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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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Cheeky Nick lol ;) can you please accept me as a friend on here.. it was sent before the dinosaurs died out haha

StopmoNick said:


Too true.  :D

"...that was a lie, and she knows it."

Exciting news, lots of lead time for this jam but I am sure I’ll still be working down to the wire!

This looks neat, might actually enter this one. Never had a completely reliable setup before in terms of editing and previewing things, but the new one is ripping fast. It was not expensive at all. Technology is really catching up to our needs these days.

Curious about the 24 FPS requirement...How is an exact frame rate possible when electricity many places still runs at 59.976 hz? Do we have HTML 5 to thank for this? Love the idea of just entering "24". Set it and forget it! As a sometime offline editor, that really simplifies the workflow.

welcome aboard Don.. 

Hi Anthony, Got an idea (even storyboarded it), so count me in for StopMo Jam 3. Finally figured out how to cram it into 358 frames (plus two black ones).

24 fps will make your Jam look its best. I've had submissions in the past at different frame rates and it can affect the speed, it may add or remove frames as it tries to compress it all together in the Edit. Once it is assembled all together as one film, the final video will be at 24 fps. 

I don't know about the 59.976 hz issue. I do know that if you're using Dragonframe, there is a setting for Frame Rate. See below:

Frame Rate button located next to Playback in Animation Window


Click on that button and all the frame rate options open up.

that's awesome, you're way ahead of me!

Dave Cooley said:

Hi Anthony, Got an idea (even storyboarded it), so count me in for StopMo Jam 3. Finally figured out how to cram it into 358 frames (plus two black ones).

Thanks, I need to get better at remembering passwords! And email addresses. And other stuff, but mostly those. :P

James Krysa said:

welcome aboard Don.. 

wow you moving fast Dave.. 



Dave Cooley said:

Hi Anthony, Got an idea (even storyboarded it), so count me in for StopMo Jam 3. Finally figured out how to cram it into 358 frames (plus two black ones).

This is so exciting! This is the first stopmo I've ever participated in and I absolutely love Halloween-- now to start brainstorming some ideas...

I have just finished a project and I am ready to participate in this edition. An interesting idea is already materializing...

Yeah Halloween is the best theme for stop motion. Can't wait to see what everyone dreams up!

Olivia Hughes said:

This is so exciting! This is the first stopmo I've ever participated in and I absolutely love Halloween-- now to start brainstorming some ideas...

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HOW TO SEND IN YOUR HALLOWEEN JAM

When you finish your Jam, upload it to Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer.com or some other online server and send me a link to my Inbox so I can download it. Put your Name and Title in the file name. Send me any additional credits you wish to include.

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This time, the theme is HALLOWEEN. All entries must be submitted by September 18, 2021.

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