Monthly Archives: September 2009

Webcam Shootout for Stop Motion

We decided because of the recessionary times we live in to test out two big name entry level webcameras for under $25 for stop motion use. We have just purchased the Logitech Webcam C200 and the Microsoft VX-1000. We already reviewed the VX-1000 on the stopmtioncentral site some weeks back but we thought it was about time to review the lastest compeditor on the market. MS VX-1000 Versus The Logitech C200 The results are quiet surprising. We did state that the VX-1000 was a very decent webcam for the price. And we still stand by that assertion. However once we ran the same tests on the Logitech C200 it was clear that it was much better. Compare the two images below. The first is from the VX-1000 and the second is from the C200. VX-1000 Image 640×480 Logitech C200 – 640×480 The main difference is in the clarity at close range. The C200 is better. However in fairness to the VX1000 the color is a little truer than the C200. Also the C200 has a easier to use manual focus. The clip on the C200 is also more awkward to secure than the flat base that is on the VX-1000. But when it comes to sharpness of image I would have to come down in favour of the C200. […]
By |September 24th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

Makers of Coraline Fire 63 staff.

Laika, the makers of Stop Motion animation movie Coraline have decided to move away from CGi animation techniques in favor of stop motion going forward. As a result they have laid off 63 staff from their computer animation department in Portland Oregon. They will continue to use some CGI as part of their advertising work and to supplement their future stop motion movies releases.  Phil Knight, (founder of NIKE -one of the rishest men in the world) and Laika’s Owner, while still celebrating the 120 million dollar success with Coraline in the US and overseas has always favored stop motion. He promoted his son Travis ( a stop motion animator) to CEO of Laika in March. Travis started his animating career in Will Vinton Studios in Portland in 2003. The studio was renamed Laika (pronounced LIKE-uh) in 2007. These recent layoffs reduce Laika’s work force from 243 to 180. Last December, the company laid off 65 after scrapping a computer-generated feature called “Jack and Ben’s Animated Adventure”
By |September 20th, 2009|Stop Motion News|0 Comments

Stop Motion – Making of ..

A Danny Turner from SunnySideUpFilm youtube channel posted a very nice stop motion and a behind the scenes movie called “The adventure of Olga’s Story” on our forum today. I watched the behind the scenes documentary with great interest. I always love to see how stop motion animators create their movies. The approach they take , materials, sets etc. And the behind the scenes movie below. Great work Danny..oh and Olga..nice job 🙂

Stop Motion Montreal Film Festival

I have just finished putting up some information about the launch of the Montreal Stop Motion animation film festival. This is its first year. It will run from October 24th to the 25th. Erik Goulet is behind this ambitious project. Erik worked with SoftImage ( the CGI software from AutoDesk) as a software demonstrator for a number of years before taking up a position with University Concordia in Monteal, Canada. It’s great to hear about the efforts of those passionate about stop motion from around the world. The festival includes a competition in a number of categories..namely.. Professional: films commissioned or produced with funds Independent: films produced in an independent setting with or without subsidiaries Academic: the film has been made in an academic environment as part of a course or as an assignment. Read more about it here and spread the word !
By |September 5th, 2009|Announcements|0 Comments