It's the 30th Anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas! So naturally, Halloween Meets Christmas is the theme for STOPMO JAM 5! Elves Trick or Treating. Werewolves baking Christmas Cookies. Vampires pumpkin caroling. But it's not Tim Burton's vision...It's your take on what would happen if Halloween collided with Christmas. 

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, Halloween and Sci-Fi thus far. 

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, all hand-made animation techniques allowed. No transitions this time, I will take care of it.

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, 30 or 29.97

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 October 15, 2023. 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. Grab a calendar and plan out a schedule. Give yourself several deadlines to stay on track.

If you have any questions, send me a message thru SMA.com 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. Go animate!

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  • Here are links to the finished STOPMO JAM 5.

    Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/882044689

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF57zP8xYR4
  • Hey, the Jam turned out really awesome!! Looking forward to the next one!
  • Editing is wrapping up on STOPMO JAM 5! Join us here for the premiere this FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 8PM (Pacific Time) I will post the link on the Main Page / Right Hand Column where the Stopmo Jams are listed.
  • Here is the final list of entries for STOPMO JAM 5 Halloween/Christmas Jam. Please check your credits and get back to me with any corrections and/or changes by 10/25. I aim to publish the finished video sometime after 10/27.

    Merry X-mas from the Ghouls!
    By: Wayne and Emily
    Music and Special effects from Apple Loops

    Zombie Christmas
    Set, Props, Puppets and Sound FX by Herb Fabits

    Music: Jingle Bells (Public Domain)
    Piano: Samuel L. Fabits

    Junk Drawer
    Set, story and puppets by Mathew Lott

    Animation and Sound by Yonus Ford
    Royalty free music from Epicmicsound.com

    Main Pumpkin
    Thomas Piotrowski

    Pumpkin Boy
    Kirsten Meinert
    Sounds from Freesound and Creative Commons

    Merry Krampus
    Puppets and Animation - Nick Hilligoss
    Music - Kevin Macleod
    “Thatched Villagers” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    Christmas Stalking
    Don Carlson

    A Krampus Carol
    Vanessa Lussier aka Modern Medusa

    Frank n Santa
    Malleus Clay

    Halloween Hollow
James Krysa
    Additional Animation (bird/signpost) by Nick Hilligoss
    Voice of Munchkin: Jemma Krysa
    Sounds: Freesound and FCP

    Between Seasons
    Idea and Animation by Phoenix Rose
    Puppets by KnottieTawnie
    Voice Acting by William Seo and Morgan Versluys
    Music: Good Morning Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip (Public Domain 1918) by Eugene Buckley and Peerless Quartet 
  • JAM 5 update: I'll be cutting in the final late Jam this weekend and posting the Credits on Sunday. Please check your credit for spelling and content. I hope to post the final video sometime next week.
    • So cool that someone else decided to do a Krampus theme! My credits are actually "A Krampus Carol" by Vanessa Lussier AKA Modern Medusa. That is my YouTube channel.
    • Once I thought of Krampus as a character from a Christmas tradition that looks more like he belongs in Halloween, he seemed like the perfect crossover. I wondered how many others might have that same thought. Looking forward to seeing what you did with your Krampus, Vanessa!
    • Thank you for creating STOPMO JAM and everything you do to support the art.
    • It was great! Thanks for doing this Stopmo Jam!!
    • Thank you so much for hosting it 🌟 it was a lot of fun and felt like.a really good reminder to get at least one small animation done for me. I found it super helpful. 🎃
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