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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  • I'm kind of new to this, but I have dabbled in stop motion before. It looks like others have brought this up, but my question is, is it okay to use 3D printing. I'm a CAD disigner and my wife got me a 3D printer for christmas. The requirements say everything has to be hand made. All the 3D prints I use woould be my own design so I hoped that would qualify. This will be my fist serious attemt at stop motion and was looking forward to joining the next jam.
    • I found out on my last stop mo jam film that resin 3D printing and platinum cure silicone does not work very well together. The resin causes the silicone to not cure. I have had recent success using PLA filament molds and platinum cure silicone. I have used PLA printed items in my last three jams. All designed by me in Blender or at least heavily modified creative commons files.
    • 3D print is ok if it is your design.
  • a question. Once the video is finished and sent, can it still be published on my usual channels or do I have to wait for the general video to be completed?

    And the author of the music, how can I insert it in the credits of the general film? (if you can do it)
    • Hi Pietro, yes you can publish your animation whenever you like. As for the credits, including music, that will be placed at the end of the presentation.
  • Question for the group - I am too new to know the protocol in regards to how this plays out as a group. Do we grab the subject and then we all stick to our reclusive idiosyncratic hermiting and dash off to our caverns to make our efforts into reality, or should we share progress and aspects of it as it unfolds? More in the light of sharing, I am not after praise, per sé, but we may end up collectively building up steam to July.
    • Some do, some don’t, it’s all up to you :)
    • Well, yes, with the understood option to do so, ha ha! I plan to attempt to take 3D printing and apply it into the workflow if I can pull it off.
    • That will be interesting, James. I have done some 3D prop printing for videos. What are you planning to use t for?
    • Greetings sir! Well, aside from the maquette and actual small props, I am going to see if I can print a test mould for boots and see what happens. Direct from printer to making boots. But I am going to order some flexible resin and see if I can get some good results for that as well. PS- Posted a new pic for the progression so far.
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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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