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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 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
Strider replied to Jeff Lafferty's discussion The Wolf's Heart - My First Stop Mo Animation
".. It might also have to do with the fact that you broke the 180 degree rule. He was moving to the left in one shot, and then he's moving the opposite way in the next That's pretty jarring, and goes against established filmmaking…"
Aug 18
Strider replied to Jeff Lafferty's discussion The Wolf's Heart - My First Stop Mo Animation
"Ok, I've spent some more time with it (I'll be going back in for more in a minute), and I think I see why there's some objection to the cutting on the action on the jump. It looks like maybe it takes just a few frames to long to cut…"
Aug 18
Strider replied to Jeff Lafferty's discussion The Wolf's Heart - My First Stop Mo Animation
"Wow Jeff, that is really excellent!!! In every regard - aside from just a few small imperfections that as I think somebody said will clear up with some experience. I especially like the puppets - the style you use. There's something about the…"
Aug 18
Strider replied to Cadmus Rimbaud's discussion Puppet Size
"Good point Simon. Personally I operate on the theory that the closer proportioning gets to realistic human proportions, the more you dip your toe in the Uncanny Valley where things start to look really weird and unpleasant. Or if I do come fairly…"
Aug 17
Strider replied to Cadmus Rimbaud's discussion Puppet Size
"Well, if you have a Laika budget and Laika resources, you can afford to build gigantic sets and house them in warehouses or something. Those gigantic sets mean you need a lot more lights, and of course require a lot more material and…"
Aug 17
Strider replied to KINN's discussion Are these lens o.k?
"The first one looks great to me. I'm a little confused about the P in the second listing - I checked the Ken Rockwell site which is my go-to site for info on lenses, and here's what it says about Nikkor P lenses: Ah, so that must be what…"
Aug 14
Strider replied to Porter's discussion Critique on a basic animation
"For making clothes, I got an out of print book by Suzanna Oroyan called Finishing the Figure, which os about making clothes for one of a kind art dolls - which are very much like puppets. One part of that book told me everything I needed to know.…"
Aug 6
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion D3300 and Flickering (lens issues)
"Here's a demo of the 'lens twist method': The Lens Twist Method by Dustin Farrell from Dustin Farrell- dustin@dfvc.com on Vimeo. It's posted on my blog right under the threads about using non-canon lenses on Canon cameras, not…"
Aug 4
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion D3300 and Flickering (lens issues)
"I've never heard of anything called a "non-cpu" lens, and I've definitely never seen any lens listed that way. I doubt you'd turn anything up with that kind of search parameters. But one thing we need to understand as…"
Aug 4
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion Miniature pianos
"Another possibility - still assuming you want to build it hollow like a box - rather than wood strips you could use strips of thin cardboard or thick paper - maybe 2 or 3 laminated together, with little tabs on the bottom, and fold the tabs back and…"
Aug 3
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion Miniature pianos
"Here's a store selling miniature lumber: Northeast Scale Lumber Co. That page has cherry strips, which is what I would go for. O remember when Jim Danforth was in here years ago he said he had used cherry wood and steamed it to make a ship…"
Aug 3
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion Miniature pianos
"Looking atTamara's film and her pics, I see she built a pretty detailed piano, but the inside is pretty simple.There's definitely something in there, but you can't see under the lid well enough to tell what it is exactly, and there…"
Aug 3
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion Miniature pianos
""Would be great to know what the body is made of" Well that would depend on what the inside needs to look like because you said this: "a moveable 'lid' on top". Will the inside of the piano be visible? If so,…"
Aug 3
Strider replied to Jimothy Smythe's discussion D3300 and Flickering (lens issues)
"The problem is the AF in the name of the lens - it means autofocus, and is what you need to avoid. You need to get an older manual focus lens and an adapter to make it fit your camera.  I've listed a bunch of informative threads here: Link…"
Aug 3

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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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