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Tis the Corona Mask Season

June 30, 2020

Thank you Virus C-19  for creating all the social destruction &  political crap, in attempt to control the masses and turn us into cowardly sheeple.

Corona Mask Time

This is a modified Jesse Killion facial protection mask. It is more complex mask which has plastic tie stiffeners to help push mask material away from face. If you are a beginner at sewing skills & crafting, there are other easier do it yourself masks out there.

CLICK on the photo for how-to details.

Topics: Featured Headline, How-to | No Comments »

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984) – Stop Motion mine cart chase special effects

November 5, 2019

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984) – Stop Motion mine cart chase special effects

I suppose, this can be considered a follow-up to my orginal posting of 4 years ago
F3 Nikon mod for Temple of Doom

When you go to above original posting of the article, you will see that the rare, more detailed behind the scenes video of the stop motion mine cart effects, disappeared from the internet awhile back..Recently though, it has magically returned :) I am not going to speculate the reasons why it vanished then reappeared, but here for you to watch just in case, if it should evaporate from the net, again ;)

Here is a blog with some images ….
MovieMiniatures blogspot

A ‘Time Machine’ visit here to the finished ‘mine cart chase’ scene with all the stop motion effects edited with the live action and other special effects. Take a look Mine Cart chase scenes

Today …. all is taken for granted with digital image photography and the miniaturization of cameras used by the general consumers/public … however …back in the early 1980’s, digital photography was almost non-existent. Doing stop motion animation with puppets and ‘moving the camera’ within a miniature set was difficult because of the large & heavy bulky size ol’ school 35mm movie cameras. The Nikon F3 modification by a team at ILM, I thought was ‘thinking out of the box’ innovative which significantly reduced the size ot the camera so that it can more compactly & much more efficiently used inside a miniature set.

Also … most creative use of stop motion in a realistic manner as pure a special effects element … but ,,, we all know … CGI ever since the first Jurassic Park has sadly ended this type of ol’ school & practical effects in today’s ‘mainstream’ Cgi dominated effects. Even in independent small budget film work, there is much Cgi. For me, it can get monotonous watching ‘one flavor’ homogenous Cgi However .. for indie work … ol’ school special effects is still very much viable, IMO … but requires more hands on tactile & sweat compared to just clicking a mouse


Nikon F3, Industrial Light & Magic & 'The Temple Of Doom'

Exclusif … Nowhere on the web ;)
Video making of – Nikon F3, Industrial Light & Magic & 'The Temple Of Doom' !
Sound at 0:50

Posted by Nikoniste on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Featured Headline, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Special Effects, Stop Motion | No Comments »

Alternatives to ‘One Flavor Cgi Animation’

November 4, 2019

Alternatives to 'One Flavor Cgi Animation'

Mainstream is about IMMEDIATE box office $$. Independent films generally…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Saturday, November 2, 2019

Topics: Commercials-Ads-TV-Net, Featured Headline, Films - Shorts - Animation, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | No Comments »

StopMotionAnimation.com – 20 years

November 4, 2019

1999 – 2019

StopMotionAnimation.com – 20 YEARS, 1999 – 2019

This is for ol schoolers who were stop motion fanatics BEFORE the…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Monday, October 28, 2019

Topics: How-to, Puppet Animation, Special Effects, Stop Motion | No Comments »

Ray Harryhausen 100 Year Celebration

November 4, 2019

Here are the details

Again … June 29, 2020 will be Ray Harryhausen’s 100 year birthday mark. Hopefully, some studios will participate! There are a few Major Studios that have the capability to do actual STOP MOTION and it would be cool to see some ol’ school actual Stop Motion tributes (not CGI). I was thinking some ol’ school or ‘advanced’ Dinosaur or Fantasy creature Stop Motion, would be awesome! :)

However, any manner you wish to offer a tribute to the Godfather of Special Effects, would be welcomed. I have said this in the past … “Before Computer Animation, Ray Harryhausen was already COOL!”

You can help and spread the word, use this #Harryhausen100 image-banner or create your own banner! Maybe some of you can persuade GOOGLE to commemorate Ray Harryhausen 100 years on their home search page? He was the inspiration to many special effects veterans and the precursor to today’s CGI creature character effects work. The celebration date is June 29, 2020 …. so … let’s get moving!

I see that Angus Lamont, an indie stop motion artist, has already started on his Harryhausen tribute for next year!

The way it works … be sure to post the hashtag #Harryhausen100 or just Harryhausen100 on your video … Vimeo or Youtube channel, your website page, or anywhere … so that it can be easily searchable.

P.S. For those that do not know, there was a tribute to Uncle Ray back when he was still with us, at the age of 90 years. You can revisit some of those early tributes by searching the internet … Harryhausen90

Ray Harryhausen 100 Year Celebration

Here are the details

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Topics: Animators, Biography-Books-History, Dynamation, Puppet Animation, Special Effects, Stop Motion | 1 Comment »

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