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Started by Duane Petrie in ANIMATOR TALK 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Has it been 7 years already??Guys I don't know if y'all remember me, but I used to frequent this forum quite a lot since about the year 2000. I've had many great conversations and swapped SMA knowledge with quite a few of you over the years, quietly lurked and learned here for years before that, and have met some of the most talented (and equally generous) people I've ever known. To be honest, I didn't know if I would still know anyone here after how much time had passed! But low-and-behold, after poking around I quickly started to see them again: Nick, Ron, Strider, Greyguy, Anthony, Marc, Don, Jriggity, and many more old friends names I recognize and used to eagerly follow. As well as many new outstandingly talented contributors.But right now I feel a little bit like Brendan Fraser walking out of the bomb shelter or Captain America coming out from the ice. In 2012 I lost my job, then went through some other messy stuff like a divorce etc., then took a job in a completely new career path (stock broker), and my animation came to a complete halt -- LITERALLY, the two figures I was animating are still posed for the next shot in my garage to this day! Albeit covered in probably an inch of dust...  And now coming back to this world, so much has changed! It's called Dragon Frame now? What's the deal with these LED lights? We can actually afford 3D printers now?!? How are the purists reacting to that? I was in such a whirlwind trying to obtain all my finance licenses and move up the corporate ladder that I never had time for hobbies. Well, a few weeks ago an old friend and I decided to leave all that behind and start our own video marketing company: StudioMighty Productions And a big part of that was so we could focus more on our passions, and for me that's SMA.It feels good to peak back into this world, but it's also intimidating. So I'm wondering if you guys would cut me some slack and help…Continue

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Making robotic characters.

Started by Count Croc in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick on Sunday. 1 Reply

Hey guys. I was wondering how you would go about making robotic legs such as those from The Empire Strikes Back's AT-AT. I would love to make some robotic characters that have limbs like those. Any thoughts?Continue

House of Monsters Kickstarter Budget Breakdown

Started by Dawn Brown in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Dawn Brown Aug 14. 10 Replies

Hey everyone, I have been asked to share our preliminary budget from the House of Monsters Kickstarter campaign from a few years ago. This was our early plan for how the funds would be spent. One of these days I would like to update this to reflect what we ended up spending. I can tell you, the Kickstarter rewards ended up costing 3x what we planned. International shipping killed us. We did not end up renting a stage, and rolled those funds to the rewards and materials and supplies. Also - we brought on a famous actor for the voice over when we were well into the project, and he was not budgeted here. We went over budget considerably, but I hope this serves as a good starting point for anyone considering a crowdfunding project. Thanks.Continue

Birdlime - short film

Started by Evan DeRushie in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Adam Taylor Aug 13. 6 Replies

After finishing this film back in 2017, and playing in many film festivals, it's finally time to premiere online. So here it is! This was my second full short film that I wrote/directed/lit, and the first that I animated fully. It's also much longer than my previous film, which was a challenge to keep the pace up and hold attention for over 10 minutes. I stuck to a very limited set of camera angles, which I think worked for the story, and also allowed me to focus more of my time on animation, because the shots were very long and I wasn't spending time on new setups.A fun animation fact- the bird was behind a cage wall for the entire film, and this wasn't a digital trick. The front of the cage actually slid open on a drawer-slider, and registered back in place with a magnet. It's a fun solution to a problem that my set designer Winston Hacking came up with. There are some making-of videos on my website (http://evanderushie.com/birdlime.php), which show some rehearsal "pop-thru" footage, and a look at multiple lighting-passes I used for keying and more. If you have any questions about anything, I'd be happy to answer- the SMA board was such an invaluable resource to me when I was starting out, so I'd love the chance to share info with the community.Hope you enjoy!Evan DeRushiewww.stopmodept.comContinue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by trailerunner Aug 11. 548 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

Lighting stopmotion sets

Started by KurT in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Aug 9. 4 Replies

anyone have any recommendation for lighting stopmotion sets? ive used photography lighting sets in the past but had problems with fluctuation through frames.cheers, Continue

Tags: lighting

I use WWE action figures

Started by John in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick Aug 1. 1 Reply

Hi. I'm new to stop motion animating and I use WWE action figures. I saw wwe stop motions and even though they use fishing line, what could be an alternative to fishing line? I know I have armature wire, but that doesn't work for me.Continue

20th Anniversary for StopMotionAnimation.com

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Maureen Z Jul 21. 14 Replies

Hey all, it was just about 20 years ago that I purchased this domain name and set up this website in April of 1999. Over the years, it's been interesting for me to see and hear from people who were impacted from this site in a positive way. I've even been able to meet or work with a few of you out there. It has always been my desire to use this site as a way of informing, educating and connecting talented people. So, let's hear from you, if you have any stories from the past 20 years relating to this website, I'd love to hear them. - AnthonyContinue

Tips for stabilising a flimsy tripod?

Started by Marnik in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by James Krysa Jul 20. 13 Replies

I don't have any budget to buy a nice new sturdy tripod, but am up for trying all sorts of whacky DIY ideas! Anyone have any thoughts?This is essentially the same as mine: http://www.amazon.com/Vista-Explorer-60-Inch-Lightweight-Tripod/dp/B000V7AF8E/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371488268&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=jessops+tripodContinue

 
 
 

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