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‘In the Shadows of Light’ Web Series Documentary – Stop Motion

October 6, 2014

It has been 4 years ago now, that John Ikuma of ‘Stop Motion Magazine’ wanted to produce a documentary, originally about the L.A. underground stop motion scene. At that time, many moons ago John went with Indie-gogo for a very modest crowd funding goal of only $ 2000. LOL … that may now be considered chump change! Do you see what today’s crowd funding projects are asking for now?? :o I would be in the poorhouse if I donated to all of them … but I digress!

Anyway … due to the interruptions & vicissitudes of ‘Life’ that all of us confront regularly, John regrettably had to delay his documentary. The good news though, John decided to take the project in a different direction and it has evolved into a web series documentary. I believe, but I am not sure … what John has already filmed, will be about 4 installments for the web series. I would encourage John, to maybe not conclude ‘In the Shadows of Light’ web series and it perhaps it could be an ongoing series with random episodes. John’s work with Stop Motion Magazine, does interviews, travels, visits studios, etc. So maybe an opportunity that this docu-style web series might be an extension or supplement to SMM?

Episode 001 is now available for your viewing assimilation. I like the low key documentary style. No over narration or over-production. Basically, the audience are visitors & observers. Be sure to let John know that you appreciate ….

LINKS: 4 Years ago – Indie-gogo, In the Shadows of Light & Stop Motion Works news post – John Ikuma’s Stop Motion Magazine

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Films - Shorts - Animation, Stop Motion | No Comments »

Old School ‘Front Projection’ Special Effects

October 6, 2014

Nice video clip below, summarizing and explaining the principle. Special reflective screen required behind the puppets, actors, or sets. From the front you project image. In the camera, the projected image is combined with the puppets or live action. Years ago a company that specialized in this called Introvision. One of a number of movies front screen projection was used, ‘Outland’ (1981). Ray Harryhausen used rear projection background image to combine puppets & miniatures. The image is projected behind the screen.With front projection is projected from the front. FP has also been used in past stop motion animations.

In my semi-older youth days in the 1980’s, I did design & build a front screen projection system for animation but never fully used it due to personal interruptions in ‘life’ I still have most of the FP system in storage including the now hard to obtain & maybe rare 3M Scotchlite FP Screens, sized for miniature stop motion stage work. With the newer digital cameras now having much exposure range like film cameras, I am guessing Front Projection could still be used. In the clip here, they quickly demonstrate which was shot with digital camera

LINKS: Front Projection - Introvision F Proj. not totally dead? Used in Still Photography

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‘Capsule’ indie sci-fi short produced by Spielberg

September 23, 2014

This is stop motion Sci-Fi short. Its aesthetic style will be homage to space films of 1960’s and sci-fi films of 1970’s. They want to utilize special effects keeping it as traditional as possible. As far as I know, no live action and the characters will be stop motion animated.

They are close to their goal of $10,000. They need to reach it in 20 HOURS by Wednesday, Sep 24 2014 4:58 PM pacific coast USA time. If not, all donations so far will be lost. Why does Kickstarter create such ridiculous pressure like that? All or nothing? Again, I advise any of you filmmakers, artists, creatives, etc. … to shop around if there are perhaps alternative crowd-funding services that are not so restrictive.

I stated in title Spielberg will be the producer. Yes, that is true and I am not lying … Adam Spielberg is doing the producing tasks ;) And of course the other primary crew member on this animated project is Josh Mahan who is the brainchild & director of ‘Capsule’.

CAPSULE at Kickstarter

NOTE: Stop Motion Works is selective in posting crowd-funding projects. We are not able to post all the requests seeking donations. Also, our suggestion … perhaps consider an alternative to Kickstarter which I already posted reasons why. If we are not able to post or endorse your crowd funding campaign …. you can personally post your project here on Stop Motion Works facebook page. Our staff usually reviews all posts/comments. We thank you for your understanding :mrgreen:

Topics: Films - Shorts - Animation, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | 1 Comment »

Guillermo Del Toro endorses makers of ‘Revoltoso’

September 13, 2014

Revoltoso is a grass roots effort by a Latino group producing an indie stop motion animated short. They are attempting to get additional funding through Kickstarter. Their goal $44,000. and I believe, they have close to $40,000. however their Kickstarter DEADLINE date ENDS tomorrow, SEPTEMBER 14. As usual with Kickstarter, if one does not reach the financial goal, ALL donations are LOST. I have always DISLIKED & never approved of Kickstarter harsh crowd-funding model … but I digress.

For the Revoltoso indie project, what is rare in my opinion … a mainstream player in the movie biz, Guillermo Del Toro was quoted as supporting the efforts of this Latino filmmaking group.

Guillermo Del Toro talks about Revoltoso/Cinema Fantasa

As far as I know, you do NOT see much of this from Lucas, Speilberg, Cameron, and other cinema celebrity or industry influentials. The mainstream movie biz is a cash cow mega-gazillion dollar industry. Where do they GIVE BACK or at the very least, perhaps a ‘few words’ of support or endorsements to Indie filmmakers projects? So much independent work out there with poor man’s or micro-budgets, and as usual … it is a struggle for artists/creatives but they persevere with their passion.

REVOLTOSO at Kickstarter

LINKS(related): Stop Motion Short: ‘Veinte Años’ from Cuba‘Junk Head 1′ indie short from Japan

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‘Faceless Neil: Out of the Darkness’ (2014) – Indie animated short

September 12, 2014

Directed & animated by Noella Borie. I somewhat, sort-of, kind-of know Noella… indirectly … actually through another artist & animator, Ron Cole. On facebook Ron has occasionally & randomly posted sound-bytes about Noella’s progress on this project. Faceless Neil was a mystery to me as I was not sure what the final product would be. Well finally, ‘Faceless Neil: Out of the Darkness’ is finished and now available for public viewing at the online ‘Viewster Film Festival 3′.

Noella has goals to make this into a feature length movie. Hopefully and perhaps, some producers or backers will take note of this Film Fest entry. I think Faceless Neil is verrry polished & finessed and interesting story. Noella definitely has the talent & skills to oversee a feature animation project.

At Viewster online film festival, viewers can vote, however you must sign-up to log-in to Viewster so you can vote. IT IS ALL FREE. I know, you may think a hassle. If you have a back-up or alternate email, you can use that. I have not previously heard of Viewster. To my surprise, they have many indie films, shorts & full length features and it is ALL FREE to watch! Viewster seems to be like a Mini-Netflix.

How to Vote: As you are watching Faceless Neil, at the upper right corner of screen there is a brief seconds countdown. After the seconds are finished, you will see a LIKE button … click on that and that will count as your VOTE. You must vote/like before September 25. After the public voting, the Viewster Film Festival Jury of Experts decides on the final winners of the festival and the prizes.

Faceless Neil – Out of the Darkness’ (2014), Director: Noella Borie – at Viewster Film Festival website

P.S. Do not use Internet Explorer 9. It does not seem to work with Viewster website. You can use alternate Chrome or Firefox browser

If you are so inclined, below, CLICK on the the SHARE THIS green icon to notify others about Noella’s ‘Faceless Neil’ at Viewster and VOTE VOTE VOTE. Again, your vote/like must be submitted before September 25.

LINKS: Faceless Neil @ FacebookNoella Borie

Topics: Films - Shorts - Animation, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | No Comments »

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