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

Your Jam must start and end with the camera lens obscured. Example: your character is super close to the camera, (the first frame can be black or in shadow, etc) then your character quickly pulls away, continue with your performance and then to close, your character kicks toward the camera, covering the lens. This is just a simple example, I am sure you can think of something much more clever! Just make sure your start and end frame both cover up the lens. This will help when I edit all the Jams together.  

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 JULY 10, 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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  • 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🤗
  • Join this group to discuss the next Stopmo Jam. Theme will be announced January 1, 2022.
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