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‘Gumby Fest’ in California – June 14, ‘14

Monday, June 9th, 2014

In any field of endeavor, art, work, discipline, etc … there is a ‘beginning‘. The iconic Gumby may have had the perception that it’s just for kids, however the production of the Green clay character spawned many artists & creatives who re-vitalized stop motion in the commercial market in its stop motion hey-day some [...]

New Stop-Motion Technology Eliminates the Need for Complex Rigs

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Here is something that passed by in front of my desk. Not sure what to make of it yet. The ‘new’ technique is an attempt to mix/blend some special effects methods: Frame by frame Stop Motion combined with Live Action manipulation of the stop motion element (in real time). It is somewhat difficult for me [...]

Where is Tom Brierton? – New Stop Motion Armature Dvd – Guillermo del Toro visits Cyclops replica

Monday, September 17th, 2012

On Facebook about a week ago, a few  posted regarding the whereabouts of  Tom Brierton. Within the niche stop motion community here in USA some of you may know of Tom. For most of his adult life he’s been involved with stop motion as a hobbyist, instructor, book author & has done professional work. Those [...]

SMW Special Effects Notes: Spectral Motion’s ‘Lady in the Water’ (2006) & ADI’s – ‘The Thing’ (2011)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

New feature …. periodic specific posts about other areas of Special Visual Effects. We are all ‘family’ … practical effects, make-up effects, model-making effects, animatronics, stop motion animation … any special effects techniques in which the IMAGES are originally photographed as real handmade tactile created (can be digitally tweaked in post). Hopefully, I will not [...]

‘Frame by Frame Stop Motion’ by Tom Gasek

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A new book just hot off the press and maybe not noticed yet  and still under the radar, called ‘Frame by Frame Stop Motion: The Guide to Non-traditional Animation Techniques’ by Tom Gasek. I remember Tom waaay back in the late 1980’s … he was one of the animation directors of the ‘New Adventures of [...]

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