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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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Ok..  I understand.. and I hope you guys are back to normal soon ..  that’s stressful .. 

Thanks, power came back yesterday finally. 

James Krysa said:

Ok..  I understand.. and I hope you guys are back to normal soon ..  that’s stressful .. 

We lost power as well for a week. Luckily my boss loaned me his generator and a we have a kerosene heater.

I got my basement rearranged during the down time and got my little 2x3 animation table setup. The temp was 47F and I still broke a sweat. Soon the "No Cats Allowed - Door Must Remain Shut at All Times" sign will go up. Cats can't read but the wife can. First up is a candle test using LEDs.

Way to be productive Steve! I couldn't do much with no power, heat or internet. But it only lasted 3 days. I know others who still don't have power!

Steve Copeland said:

We lost power as well for a week. Luckily my boss loaned me his generator and a we have a kerosene heater.

I got my basement rearranged during the down time and got my little 2x3 animation table setup. The temp was 47F and I still broke a sweat. Soon the "No Cats Allowed - Door Must Remain Shut at All Times" sign will go up. Cats can't read but the wife can. First up is a candle test using LEDs.

Great! Definitely onboard - this will probably be my first serious animation! We shall see how it goes. 

I do have a quick question though - Anthony, when you say to use black velvet as background, is this because it gives a "completely black" effect? If I were to use black card or a black cloth for instance, would it also work?

Thanks,

Leonor

Black Velvet works best for creating a completely black environment. Good quality velvet absorbs light and reflections easily. You can also use a card or painted black background but you will have to light your set carefully.

Lavradio said:

Great! Definitely onboard - this will probably be my first serious animation! We shall see how it goes. 

I do have a quick question though - Anthony, when you say to use black velvet as background, is this because it gives a "completely black" effect? If I were to use black card or a black cloth for instance, would it also work?

Thanks,

Leonor

Just got my daughter and her boyfriend to do some 15sec sound clips. So I have great confidence in that momentum to get the ideas rolling. Crossing my fingers. Maybe she'll join with her own anim, could be nice!

Brrr.. tried that - hard to control white balance, my depth of field not reaching the screen, to poor light and lens showed to be a BIG issue. But I too can't wait to be able to do some dynamation!! But it's perfect to make a follow green screen, avoiding a lot of spill.

James Krysa said:

thanks for sharing that with us.. good tips there.. I would definitely need to know that when I try this for myself.. I'm already planning on building a new set up.. 

QUESTION: as an idea.. for a background /  I'm dieing to try rear screen projection at some point,  using a big HD tv / and frame advancing my footage for the actual frames of the stopmotion puppet animation I do .. is that allowed or would that be classed as Pixelation.. 

Question for Anthony -

Music.  Should we include music for our segment, or just sound effects?   Brett McKoy asked if I wanted music, and I said I thought you might prefer to have a single overall music track to unify the pieces.  But maybe not.  Each piece may have its own dramatic beats.  

I am doing a longer stand-alone version (not to be posted until after the Jam is online), looking like about 30 seconds, which I will ask him to do music for.  If it's the right way to go, I'd like to use a shortened version of the music for the 15 second Jam segment as well.  I have managed a cut-down, tightly edited 15 sec version, after blowing out to 22 seconds with my original idea. 

Hi Nick, you are very welcome to add your own music or sound fx for your Jam, as long as you have the rights to them.

Thanks Anthony!  I will record most of my sound effects, but there are a couple of creaking door and gate sounds I downloaded and need to check, in case they are Creative Commons and need Attribution in the credits - there wouldn't be credits after each segment in the Jam. (I think they are public domain but will double check.)  The music will be licensed to me for use in this film.

Anthony Scott said:

Hi Nick, you are very welcome to add your own music or sound fx for your Jam, as long as you have the rights to them.

Not sure if anybody is counting but this is your 98 day warning. I have done NOTHING, for this project yet. Well, I did put up my table and I built a new computer to use for editing and I blacked out my windows but that is all, and I have my idea. I have been thinking about the project for 5 months and it's the thought that counts right?

My plan is to start a blog as a production diary now that my schedule has opened up.

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