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HALLOWEEN is the theme for STOPMO JAM 3. Deadline is SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Get ready for STOPMO JAM 3!

This time the theme is everyone's favorite stopmo time of the year: HALLOWEEN!

So what is a STOPMO JAM?

It is a series of short animated ideas that all relate to the theme. We've done Spring and Run in the past, this time it's Halloween!

Puppets can be made of clay, paper, foam, wire, sand, whichever materials you can utilize to create your design but it must be stop motion animated. Sorry no LEGOs, action figures, toys, or store bought items are allowed UNLESS it is modified (painted, covered with paper or clay, etc). The goal is to make a hand-made experimental film. Stop motion puppets, 2d cutouts, sand, painting, pixelation*, all hand-made animation techniques allowed.

*EDIT: animating your hand interacting with a puppet is ok

Background: A Black Sweep is best but it's ok to build sets and props. For editing purposes, just make sure your first and last frames are completely black. Either your puppet enters and exits a completely black set (simplest way to accomplish this much like STOPMO JAM Spring) or some kind of trick, like the camera zooms into the black eye socket of a skeleton (like we did in Corpse Bride)

Important Technical Requirements!

For your Jam to look its best, please adhere to these guidelines.
Shot Length: 15 seconds maximum

Frame Rate: 24 fps (not 23.96 or 30 or 29.97....24 please!) 
 
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 @ 1920 x 1080
 
Finished Animation: export to Quicktime (H264 is good)
 
Add your own Sound FX. Make sure you have the rights to it. Better yet, record your own! 
DEADLINE is SEPTEMBER 18, 2021. This may seem like a long ways away but for stop motion people, it's just around the corner. Remember, you have to build and animate everything yourself. You could easily spend months just building a puppet. Start thinking of your idea first, once you have nailed it down, get to work. If you have any questions, send me a message thru SMA.com or better yet, reply to this thread. Content must be ok for kids to watch.* I reserve the right not to include your animation if it doesn't fit into these guidelines. Ok go make something!


*EDIT: More about Content. Think about making this fun for all ages. Monsters, ghosts, haunted houses, tricks and treats, spooky creatures all good. Keep a lid on the blood, this is not a slasher horror film. If you have any questions, drop me a note here.

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Thanks for the all the music recommendations. Since then, Don Carlson has offered up a piece he has composed which will play during the End Credits. Also, others have resubmitted their Jams with music added. If this is something you'd like to do, there is still time if you can get it in by this weekend. I aim to wrap up the End Credits this weekend and will send you a Quicktime to double check and make any corrections if necessary. The Final version is scheduled to be online October 10.

Could we have an announcement and maybe an online gathering, for the release party. I would like to know the time of the event, so that I can schedule, I really want to be there :) Dresscode?

Thanks for adding even more pressure! Great idea tho. I will know by the end of this weekend where I am at. Still waiting for 2 late entries. Need to finalize end credits, get final time to Don for end credit music, still working on Head Credits...

Hans Jacob Wagner said:

Could we have an announcement and maybe an online gathering, for the release party. I would like to know the time of the event, so that I can schedule, I really want to be there :) Dresscode?

To Stopmo Jam Halloween Participants: Today I sent each of you a screen grab of your final credit. 3 seconds of your animation will also be included. Message me if you want any changes.

It's looking like the Final Cut should be released on October 10 as planned. I will post a time soon so we can have a Watch Party. Thank you Hans for the idea. But since we are all over the Globe, what is best? Does Noon Pacific Time work for most of you? 

As of today, here is a list of all the participants, 24 total. Great job everyone!

Dawn Brown
Michael Granberry
Marina Lisasuain
Adam Taylor
Ian Barrans
William Pakyntein
Roos Mattar (with Dan Gorosito, Nick Hilligoss)
Felix Kraus (FEX)
Dan Driscoll (and crew)
Peggy Bourgeois and Skip Amey
Patrick Riggle
James Krysa
Inna Gertsberg
Ash Latimer
Ken Tyner
Jason Smith
Olivia Hughes
Simon Tytherleigh
Nick Hilligoss
Antonio Cebrian
Dave Cooley
Hans Jacob Wagner
Don Carlson
Steve Copeland

If you don't see your name on the list and you sent me your Halloween Jam, please message me, it's always possible it got lost in the shuffle. There is still time for me to add it in. A few of you had small technical issues which I addressed in the messages today. Try to send a higher res copy of your Jam if possible. Thanks everyone!

We're so many!

The Watch Party sounds very cool, noon pacific time is good for me :)

noon pacific time works for me

Join us for the Premiere of Stopmo Jam HALLOWEEN this Sunday at Noon (Pacific Time) on the SMA YouTube page and also meet up in the SMA Chat Room for an informal Wrap Party!

Cool - that'll be 9 o'clock in the evening here in Denmark.

But nick - you have to get up early :)

Thanks Hans.  Noon on the 10th, plus 18 hours, um... maths challenged here... plus 12 hours is midnight, plus another 6 hrs is 6 AM on the morning of the 11th.  I will set an alarm!

lol I don't envy your time zone Nick for the event haha..6am on the 11th yeah that's early for you.. it will be for 8pm today here in the U.K.. exciting.. 

Here's some making of my little hero. He's very light, 10 cm in height. 1.25 mm wire, foam clay on a ping-pong ball, polymorph for stiff elements, foam clay, and silk clay with neoprene rubber. Combined weight, approximately 20 grams.

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At some point I will finish my blog but in the meantime here are some views of the set. The glass was $6 at a hardware store and is just normal glass nothing fancy. By accident I was able to animate through a small gap between the glass and the set wall which was much easier then the original plan which was to move a wall each time. The ghost was in his own box and removed the box each time to move him. His sheet is two pieces of cloth glued to aluminum foil and he holds the knives by magnets. He is also on a 3D printed winder and a turntable. The blue tape on the glass is because I hit my head on the corner of the glass on the very first shot. The last photo is of myself. The set needed decoration so I add a photo of the time I went mountain climbing in a bathrobe with a pool cue and my Indiana Jones hat.

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