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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 Pram's discussion Blacklisted: How do you know?
"I don't know how anybody in stopmotion could be blacklisted. I don't really know how it works, but when you hear the stories of Hollywood studio execs shouting "You'll never work in this city again!" I think they're…"
yesterday
Strider replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.
"Yeah, if you want to do realistic Dynamation type animation then 15 fps is probably the low limit. I use 12 because I do a more cartoony type of animation and don't mind a slight bit of stutter showing on fast moves (though sometimes I'll…"
Thursday
Strider replied to Ben Tobin's discussion Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.
"'Shooting on 2s' is a term used for animating on film really - when you're working digitally you just switch to 12 fps. On film the only way to do it is by actually shooting 2 physical frames each time you move things around.  Of…"
Tuesday
Strider replied to Sylther's discussion Adjustable height table as animation desk?
"Would you be able to drill tie-down holes through it - I mean are there any metal struts running across the bottom of it? Or you could always make a small portable animation table that sits on top of it. But I think you're right to doubt the…"
Apr 12
Strider replied to Mike's discussion DSLR Full-Manual (avoiding flicker) extremely confused.
"On your first question I think it's mostly a matter of trying things, moving stuff around, and keep adjusting until it looks right. That's how I'd approach it anyway.  On the second, it is possible to use a fisheye lens and get…"
Apr 11
Strider replied to Marnik's discussion Winder rig
"Do a search for Lab Jack. They're good for that. But you probably need to carefully check each frame using the framegrabber to make sure it isn't jiggling side to side as it goes up and down - some of them have a tendency to do that. "
Apr 10
Strider replied to Kit's discussion High Frequency PWM Dimmable LED lamp
"Wow, that is exciting! When I saw 'prototype' I thought you might be working on something that will be going into production, but I see it's more of a basement project thing )love the dogwood can!).  Question - assuming…"
Apr 1
Strider replied to Pram's discussion Progress on the latest clay short
"Wow Don, super cool!! Everything looks excellent. Excited to see the new project underway. It all has the distinct Don Carlson look, and yet you've obviously learned a lot since the last one. I love the idea of making the clay harder so the…"
Mar 20
Strider replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Any relation to Andy Cahill? You might want to look him up onYouTube - he does some excellent experimental stopmotion videos. Thanks for sharing the video! "
Feb 17
Strider replied to maddogmovies's discussion Dragonframe using Firewire with Macbook Pro?
"Yeah - but my setup is a bit different from yours. The firewire is from an analog/digital converter, carrying the live view feed from my camera, which is standard def. So I can't say for sure if it can handle an HD stream. Guess I should have…"
Feb 13
Strider replied to maddogmovies's discussion Dragonframe using Firewire with Macbook Pro?
"Yeah, I got a Thunderbolt/Firewire converter and it works perfectly for me. No problems at all with it. "
Feb 11
Strider replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Public Site?
"I'm perma-logged too, so it's no different for me, but it's nice that the public can see the site. "
Feb 9
Strider replied to Grindngoatflesh's discussion Tie down and set questions.
"Hiding tie-down holes @ StopMoShorts 2.0"
Feb 5
Strider replied to Natty Boonmasiri's discussion Puppet With Tiny Feet
"You can get away with using tie-down screws as small as 4-40, it not even smaller, especially for a very small lightweight puppet. "
Feb 2
Strider replied to Sylther's discussion Resizing and cropping
"Oh you'll definitely see a change in quality. If you just crop you're losing all that extra resolution. You may as well have just shot it on an HD camcorder. By reducing the size you're getting the benefit of starting with a massive…"
Feb 2
Strider replied to Cellarmation's discussion Controlling focus and other camera gear
"The easiest way, and quite accurate really, is to wrap a bit of armature wire around the focus ring on the lens and tape it in place, then bend the end of it out like a pointer. You can see this even when you're behind the camera, and you can…"
Feb 2

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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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THE SPACEMAN - A Stop-Motion Space Adventure

Started by Josh Funk in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Will Tebo 44 minutes ago. 1 Reply

I just launched a kickstarted today for my latest project about a man who creates a cardboard spaceship, goes to another planet to dispose of a mysterious object, & battles an ALIEN MONSTER!. …Continue

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24 frame

Started by fatih in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

I'm a rookie any more in stop motion. I'm 24 so slow my frames? to copy attraction solves the problem? Shoot 24 frames a challenging job  thanksContinue

The Problem:

Started by Varg Ossian in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Pram 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

What to Practice? What to Focus on?Stop motion, is unique in that it requires a considerable amount of materials and skills in order to create... something... anything. So what specific aspects should I practice on in order to become good, or even…Continue

Making Heads and bodies

Started by Mastermind Films in SCULPTING. Last reply by Pram 23 hours ago. 4 Replies

I now have an armature ready to be sculpted with. I just need to get ideas on how must I start with. I could still recall that I used to cover armatures with clay at once. But the problem is that, it makes the model heavy and harder to work with.I…Continue

Set floor material

Started by Jasmine Best in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Pram yesterday. 3 Replies

I have been doing a lot of research on different tie down methods but I am still confused about what kind of material is best for the floor of the set for a simple drill hole in floor and rod and bolt tie down puppet support. I have seen…Continue

Tags: materials, beginner, new, construction, sets

Frame rate and shooting on 2s what to do/ help.

Started by Ben Tobin in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Pram yesterday. 9 Replies

Hi, I'm really new to stop motion and have been trying out various frame rates but am mostly sticking to 24p for no particular reason.  after my first couple of attempts I switched to shooting in/on twos (1photo for 2 frames) as I have read that a…Continue

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