SCI-FI is the theme for STOPMO JAM 4! We're breaking out the X Files: Aliens! Spaceships! Robots!

So what is a STOPMO JAM?

It is a series of short animated ideas that all relate to the theme. We've done Spring, Run and Halloween thus far. This time, it's Sci Fi!

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.

*animating your hand interacting with a puppet is ok

IMPORTANT: Your Jam must start and end with the camera lens obscured. See this similar idea here in this VIDEO from LAIKA (but it doesn't have to be characters fighting). You just need to cover the camera lens at the start and at the end of your shot. This will help when I edit all the Jams together.  

Once you are completely finished with your Jam, upload it to online storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer and send the link to my INBOX.

If you have any questions, post them below.




Important Technical Requirements!

For your Jam to look its best, please adhere to these guidelines.

Shot Length: up to 20 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 and/or music. Make sure you have the rights to it. Better yet, record your own! 

DEADLINE is now August 21, 2022. 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 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!

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    • Excellent! Definitively I think I will need that option.
    • I know what you mean! This time I will try to come up with something that really is suited to a 15 sec spot. I should have learned something from the last one, where I really was doing something that needed longer, with way too many shots. I did a longer 30 second standalone cut that felt more natural, and even then there were shots I would have done differently if I hadn't been trying to make it fit into 15 seconds.
  • Can't wait! :) Hope I can do better than before. :)
    • I am sure your Jam will be great William. :)
  • I did receive your group email but could not reply, received a message undelivered.
    • Ok thanks that makes sense. When I hit reply, it gives me a do-not-reply email address.
  • There will be some last-minuters however long you give us, but that seems long enough. So, that would make the due date at the start of June. Our group still has work to do on the extended version of Roos and Dan's entry for the last Jam, and I have a couple of other projects on, so I won't be able to use the whole 6 months. That's probably the case with everyone. But depending on the theme and how overcomplicated my idea turns out to be, finding 2 or 3 months within that period should actually be enough.
    • Thanks Nick, I am slammed thru May so maybe mid July deadline?
  • Yay, last one was fun, want to do it again!
  • Oooh, a new jam coming🤗
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STOPMO JAM 4 Behind the Scenes!

Post your behind the scenes photos here. I took a couple of snaps from the Robot Dance Title sequence. I made the puppet out of Sculpey and Armature wire in about a week. Animation took 5 days and Rig removal took about the same. It was very last minute as I was extended on Pinocchio by 6 weeks which cut into my time a bit, but I got 'er done! Please feel free to post your pics and share your experience.

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41 Replies · Reply by Steve Copeland Dec 22, 2022

15 Weeks Left to finish your Stopmo Jam

It's been a little quiet, so I thought I'd check in to see how everyone's progress is going? Need more time or is July 10 still doeable? I am in the final weeks of Animation on Wendell and Wild, so I haven't had time to work on mine, although I usually do the Titles. Anyway, let me know how it's going or if you have any questions.

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24 Replies · Reply by Emily Myers Jun 9, 2022