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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 Lanna Meggy's discussion The Uncanny
"The uncanny is a fascinating subject, and when used properly makes for some of the most unsettling films or scenes - far more effective than gore or the fear of physical pain/torture. It was studied by Kubrick when he was preparing to make The…"
15 hours ago
Strider replied to Andy Evans's discussion Philip Beglan Characters
"Those are very nice character sculpts! Wallace and Gromit was made by Peter Lord originally, later joined by the Aardman team. Maybe Beglan is an Aardman sculptor or animator?  "
Strider replied to Tommo's discussion how to remove a rig
"Simon pretty much covered it. I would add - be careful about shadows!! Try to arrange lighting and camera position (and everything else) so you always have a nice clean, shadow-free zone to cut out around. "
Strider replied to Peter Donnelly's discussion 3 lenses and a Dolly kit
"The AI lenses sound good - I'd stay away from the 50mm though - the AF means it's autofocus. But if you get the 55 you don't need a 50, and the Micro will do so much more than a non-micro. It's essentially a zoom lens with the…"
Strider replied to Bethany Williams's discussion Drawn - pegbar
"Here's a trailer for one of Plympton's films - I see he's not always re drawing the backgrounds anymore: You can easily tell when he does and when he doesn't - if everything looks completely different from one frame to the next…"
Oct 11
Strider replied to Bethany Williams's discussion Drawn - pegbar
"I just realized what you might be thinking of. There is a certain kind of "funky' drawn animation style where the animator will re-draw the background - at least 2 or 3 frames of it - so it sort of pulsates. This is often done in those…"
Oct 11
Strider replied to Bethany Williams's discussion Drawn - pegbar
"I recommend reading a good book on animation - my personal favorite being the Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Animation technically began with stopmotion - as a trick photography technique just to make things seem to appear and…"
Oct 11
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"Sure - here's the original:, Updates, and Links .. From way back before there was a Blogger or Blogspot - I had to hand code the whole thing in HTML. Right at the top of every page is a link to the Archived pages…"
Sep 16
Strider replied to Mel Du's discussion Plastilina y stop motion
"Ah, if you're having trouble with sticky clay, you should try some of Don Carlson's Puppet Putty: Puppet Putty @ AnimateClay Store."
Sep 16
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"It seems you did the same thing I did when I made my last batch of puppets - which is to make all of them before testing the design. I used a very efficient production method, cut the parts for all the arms for instance at one time and spent an…"
Sep 15
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"New thought - after re-reading our back-and-forth here. The fact that the metal distorted so much as you were pressing the balls into the sockets indicates maybe you were pressing too hard. I don't think you're suppose to try to completely…"
Sep 15
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"I also want to say (I tend to get caught up in the questions and answers and forget to say anything else) - your armatures look great!! Especially for first efforts! One comment - I'm a bit worried about what appear to be brazed-in finger wires…"
Sep 15
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"S'not a problem!  And I don't mean to discourage you from asking here on the new board - some of the armature guys do still check in here, and you may very well get an answer from one of them. They just don't tend to check in…"
Sep 15
Strider replied to MotionNovice's discussion Fluid movement with Homemade Armature
"On the old message board there's a LOT of advice about exactly this kind of issue - not much of it on this one because all the real armature guys don't really hang around on the new board very much (plus they already said everything that…"
Sep 14
Strider replied to Jeff Lafferty's discussion The Wolf's Heart - My First Stop Mo Animation
"Ok, I lied!  Just can't stop picking at those nits! Actually this time I've got an idea for how to fix all the problems with the jump cut. Not that you should re-shoot, but just by way of, again, keeping ideas like this in mind for…"
Aug 18
Strider replied to Jeff Lafferty's discussion The Wolf's Heart - My First Stop Mo Animation
"Ok, last nitpicky consecutive post, I promise!!   The only other thing that I noticed is the sudden stop right at the end as the camera is craning up to show the guy in the rafters. The camera move is very well done - nice and smooth - but it…"
Aug 18

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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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