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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Joseph McCarthy's discussion Feedback on Video
"Looks great! Lighting is nice. Have a look at Guldies YouTube channel for some amazing clay blob videos. He also does some tutorials."
1 hour ago
Dave Cooley posted a blog post

SMJ3: Set construction

Though having a set is not required for StopMo Jam, I am using one that will be part of a larger production later. But it wasn't built yet, so here's how I did it:Pete Ellis also shared some more ideas on set construction here recently.See More
5 hours ago
CWPetesch posted a blog post

Project Retro Rex Update 2

Made the proper skin texture and some tweaks to the design, and due to the modifications, this Puppet will be 1:12 Scale.See More
7 hours ago
Antonio J. Cebrián replied to Antonio J. Cebrián's discussion The Making of "Contubernio Ominoso" part 3 (Papercraft)
"Yes, it saved me an important time compared to making them from other materials."
10 hours ago
Greyguy replied to Emily Myers's discussion Ghost Girl Armature
"nice armature"
10 hours ago
Spy Films posted a video

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Feedback on Video 1 Reply

I have created another video, I feel that I have solved my light flicker issue and been careful with my shadows. But I would generally like some feedback on this video and suggestions on where I can improve. My Medium for this video was Play Doh, used Dragon Frame at 15FPS. I will continue to use this thread to ask for feedback on my videos as for some reason I wasn't able to edit my previous thread. I don't want to clutter the forum up. Thanks in Advance.JoeContinue

Started by Joseph McCarthy in BEGINNERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 1 hour ago.

The Making of "Contubernio Ominoso" part 3 (Papercraft) 2 Replies

An interesting discovery to apply in stop motion films: "Papercraft"It offers several advantages and a peculiar aesthetic that can be attractive for certain projects. In third part of the "making of Contubernio Ominoso" I show papercraft elements developed for the film.Continue

Tags: condeboris, plastilina, papercraft, Puppet, Putty

Started by Antonio J. Cebrián in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Antonio J. Cebrián 10 hours ago.

Ghost Girl Armature 1 Reply

A side project to my other side project.  I've cast her and now on to seaming!  My friend Katy let me use her mold, so there's a lot of work cut out of the entire project.  I'm making some fan art from the illustrator Rachel Winkle's work.Continue

Started by Emily Myers in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 10 hours ago.

Newbie Alert! Computer drive full - Dragonframe 4 9 Replies

I am not the sharpest tool in the shed in regards to computers and this is my very first project.The software is DragonFrame 4.I made the mistake of installing it in my old laptop (5 years old) in C drive that is now full. I am half way my project (1500 pictures so far).   The D: drive has lots of space.  I even have a very large and empty external drive available.How do I make DF4 and my project to work out of the empty drive without losing what I have done so far?While we are at it, let me…Continue

Tags: 4, Dragonframe

Started by EhPilit in BEGINNERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday.

Hi. Anyone running Dragonframe on Mac OS Catalina? 12 Replies

Hi. Anyone running Dragonframe on Mac OS Catalina? If so, what camera do you recomend? After a decade of shooting all I do using only the camera display, no computer attached, i finally decided it was time to join the 21st century. I just bought a  macbook, got Dragonframe yesterday, and then ... It turns out my old Canon 5D Mk II is no longer supported by Catalina. wtfContinue

Started by gustavo arteaga in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by gustavo arteaga yesterday.

Please Introduce Yourself 604 Replies

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

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Ed Haddaway on Saturday.

Can this Extraterrestrial footage be stop motion? 5 Replies

Hey All!I'm a filmmaker researching the authenticity and provenance of this footage: was published in May of 2011, so DragonFrame could have been used. I have postulated that it could be a modified "Mars Attacks" (that was unused in final production) puppet originally made by Mackinnon & Saunders.I have determined that the filmic FX, and timecode were added later using BorisFX Sapphire and Consolas…Continue

Tags: hoax, alien, UFO

Started by Brooklyn Robot in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday.

Stop motion animation internship in Freiburg, Germany 4 Replies

Hi!we´re looking for 1-2 interns for our stop motion studio. You don't have to be a pro but interested in all sorts of topics around stop motion animation and film. The internship will be 3-6 months long and is unfortunately not paid. To make up for that we guarantee you quite some time to work on your personal projects. We have lots of space and ressources to realize all sorts of ideas. We can also help you find a room here in Freiburg.Here is our ad in German maybe just let it run through…Continue

Tags: internship

Started by Onimotion Studio in WORK OPPORTUNITES. Last reply by Onimotion Studio on Friday.

Voice Recording 13 Replies

Hello Guys! I'm trying to make a stop-motion film for You Tube, and I'm new to recording voice over. Do you guys have any recommendations on what kinds of recording equipment i should use? What kind of Mic I should use, what should the specs be? Also, any other equipment I need?Continue

Tags: Recording, Voice-Over

Started by Joe (Dinoman217) in SOUND. Last reply by Daisy Chan on Friday.

Magnetic tie downs - Steel sheet for stage? 2 Replies

Hi Everyone,I’m currently just shopping around for the best solutions for me to make an animation stage for my steel footed puppets. I wanted to go down the magnet tie down method for my puppets as I feel it would give me more freedom to move about on stage without having to worry about drilling holes correctly, not to mention I don’t think I could get away with drilling constantly whilst living in a flat! I would be chased out of town with torches and pitchforks.I looked online and could see…Continue

Started by Andrew Skelton in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick on Thursday.

Blog Posts

SMJ3: Set construction

Posted by Dave Cooley on March 8, 2021 at 9:19pm

Project Retro Rex Update 2

Posted by CWPetesch on March 8, 2021 at 7:34pm

Project Retro Rex Update

Posted by CWPetesch on March 3, 2021 at 12:43am

SMJ3: What was I thinking?

Posted by Dave Cooley on March 1, 2021 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

More Progress - Head & Tail

Posted by CWPetesch on February 28, 2021 at 2:30am


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ANIMATOR TALK experienced animators
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