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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.

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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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    • Slow. All I have accomplished are spreadsheet plans and watching Nightmare Before Christmas again. The 100 day mark was to be my official start of working on character sheets and foam board proxy pieces. My schedule says I have plenty of time still. haha
  • 4 months away from the Deadline. How's it going? Any updates?
    • Had an idea I hated then finally last month a new idea that I love. The plan is to officially start puppet building next month and maybe get a live action reference this month.
    • Ideas take time to percolate and then, if I am in the right headspace, I can sometimes close my eyes and see the whole thing animated instantaneously. Of course then I have to replicate it thru animation.
    • Professionnal projects are kinda taking time, we are not sure wee'll made something in time t.t But we weren't expecting it because we are new here. If we miss it this year, we'll surely be on track for the next one !!
    • Same boat here, I will have to come up with a simple idea, set, puppet etc. I am working on a professional project into Nov/Dec 2023.
    • In previous SMJs, I've had ideas and good intentions, but never made it. This time I have an idea, good intentions AND an armature and props under construction. Fingers crossed, lol!
    • Coming up with a good idea is the hardest part sometimes, but yes it does take time to build everything. Good luck!
  • No idea.... yet. but as always I am in.
  • 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.
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