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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  • I have an idea for a Christmas theme, but I can't figure out how to get Halloween in there as well, it's already a mashup with Xmas and one other element. But I'll keep thinking about it.
    • There has to be a way to make it work. It can be subtle.
  • Sounds great and like alot of fun... already started working on something...
    • Excellent!
  • I'm excited! :) Can't wait! I have a bunch of ideas for this year's Stop Mo Jam! :)
    • Can't wait to see your ideas realized!
  • Pefect, i'M in....
    • Happy Animating!
  • Hey ! Thanks for organizing that ! Really hyped.
    By the way, What do you mean by "No transition" ? I don't get it. Does it mean : only one shot ?
    • Good question. In past Jams, there were certain requirements to make the cut between each Jam smoother, like the character had to enter frame at the beginning and exit at the end. Or the camera had to be obscured at the beginning and end. I don't want people to worry about these parameters. I would just like to see some funny ideas with the Halloween/Christmas mashup. I'll come up with a way to cut from one Jam to the other.
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