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Harryhausen 100 tribute
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Today is the centenary of Ray Harryhausen's birth, so I've done a short animated tribute.  Last time, for his 90th, I focussed on the Cyclops in 7th Voyage (Walking the Walk).   This time I picked an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Riccardi Oct 5, 2020.

1 minute film finished
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I just posted what was meant to be an entry for the One Minute Film Club (FB group) which gives you a little less than a month from the time you get the new theme until the deadline.  Not…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greyguy Apr 26, 2020.

Charlie Kaufman on Stop Motion Animators
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Beautifully said.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Will Tebo Jan 6, 2016.

Jim Danforth Vol 2 out now!
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Woo Hoo!  I just put in my order for Vol 2 of Jim Danforth's autobiography, published by Archive Editions.  It is published on a CD rather than as a printed book, which I would have preferred, but it…Continue

Tags: Timegate, Caveman, trickfilm, motion, Stop

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Krysa May 7, 2017.


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Stopmo Jam 3 getting started!

I'm definitely going to participate in the Halloween themed StopmoJam 3.  

I ditched my first idea, might do it as a standalone 1 minute film one day, but not for this. And now I have something simpler and suited to the 15 sec maximum I think.  Started by making a couple of props, typical halloween decorations, to go either side of a door. So I can post pics and it won't give much away.  (Also I could change my mind and still maybe be able to use them.)

This one is just a…


Posted on February 3, 2021 at 11:12pm — 14 Comments

First blog post

So, looks like any member can have a blog here!

If I were blogging, maybe I would say how I finished my part of the animation on a short film by Isabel Peppard called Butterflies, and link to her production blog...

So if that worked, it should be a link.

Trying something else - A Direct link to a time lapse video posted on a page of the butterflies blog.…


Posted on June 9, 2012 at 2:21am — 24 Comments

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At 5:22am on May 9, 2017, Michael Hulas said…

Hey Nick, I just found your U-tube channel and I almost spit out my coffee laughing so hard at the video you made of the latex hands, and the puppet of Bin Laden. Great tutorial, and totally halarious. And also I hope you except my invitation. Mike.

At 3:26am on January 28, 2016, Adam Dowling said…

Hi sorry to pester you, but I would really appreciate your help. I have you seen you help so many many people on this site over the years, but I have a really confusing problem. I have been doing stop motion for many years now, but only since last year have I tried to make it a profession, but one thing in stopping my work looking professional is the bad flickering in my films. I’ve tried everything. Im using a canon, so I decided to buy a high quality Nikon lens adapter, so I can mount the older style manual aperture lens. I then bought a older style manual Nikon lens, to override the the aperture, but I still have the exact same flickering! It really doesn’t make sense and I have tried nearly everything. Do you any suggestions , thanks for your time I really appreciate it.

Also here is my setup:


  • Using Dragon Frame
  • Using Dedolights
  • Using a canon E0S 600d, with very pricey Novoflex adapter E0S/ NIK NT
  • Using a Nikon manual aperture 55mm Macro lens
  • Wearing black clothing
  • Room with no other light coming through over than dedolights.
At 6:56pm on June 6, 2014, Daniel Freire said…

 Hi Nick Hilligoss! My name is Daniel, I'm from Curitiba - Brasil. I'm a big admirer of your job. I'm working now with stop motion and your jod is a great reference for me! Sorry for my bad english. By

At 7:01am on April 15, 2014, Metalmadcat said…

Hi Nick, don´t mean to bother. just so you know I left you a private message on monday, I´d be very thankful if you could reply whenever is possible. Thanks.

At 1:23pm on August 26, 2013, Cait said…

Hi Nick.  Your puppets all look great!  I am interested in making a latex puppet, but it's a creature and doesn't have the luxury of hiding aspects of it's creation with clothes.  This is my first time attempting a latex puppet.  I was searching online for good sources for really in depth instruction.  Would you know of any books that cover the topic in detail?  I sent a friend request to message you this question, but then realized I could just comment it.  Anyway, much appreciated.  Be well!

At 10:03am on June 19, 2013, RastaByDay NinjaByNight said…

accept my request, i'm a 13 yr old animator and you inspire me.

At 12:52pm on May 20, 2013, RastaByDay NinjaByNight said…

You are the best, you are an inspirartion to me. Please accept my request that i sent you 3 months ago

At 5:34pm on May 5, 2013, Nadia said…

Hi Nick, I wanted to thank you for your tutorials.  They really are the best sources around for puppet fabrication, especially for beginners like me.  So, again, thank you!

At 11:29am on April 14, 2013, RastaByDay NinjaByNight said…

Hi, i'm currently making a Life sized realistic, raptor head puppet for stop motion, that involves recycled cushion foam, Aluminium wire(for the armature frame) glue, plywood, liquid latex, screws, washers, and paint, do you think that all purpose glue will be good for sticking the foam to the wire and the plywood? P.S You're awesome, and my project is inspired by the building of your amazing Dragon head puppet. I will post the finished project, and and animation to go with it, on your page. I hope you read this and i hope you enjoy the results.

At 10:50am on September 5, 2012, Justin said…
Just wanted to say thanks for the info.. It was helpfull.

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