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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. 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 Becky Weston's discussion LIGHTING!
"Oh yeah, the LEDs are spaced almost an inch apart in my little Ott light! I guess it's a way to get more coverage with less LEDs, sacrificing softness for utility. It's good to know they aren't all like that. "
Tuesday
Strider replied to Becky Weston's discussion LIGHTING!
"Hmmm - does that flashlight have a reflector behind the LEDs? That might be what's softening the light. I got this weird thing called an Ott-Light that looks like a flip phone - you flip it open and the light comes on automatically. It…"
Tuesday
Strider replied to Becky Weston's discussion LIGHTING!
"One thing about LED lights - the ones I've seen anyway actually use a bank of those little LEDs rather than a single source. I've had LED bicycle headlights and flashlights and they're like that, a dozen or so tiny bulbs grouped…"
Tuesday
Strider replied to Joshua Hurtado's discussion Baking Epoxy putty and Polymer Clay Together
"Are you worried that heating the cured epoxy might release hazardous vapors? I don't really know for sure, but I've done it many times and I'm still alive and have all my reasoning faculties as far as I can tell! I imagine the small…"
Nov 7
Strider replied to Jet Zhang's discussion What's the English name for the tools to punch hair in the puppet's skin?
"Yeah, there is no tool specifically made for it, by manufacturers or anything, it's something that has to be made. And I don't know of a definite name for it - generally I guess it would be called a hair punch.  If you're…"
Nov 1
Strider replied to Stuart Bury's discussion Lighting packages...Where to begin?
"Here's a recent thread with some info about PAR lights - just ask if you're interested in more info. "
Nov 1
Strider replied to Stuart Bury's discussion Lighting packages...Where to begin?
"I don't know much about pro grade lights, but I don't think many stop-moes use them. For the most part they're too big, too powerful, and too expensive. But we have the advantage of having comparatively much smaller areas to light,…"
Nov 1
Strider replied to Haruko Napochka's discussion Camera Shake Problem
"Excellent!!! Good work on solving it. Glad we could help. And yeah, be sure to let us see the finished film! "
Oct 19
Strider replied to Haruko Napochka's discussion Camera Shake Problem
"2 things I can think of - either your camera has stabilization turned on - which ironically destabilizes it for stopmotion - of maybe your camera support just isn't sturdy enough.  The stabilization can be called different things - and…"
Oct 18
Philmation replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"Thats a shame Nick, hopefully it will air over there in the coming weeks. It is an interesting show, this season is off to a great start (has one of the creepiest clowns in it that I have ever seen)  That would be great Strider, I would love to…"
Oct 18
StopmoNick replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"All I got was, "The uploader has not made this video available in your country."  Probably holding it back until this series airs here.  I was able to look at some of the earlier titles on the page Philmation linked to though,…"
Oct 18
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"Who knows, it might kick off a new trend? It'll be seen on televisions all across the world, again and again and again, embedding itself in the mass consciousness (or more likely the collective unconscious where it was doubtless spawned). "
Oct 17
Philmation replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"I agree Strider, it was an unexpected treat to see the opening with stop motion... I wish it would happen more often."
Oct 17
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"Nice find! I was thinking about doing the same search, but never did it. It's just refreshing in this day and age to be able to see some nice dark, creepy clown-and-skeleton stopmotion based on Starevitch with a Quay/Svankmejer feel to it.…"
Oct 16
Philmation replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
Oct 16
Philmation replied to Strider's discussion Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits
"Very cool stuff... Voltaire??"
Oct 16

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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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Making silicone puppet

Started by Hani in CASTING. Last reply by Hani 3 hours ago. 18 Replies

Hi everyoneI'm working on a puppet of a girl, and I want to use silicone for the skin. I tried to make it of Dragon Skin 10 but the result goes too smooth and looks very doll like - as in the picture here:…Continue

Adobe Premiere/Effects animating a matte for rig removal

Started by Annie Wong in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Scottie D. yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi! I was wondering if anyone could tell me or point me in the direction of a tutorial for animating a matte for rig removal in Adobe Premiere or After Effects? Here's a quickie little test I did of my puppet just to dip my feet into how his rig…Continue

Tags: adobe, removal, rig

Lighting question for all you's guys

Started by Don Carlson in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Don Carlson on Friday. 2 Replies

Hiya, folks.I'm curious what kind of lighting you use- halogen,  tungsten, LED, or compact fluorescent (spiral) bulbs. The main purpose of asking is that I am not sure how hard to design my clay for the animator who is going to use it. So far, there…Continue

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LIGHTING!

Started by Becky Weston in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Jack Liddon on Tuesday. 13 Replies

Hello fellow stop motion-ers!I have managed to teach myself enough to make a few stop motions, but I still don't quite understand what type of lighting/bulbs to use to prevent the subtle flickering throughout an animation? I want to be able to…Continue

Tags: flicker, no, cheap, lighting

DIY moco rig

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Tuesday. 4 Replies

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14 year old wants a stop motion camera

Started by Amanda in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by gustavo arteaga Nov 17. 14 Replies

My son is almost 14 years old.  He has done some stop motion on his 3Ds with his lego figures, although there is no sound.  He is asking for a real stop motion camera for Christmas. I don't even know where to begin.  He doesn't have his own personal…Continue

Tags: first, stop-motion, Christmas, camera, teen

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