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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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I really liked how you embraced the classic in-camera fx! And the photo of you is a nice touch as well.

Steve Copeland said:

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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Below are a few behind-the-scenes photos from the title shoot. I wanted to replicate the lost title sequence from Nightmare before Christmas where the Animators used candy corn to create lightning and spell out the credits. (see above) However due to limited space, I had to create miniature candy corn out of Fimo so I could shoot on a small tabletop setup.

Really well done, everyone! It was so much fun to watch. You had my kids frightened, intrigued and giggling and in the end wanting to watch it again.

Hi folks,

Here are some behind the scenes pictures from Alien Abduction.

Great use of colour, Don!  The combination of the colours of the clay and the colours of the light really work together, and enhance your all-clay world. 

I've uploaded Stopmo Jam Halloween to VIMEO. I personally think VIMEO does a better job with their processing. You can download it from there if you want your own copy. Here is the link:

https://vimeo.com/629768873

Here's the making-of for Angler, my sunken pumpkin animation. I think I had as much fun making this...
https://youtu.be/-ixw4dJHfZU

Thanks for posting your Behind the Scenes! Very informative and entertaining.

Aela Wild said:

Here's the making-of for Angler, my sunken pumpkin animation. I think I had as much fun making this...
https://youtu.be/-ixw4dJHfZU

I had to look up what an angler fish is….creepy. Enjoyed your making of, I realized I should have made a making of video when I was animating the last shots. 


Aela Wild said:

Here's the making-of for Angler, my sunken pumpkin animation. I think I had as much fun making this...
https://youtu.be/-ixw4dJHfZU

I just started getting interested in stop motion again after a few years. I wish I particapated in the Halloween Jam. Are there plans for another one in the near future?

I will probably announce another one early next year after I get the site updated. 

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