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Strider's Discussions

Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Oct 18. 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


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


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Latest Activity

Strider replied to Jasper Kuipers's discussion Some of the puppets for my new film
"Those look really good! They really do look like stone. Excellent work on the sculpting and casting. "
Nov 20
Strider replied to flynnstaflynn's discussion Best Camera under $100?
"If you go to the top of the page and look under Tutorials and then Original Handbook there's a listing of suitable types of cameras and information on how to choose one. Some of the better compact cameras and webcams will have all the necessary…"
Nov 19
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"I was surprised to see that it will shoot in 'sequential mode' (that's the stopmo function) at up to 1360 x 1024, which is actually a little bigger than 720p HD, and almost full 1080p! I only allows you to shoot short sequences, but…"
Nov 17
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"Specifically you would need this kind of AV cable, going into a 3.5mm microphone style plug:  Here's a…"
Nov 17
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"Oh, I have no idea if the in-camera editing includes effects of any kind. I'll see if I can find that info anywhere.."
Nov 17
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"You maybe in luck - I still have the IDshot I bought years ago and just played around with a couple of times - it's been in a camera bag this whole time with almost all of the accessories and it's all in fantastic shape. This would be one…"
Nov 17
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"I do know of one camera that does what you're looking for. It was many years ago that I heard about it, and it was already discontinued then, but you still light be able to pick one up on ebay for a nice used price. It's called the Sony…"
Nov 17
Strider replied to B. Hoffman's discussion Harryhausen Thanks/Tribute Video
"Wow, great find Bruce!! Some really nice animation as well as very touching. "
Nov 16
Strider replied to Echoblammo's discussion I can't find a more 'professional' camera / FX software
"Personally I don't know anything about the kind of camera you're looking for, or I'd be glad to help. Around here we tend to use DSLRs or mirrorless cameras - I'm sure some people are using other alternatives but it's been…"
Nov 14
Strider replied to Thomas Nicol's discussion Winder Rigs Beta Testing
"Yeah, really sweet animation! Looks like Justin's lessons are paying off."
Nov 11
Strider replied to Thomas Nicol's discussion Winder Rigs Beta Testing
"Hey, that's looking really nice! I guess the threaded brass inserts are for attaching it to an upright post that's then screwed down to the set floor? "
Nov 7
Strider replied to GREGG DIAMANT's discussion Clay & Silicone hybrid
"I suppose it would be possible to paint different colors of silicone into different parts of the mold, in fact I'm sure people have done that, but I don't know how well it works and it seems like it would be pretty difficult to do well.…"
Nov 5
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"Ok, I see the flaw with that idea - you do want a more permanent wrapping on each block of clay, so they'll keep in storage without getting mashed together. Individual wrapping might actually be necessary, and something stronger/more reusable…"
Oct 30
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"Yeah, keeping colors separated would be necessary - maybe something as simple as a long piece of cling wrap in a corrugated pattern - you know, over one piece and under the next, going in between them all. Really no need to worry about the ends,…"
Oct 30
Strider replied to Stuart Bury's discussion Winder rigs/rack and pinion rigs
"Looks like you're getting really close. That's something I thought might be a problem - attaching the knob to the axle piece. Once you've got that one licked the rest shouldn't be too hard. "
Oct 29
Strider replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"I meant a pre-printed, pre-cut paper label - in case you can't get it done on clear plastic or it's too expensive. Is your avatar your current label? It looks like the letters are cut out to show the clay through (or are the colors just…"
Oct 29

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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. 


Using various lenses on a Canon camera:…



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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Message Board

Software for making a workshop

Started by Marcs in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Marcs 22 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hallo friends,i will make a stopmotion-workshop at my University. I usually work with dragon frame and ask them if there are temporary licenses for the students. But there is just the option to buy licenses a litte cheaper. The students have to do a…Continue

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole yesterday. 270 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue


Started by Alex Sdraub in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Alex Sdraub yesterday. 2 Replies

i just watched last animation on youtube by StopmoNick the SteamWalkerTest and it is awesome on any point of view!Continue

Puppets with five fingers

Started by bigbossross in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by StopmoNick on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I am planning a 1:6 scale foam latex puppet, and I have a wire armature made with five thin fingers. Very few puppets I see have more than 4 fingers, which imagine is due to a technical limitation.  I am wondering how hard it would be to align the…Continue

Designing a dedicated studio. Any advice greatly appreciated!

Started by Hendrikus De Vaan in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Hi guys, I've been given some land to build on, and over the next two years I want to build a dedicated stopmotion animation studio, in Taranaki, New Zealand.The land I've been given restricts me to a build of 14m x 8.4 m. And my budget restricts me…Continue

Foam latex puppet making - Oven types

Started by bigbossross in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by bigbossross on Tuesday. 3 Replies

I am hoping to buy a tabletop oven specifically for baking foam latex puppets. From what I understand, you must use a convection oven, and I have found a large toaster/convection oven but am unsure if this type of oven will work for baking the…Continue



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