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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  • WOOOHOOO!! So jazzed!! Too funny, had Earth vs the Flying Saucers on the toob last night, sober and tinkering. Oh man, this is going to be so fun! Thank you!!
    • Glad you are excited about the theme. I think we'll get some awesome Jams!
  • I had hoped for an ekstra five sec. Found that even when stripping a scene down to the very basic I ended up having to cut frames off all natural poses. I found the time given to short for the effort of any emotional acting or drama. And with all the work you have to put into it, you should be given the time to make a scene work as you want. I'm sure that it wouldn't scare of any viewers. I even think that commercial slots are measured in 20 sec airtime. Just a thought !!
    I love the theme - but it's really hard not to think of superimposed live action implementation. 🤣
    • Yeah ok, I’ll add an ‘up to 20 seconds’ option. Remember, the goal is to keep it simple.
    • 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.
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