ok, looking back now at your post, I'm not sure I really understand the problem. Is there air space between the tabletop and the set, or is the space filled with something like styrofoam or crumpled paper? "
Jun 12
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Need help with tie-down issue
"Here's another possibility that doesn't involve any carpentry - maybe you could just slide the set so it's hanging of the edge of the table? Hopefully you need the puppet to be walking at the edge of the set rather than out in the…"
Jun 12
Strider replied to Anne Koreman's discussion Need help with tie-down issue
"I think I would either put some longer legs under your set to raise it higher off the table, or remove the table completely and put some even longer legs under the set, so it becomes its own table, if that makes sense. "
Jun 12
Strider replied to Joe Blaxland's discussion Technical Hitch
"Hahaha!!! Love it!! Not many people are going to get it - just those of us who have actually attempted stopmotion, so this is a great place to show it. I especially dig that you showed the clicking back and forth between the last frame and the live…"
Jun 1
Strider replied to darren way's discussion From Beyond
"Wow, that is very powerful!! "
May 27
Strider replied to Andrew AJ's discussion DRAGONFRAME website is down
"It seems to be working for me: http://www.dragonframe.com"
May 11
Strider replied to S1234's discussion Software - stop motion beginner
"I don't have experience with the GF1, but I do have a GF3, and it definitely will not give you a live view on the computer monitor, so I  assume the same would be true for the GF1. My GF3 is great for run-and-gun live action shooting, but…"
May 9
Strider replied to Srj's discussion can exposure settings damage a webcam? (logitech c920)
"Glad you got it figured out!! "
May 7
Strider replied to Srj's discussion can exposure settings damage a webcam? (logitech c920)
"Yeah, more likely it's a setting or two that just needs to be adjusted- especially since it sounds like it worked better when you first got it.  To reduce graininess you want to turn gain off or all the way down. All it does is…"
May 6

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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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