Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.

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Howdy howdy! I'm Northern California-based, trained as an artist and illustrator, trained people in digital imaging, did years in VFX (compositing) and motion graphic design, and decades in interactive, and a love for Eastern European animation has drawn me to try my hand at it (a recent visit to Tippett Studios and seeing the progress on Mad God Part 3 was a huge driver to try it out). I'm starting with animating found objects and moving into more character-based work. Even my background in wargaming miniature painting has helped propel me towards this particular craft. Not sure where it's leading, nor do I much care, because it's a fascinating discipline and a whole set of related-but-new challenges I've not had to contend with. 

Always learning,

Hi, my name is Ilena I'm an artist and sculptor who has always loved the art of stop motion and have been working on my own puppets and soon SM shorts. 


Hi, my name is Kat! I'm a stop motion student in San Francisco, CA. I have a background in theatre, mainly carpentry and scenic painting, but I'm learning everything I can in regards to puppet making and animation, but my main interest is set building and painting for stop-mo sets. I'm so happy to have found a whole online community with tons of tips and advice! 

Hello everyone!

I'm a recent college grad who majored in Communications but ended up wanting to do animation right after college (poor planning). I've been reading up a lot and want to start making more animations. In high school, I made a couple hand-drawn animations, and in college I made a couple stop-motions. But anyway, I find this site an incredible, inspiring resource!

Hope you're all doing well!

Several years ago, I built a marble track (rolling ball sculpture) out of popsicle sticks, and someone asked how I made it. I decided to let some characters build a new marble track as the answer to his question.

This is not the first time I have started the project.. one time I moved in the middle of the project and ended up losing the scene, frames, etc.

Now I own the house where I've restarted the project, so hopefully I will finish this time!

Previous attempt (lost to time):

New video, so far should link to the latest video in my project!

If the project moves along for a while, I will end up looking for people to help add voices / music / maybe some CGI to replace the blue background??

Peter Olschner said:

If you want to watch my first project, here is the link:

Such a great story!  Seemingly so simple but suddenly becomes a great question of morality. Nice work.

Hi I'm Mike. I tinkered with stop motion when I was a high school filmmaker.

I think it's the most interesting form of animation to me, inspired by animators like Don Hertzfeldt, Peter Chung, Bruce Timm and Brendon Small also David Firth and Oney.

It's Such A Beautiful Day and The Nightmare Before Christmas would be the big ones for me.

I'm currently writing an action/drama/fantasy about supernatural beings. I'm also writing other things. But this is the script that I want to make myself. It's a feature. I'll probably start with a few shorts and see how I go.

I'm 35 and I live in New Zealand.

I'm a game designer learning python, construct 2 and unity.

Also a writer for about 21yrs with major manuscripts. And I've made live action films before. I have a degree in screenwriting and a level 6 diploma in cartooning. Learning photoshop and 3DCAD in my spare time. I also write short stories, tv, theatre, game narratives, song lyrics, short novels and young adult novels. As well as obviously screenplays and short films.

I manage a small arts team and next year I aim to manage a small website. I think stop motion animation is the coolest thing you can do so much with it and it's a beautiful art form. I also have 3 blogs btw. So yea I like to keep busy. I don't have kids and I'm single. but hopefully I'll get published, make some money and that will change.

Hello everyone! 

I'm a model maker from Montreal, Canada. I thought I'd share my new portfolio here:

Also, I'm looking forward to participate in the next StopMo Jam!

Hi everyone, my name is Ruth and I am from Leyton in East London. I've been lurking on this site for a few years now but i'm a bit rubbish at interacting, sorry!

Lovely to read all your stories! Here's mine...

I got into stop-motion while at University. I took a course in traditional (mostly hand-drawn) animation but we did a stop-mo project in year 2 and I was instantly hooked. I've always loved animation and building/making things and something just clicked. 

After Uni, I got a day job doing admin at a record label. I was always talking about animation to my colleagues and after they saw some of my work they asked me to make a music video for one of their bands. I went on to make a few more for them and then some other labels too.

I really loved working there but I wanted to do more animation (and less book-keeping) so I quit and went freelance doing waitressing/bar work part-time. 

Since then i've been freelancing as an animator and managed to get part-time jobs as an artist assistant and architectural model-maker which is awesome, but I only do it to feed my stop-mo habit ha ha! It definitely is an addiction :-S

BTW is anyone here based in London? I would love to work on collaborations, organise meet-ups and screenings in the future.

Cheers people!

Hello fellas.

I have always liked plastic arts, painting, etc. Also cinema. When a child I loved plasticine. So now... my elder son is 3 years and I started to make some films for him... just 20-30 secs. He loved it!, so, now.... i decided to go further and enjoy the art deeply. I bougth few sets of lego, and I ll try to do some war footage.. 

So, I ll try to start with easy things, and getting into the thing, lights, software, edition, etc. 

So, hello to all and I ll probably post with questions soon!

  1. Hi to all. I have always loved animation, especially stop motion. With having very little money one would expect me to to use what I had but being 54 I know although a bad workman always blames his tools it is still best to get the best you can hope for. Lol. I received stop motion pro from my wife a few years ago now and have since bought a Nikon and a manual lens so i could get live view plus decent film if I intend to go a bit further. I made a wire armature using milliput and putting the tie down nuts in the feet. Me and my five year old son have been using this and other things like stikbots etc as well as multiplane and other types of animation. I have just got a stop motion pro steel armature and rig and am waiting on a pro stage. I toyed with the idea of making all of the things but decided that in the great scheme of things it would be better to go this way. Plus my little lad ends up with fairly good gear if he decides to go any further with it. I have been watching tutorial videos on more or less anything and everything to do with stop motion. I have been doing a bit about cameras for my interest in photography plus that leads to lighting obviously which will be useful. I play quite a few instruments and have a bit of a studio in the same room I use for animating. Hopefully this will be used for my background music and narration. The plus side of having to wait for my products is that I am also quite anul so don't mind doing the same things over and over again. I have spent most of my time just trying walks. I certainly wont be trying to run before that, pardon the pun. I am pretty useless on forums. I never intend to offend but sometimes do by asking something already asked for or being off thread sort of thing.. So if any of this happens(I really hope it doesn't as I'm sure you all do also) could a polite reminder be put forward with a useful discription  of what I should have done. Once explained it won't happen again but if it did then you are in your rights to remind me and tell me where to go. I would love to see anybody's work as I enjoy it and know even if it's not a high standard the work has probably been put in.

Hi John thanks for talking about your exploration. I too am keen to start out with stop motion animation, I'm 36 and was starting to think I'm too oid to learn new tricks. I'm also trying machinima and adobe after effects. But I have a very patient and logical mind and coming from a background of learning computer programming as well as a writing background, I think stop motion might be a good way to go. I haven't bought any gear yet. Can you advise where to get the good stuff (not too expensive, but not "for kids") I'm also interested in clay sculpting so would like to build my own puppets.

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