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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    • That’s an awesome theme! What a great thing to celebrate too. Sometimes the stars just align.
  • I agree with the comment next to mine; I am fairly new to working with stop motion; even with all my photo, video experience, getting involved and creating almost everything from scratch is pretty challenging; I'm working on my first film and I was late to the Stopmo Jam 4; I've learned from this website's resources, members, forum, links and everything else so much; now, I work with silicon, miniature furniture-making, lighting, an Edelkrone robot, macro photography, making sets, special effects, sound design and so much more. Let's do a funny Jam. let's see how funny we can be using stop motion.
  • 6 to 9 months seems like a good amount of time to me. There will always be some who leave it a bit late or hit unforeseen difficulties, no matter how long. And others (like me this year) who are tied up with other projects and and have to pass, even with a generous amount of time. But the amount of time you've given us for the last couple of Jams seems reasonable for most of us.
    As a theme, Myth or Folk/Fairy Tale would definitely appeal to me and give me a push to create a couple of things I've had on the back burner for ages. Monsters would appeal, too - that could cover Lovecraftian without being too specific.
    • Definitely monsters!
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