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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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Getting the idea can be the hard part!  Sounds like you are pretty much ready to start the puppet and set making part.  3 months is not bad.  

I agree with Nick, if you've settled on an idea, it's time to run with it! Sept. 18 is only 3 months away.

yeah the rear screen t.v projection technique seems to gone out the window now..  and Steve I know what your saying.. I haven't actually come up with a solid idea either, I thought I knew what I was going to do but I realise it's beyond my technical skill set right now.. I need to keep it simple.. and I have been spending all this time getting my room ready.. I spent a month building a light gantry, a month building the set.. and I guess another month or whatever black-out the room.. had this theatrical flat black matt paint from FLINTS in London.. I was almost going to go for the BLACK 3.0 from Stuart guy.. super expensive.. I have been looking at different backdrop clothes.. like velvet and other clothes.. I have a few samples.. but still haven't decided which ones's best.. I'm still waiting for my metal tube to come back for my roller units to hand the cloth... I bought an electric sit / stand table for the MacBook, t.v. mount etc for the animation.. just trying to get the room ready, but my focus definitely switched from doing this to the garden lol.. my head is focussed on doing my garden.. but I release the time is ticking on.. and time is running out for the halloween deadline... so I should start.. I have been doing animation tests on the puppet and movement.. I realise now that I'm not really ready to do this project.. but I just have to do my best see what I can come up with.. I still have so much more work to do in that room, you identify faults as you go along right.. and it is nice to correct each problem as you see it.. before moving on.. but there's certain things I should just let slide now and move onto what I need to do.. like the roller units they can wait.. it was for the green screen really.. although I still have to black out my window.. maybe a roller blind will be best for now.. I did try and get black velvet curtains and a pole but the ones I've seen on amazon are all shit.. they not what they appear to be.. after reading the reviews.. and flints would probably charge me hundreds to have a black out curtain for that whole wall.. it's too much.. I found out my camera too expensive to repair..so I either take the plunge now and buy maybe the eos RP or the S1.. it's all down to whether I want that increased live view.. would I even benefit having the 1280 x 1040 was it if I'm using an LG 28" t.v.. as my viewing monitor... the camera guy said I should go for the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 but I don't know.. maybe I should just look for a cheap used camera off eBay.. 

Hello there, Anthony. 

Quick hypothetical questions that come to mind:

If the entry could be made by more than one person (that is to say collaboratos joining forces to prepare the entry) would this affect the time length recquired for the entry (15 seconds) or would it be 15 seconds for each collaborator?

Also one more important questions,

If one of the members may have already submitted his own entry, could this same member be a collaborator in someone else´s collaboration entry? 

Please let me know as soon as possible, just to be sure I follow your guidelines accordingly.

Thanks in advance!

If you want to collaborate on a JAM that is fine, but please keep it to 15 seconds.

If you want to collaborate on another JAM after submitting your own, that is fine.

Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck with your JAM!



Metalmadcat said:

Hello there, Anthony. 

Quick hypothetical questions that come to mind:

If the entry could be made by more than one person (that is to say collaboratos joining forces to prepare the entry) would this affect the time length recquired for the entry (15 seconds) or would it be 15 seconds for each collaborator?

Also one more important questions,

If one of the members may have already submitted his own entry, could this same member be a collaborator in someone else´s collaboration entry? 

Please let me know as soon as possible, just to be sure I follow your guidelines accordingly.

Thanks in advance!

That clarifies quite well, Anthony. Thank you so much for you quick response. I will see what I can do with my entry Jam-like for your JAM!

Anthony Scott said:

If you want to collaborate on a JAM that is fine, but please keep it to 15 seconds.

If you want to collaborate on another JAM after submitting your own, that is fine.

Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck with your JAM!



Metalmadcat said:

Hello there, Anthony. 

Quick hypothetical questions that come to mind:

If the entry could be made by more than one person (that is to say collaboratos joining forces to prepare the entry) would this affect the time length recquired for the entry (15 seconds) or would it be 15 seconds for each collaborator?

Also one more important questions,

If one of the members may have already submitted his own entry, could this same member be a collaborator in someone else´s collaboration entry? 

Please let me know as soon as possible, just to be sure I follow your guidelines accordingly.

Thanks in advance!

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