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. - Anthony

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Thank you so much! I've learned a lot of valuable information on this website and am glad that I found this awesome community!

It's a great site and I have learned and really like seeing peoples work

Heres to another 20 !

This great website does exactly what you set out to do. It is a resource that has built over the years into something that addresses all aspects of stop motion. I have learned so much here, and check in every few days to see if there is something of interest.

Seven years ago I got properly into stop motion, having worked in television (1:1 scale!) during the analogue years. I may not have continued were it not for this site, especially during that steep uphill slog to get to understand the software programs. 

My specialty has been sculpting and mould-making, and in order to repay the debt I owe for advice so freely given I have tried to give of my own experience. And designing and building a couple of moco rigs has also been an opportunity to share what I found out.

 I think that is what this site is all about, paying it forward. Thanks.

The first time I really set up and noticed stop motion animation was around 1980 when I saw a special about how the Tauntaun was animated for Empire Strikes Back. I have always had a dream of making a creature like that come to life. Jump forward 30 years and the dream is still there and gets super fueled by recent films. Rooting around on the internet it is very easy to find some general basic information on stop motion but if you really want to get to the nuts and bolts of it you need industry professionals sharing their experiences and this website provides such a forum.

Plus I would still be sitting on the sidelines if not for the Stop Mo Jams. While neither jam had anything to do with a film I wanted to make it was enough motivation for me to get off my tail and just try something. My plans for my next two practice films were shattered when I lost my day job. However the fire still exists and I hope to animate again soon.

Thank You Mr. Scott for the site.

This site is a wonderful resource. The tutorials and networking are invaluable. Long live StopMotion!

My story: I came around 2006 during high school, and I it was almost by accident because I was not supposed to learn stopmotion and no one told me to. But I kept hearing about a specific place where many people would gather. At that time English as a second lanuage was quite basic and I felt intimidated by the vast information. Thanks to many blogs like darkstrider blog who suggested the forum, I started to dive into and felt more confident.  Eventually this allowed me to meet wonderful people who I still communicate with and I consider my friends. Unfortunately none of them have I seen in person, except for one.

It it s a great place and the starting point of many adventures. If anything, I just wished I had discovered this place earlier.

Happy 20th annyversary. SMA

Hey guys,  Yeah this website community is awesome.  I know I haven't used it as much as I could have, but it is a great place to learn and be inspired and humbled by all the great talent on here..  hopefully I will become more active myself on here in the future, but so much great knowledge and guidance, and creative presence to be inspired, there are no excuses, I always loved taking part in the stopmo jams that Anthony organised and challenged us to do.  I think we probably all need a good challenge.  I learnt a lot..  I think this place has probably got it all, and there are some great personalities on here, very creative nice people, you know who you are, well I love this site, even though I haven't been on here lately, I think it's a great place to interact and showcase your work, and get ideas, inspiration, guidance, encouragement, validation, we all need to feel we not alone out there.. sometimes just a few words or a like is all we need to keep going, stopmotion and all forms of animation are great.  and I think it's amazing that you started this website Anthony, bringing lots of creative people together, in a safe shared space and it's down to all of us, how much we want to be part of that..  it's all good..    Thank You!  and Happy 20th Anniversary StopMotionAnimation.com   :) x

nice message Steve.. Just wanted to agree with you on the stop mo jams...  I loved being involved with that  process..  and I needed the motivation there to.  I think it was great that Anthony gave us all the opportunity to do something together.. it works on so many levels, I loved it.. I want to do more, but I got motivation issues myself...  but yeah thanks Mr Scott lol so formal. I like that  ;)



Steve Copeland said:

The first time I really set up and noticed stop motion animation was around 1980 when I saw a special about how the Tauntaun was animated for Empire Strikes Back. I have always had a dream of making a creature like that come to life. Jump forward 30 years and the dream is still there and gets super fueled by recent films. Rooting around on the internet it is very easy to find some general basic information on stop motion but if you really want to get to the nuts and bolts of it you need industry professionals sharing their experiences and this website provides such a forum.

Plus I would still be sitting on the sidelines if not for the Stop Mo Jams. While neither jam had anything to do with a film I wanted to make it was enough motivation for me to get off my tail and just try something. My plans for my next two practice films were shattered when I lost my day job. However the fire still exists and I hope to animate again soon.

Thank You Mr. Scott for the site.

This place is filled with diamonds! I got first contact with the site in year 2000 while working on my graduation film. And after that I have found solutions to my tricky problems easily from this community.

So humble thanks for keeping it up and running!
-Tatu
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