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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    • Just watched it - yes, I can picture it, great simple idea! I keep trying to tell a more complicated story and then can't fit it into the 15 or 20 seconds, your idea is more what the Jam needs. I'm halfway through the puppet and set building on mine.
  • I have the idea. i have the animated storyboard. where i scan share fo feedbacks? In my profile?
  • I'm trying to tell more of my animation friends to try and animate. A lot of them didn't know about Stop mo Jam and now would love to join.
  • I struggled for a while with just a Christmas idea, putting in Halloween didn't add anything to the concept, just a pointless diversion that would put it over the 20 sec time limit... and I was stuck on that. Then a couple of days ago I had a completely new idea that might work. It's getting a bit late to start, considering the 3 new puppets and new set needed, but I think I can do it if I get to work right now. Hmmm, 79 days to go... Yep, going for it.
    Bravo Kirsten for actually submitting your segment already! The still photo of pumpkinhead and worm looks great so I'm really looking forward to seeing the animation.
    • Thank you, that's super kind! The only reason i was able to submit early is because my set up is very simple though, im sure it wont even compare to what youre cooking up. My animation is rough around the edges but im trying to improve and learn :) Best of luck, im sure your segment will turn out great!
  • I actually submitted something aah. Exciting but im also a little worried it wont be good enough. Crossing my fingers for everyone :o
    • It's awesome! I love it! I'll start my animation late August.
    • You don't' have to worry Kirsten, it looks awesome!
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