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 can't be on the zoom call today so here is a quick update on my progress. The set is at 80%, the puppet and his accessories are finished, one major prop just needs painted and some minor set decorations needs started. I am adding at least two winders to my camera crane contraption and a new base plate. The winders are 3D printed and I will post new pictures when it is complete. My major hurdle right now is weight. My robot with his accessories weighs 300 grams and my modified "helping hands" rig is just not up to the task. I plan to weld a new rig Sunday night to see if I can get it to work better. I also have a new kitten that believes I am making all this for her.
  • Yay, glad to hear of the extension, I am behind due to family matters and teaching myself quitar🙂
  • I'm glad the deadline has moved. I wasn't going to ask but would have gladly second the motion for my time. My puppet is done, my set is half finished and 1 of two props is done. My plan to start filming on May 1st was being pushed back at least a week and now with the new deadline maybe two weeks.
    • Glad it agrees with you. Good luck with the shoot!
  • Phew that's a relief. Husband ruptured his spleen two weeks ago and all sorts of crazy complications have been happening. He was enjoying helping with this so he is happy to know he can just recover and keep going with it.
    • Awesome. Hope he feels better soon.
  • Thanks Anthony.. I'm glad you moved the date forward actually.. I definitely need more time myself.. lots of stuff going on to juggle right now as well as trying to work things out on set..
    • Glad you agree JK!
  • were i have to send it?
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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