Sparky's Saturday Night is based on a short story I wrote years ago called "The electric eel generator." I don't want to give the plot away nor all the details, but this will be the project I will do first instead of B-67 Nightmare. I intended it the other way, but decided it would be easier and more fun to do this story first. Besides, unlike B-67, all the major planning and preproduction is already done for Sparky. All that is needed is to construct Sparky and build his RGB tank.
This film is my tribute to Wallace and Gromet, just one of the many stop-motion films I watched as a little kid.
I'll be adding photos into a new photo album, while I post updates here.
Stay tuned and stay frosty. :)
I think watching one of those films that inspired you to try stop-motion in the first place should come first. Well, second - you need to pop a LARGE bowl of popcorn and crack open a soda FIRST.
Keep a sketch pad and pencils close by, relax and enjoy.
If your project seems like a bit complicated and too much to achieve right now (combined with school work) then reign in your expectations a little, and work on a simpler piece, just to get more experience - and try to have fun with it!
Also try chipping away at one small piece of the big puzzle very day, if your schedule allows - slow and steady is the way to go. Concentrate on your stop motion figure for now.
I am not sure if this advice will really help you that much, but we all hit roadblocks - sometimes of our own making, sometimes from circumstances beyond our control - and all you can do is regroup, reconnect with WHY we do what we do, and forge ahead.
For whatever it's worth, we all go through times like this.
Good luck, mate!
I hit one of those bumps a few weeks ago - my brand new Nikon is down and my filming is on hold until late October - so I will just fine tune my puppets and set.
Take it at your own pace, and just plain have fun with every part of the process!