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BEOCHAN Stop Motion Ireland

An exciting piece of stop motion news ! – Beochan Stop Motion Ireland located in the Connemara in West Ireland is a brand new stop motion animation studio. The new Beochan stop motion studio employs 40 staff in the region. It was set up by TELEGAEL to produce the second series of Igam Ogam which was then distributed to Channel 5 (UK), S4C (Wales), TG4 (Ireland) plus many more international channels. This series was completed in 2013 by Bechan Stop Motion Ireland, is aimed at toddlers and has been shortlisted for Best Animation at The Celtic Media Festival, which takes place in April 2014. Igam Ogam stars a cave girl and her pet dinosaur Doggie and friends Roly Monkey, Triple Tog, the sabre toothed tiger, Big Daddy the T-Rex and Birdie the Pterodactyl. Stop Motion Ireland is also involved in a number of other stop motion projects including Morten (a family adventure feature film), Shaggy Dog Stories (26/11 min TV mini-series) among others. The studio is 6,000 sq ft, there is also a workshop, construction workshop and many other areas. The animation is created using Avid Edit Studio, Dragon DMX, for lighting, and AfterFX. Post-picture and post-sound production facilities are then completed via the Emmy award-winning Telegael in Spiddal, Co. Galway. The entire project from making props to animating is made at the stop motion Ireland studio by a talented team of hard working animators. The team currently includes 6 animators, 2 junior animators, puppet makers, set builders and many other people with extensive portfolios. Ben Halliwell is the director at Beochan Stop Motion Ireland and […]

Stop Motion competition Announced by Bricksinmotion

Stop Motion Brickfilms Webmaster Philip Heinrich recently announced a very cool stop motion animation competition. As far as I can make out it is being run by Jared B. Gilbert aka LegoGod, a moderator on Bricksinmotion. I have copied his text here to help out in advertising the competition. Make sure to enter.! The stop motion competition is titled “BricksinMotion 2012 – Kitchen Sink” Here are the details. As an animator you have probably thrown out perfectly good ideas so that a single, cohesive film can be made. There never seems to be room for a killer robot named Larry or a dog that eats bricks. These cool ideas that pop into your head halfway through filming might burn you out, slow down the process and make you stop animating altogether because your film can NEVER keep up with your imaginings. If your scripts are a bunch of cross outs and ink-rimmed holes, this might be the contest for you. What if you didn’t have to throw your ideas out? I know you’re thinking the film would become bloated and unwatchable while the laughter and hate from online posters would send you running. But that’s where the INTERACTIVE video comes in to save your butt. You can animate all of those cool ideas and “what-ifs” and allow the viewer to make their own film. What comes next is a unique experience and an entertaining one at that. THEME: If you have heard the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” in your lifetime you know that it refers to a large amount of something. Well, this contest offers you the kitchen sink (which is everything) and asks you: “What are you going to do with it?” Entrants will be required to make an […]

The Making of Cletus Clay Stop Motion Game !

I found a very interesting computer game under development called “Cletus Cay” that uses our favorite form of animation – stop motion. It’s a very unique approach to gaming using stop motion in this way. The lead artist and designer of Cletus Clay gives some excellent insight in to how this stop motion method was designed in to the game using clay ( Claymation) characters and set props. I have reproduced his interview below from YouTube. The InterView – Behind the Scenes – The Making of Cletus Clay Hi, I am Anthony Flack. I am the lead artist and designer of Cletus Clay. Why are you making a game out of clay? I started out making regular stop motion, animation for TV video. When I started making games, it seemed a good way to make sprite games. It was a good method that I had for making 2D sprites. But what we’re doing now is quite lot more complicated than that. And it has become more about the challenge of how close can we get to create a convincing illusion of the stop motion animation, as opposed to using conventional CG methods. I think the in building the models by hand and photographing them in a way that captures the little idiosyncrasies of the model. It gives the whole look of the thing, an intimacy I guess, that people respond to like they respond to a handmade thing. What is the process? So, this is the process that we go through in order to create our models […]

Stop Motion Collectible – Robot Chicken

Early in July this year ( 2010) , fans of stopmotion action figure animated television programming heard on the grapevine that their favorite show that is to say Robot Chicken!, was finally getting a set of collectible playthings based on the series most popular characters. Likewise, we also hinted at an exclusive “Nerd” figure that would be available at the San Diego Comic-Con, which brings us to the present, and our first look at that mysterious plastic masterpiece.   From the folks at Jazwares and Cartoon Network Enterprises comes the Toys “R” Us exclusive Robot Chicken “Convention Nerd” action figure, available only at Comic-Con and (starting July 21) via toysrus.com‘s collectibles store. “Convention Nerd,” (honestly, guys — that’s like calling a figure “Hospital Doctor”) comes complete with a top hat, sandwich, Adult Swim swag bag, a Comic-Con 2010 t-shirt (armpit stains not included) and, of course, a jar of Magical Unicorn Mayonnaise. Fans clamoring for “Convention Nerd” should head over to the Entertainment Earth booth (booth #2343) with $20 in hand, and if you’re really looking to up the eBay value, you can have the figure signed by show creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, appearing at the Entertainment Earth booth on Friday, July 23 between 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Naturally, the figure will be limited, so true fans will want to hop on this fast because, after all, who wouldn’t want a small, plastic version of their inner-selves as a desk toy?

iPAD in Stop Motion

So you are itching to get your hands on a new Apple iPAD just so you can take to bits..! I don’t think so. But if you are like the guys at TechRestore then they know how to do it and put it back together all in Stop Motion? A quote from TechRestore “Ever wonder what it would look like if your consumer electronics could disassemble and reassemble themselves? Well, wonder no more. Because the folks at TechRestore have posted a stop motion video showing an Apple iPad coming out of the box… and then out of its case.”

Happy Anniversary Wallace and Gromit

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wallace & Gromit, the webmasters over on the W&G website asked members of the website to submit their questions to Nick Park. Twenty of the top questions were selected and put to Nick in a special video interview shot in the new Aardman cinema! Here is a transcript of the questions. Check out the video below for the answers! What was your inspiration behind creating Wallace and Gromit? Do any of your characters represent your own personality and if so which one? What Wallace and Gromit animation is your favourite and why? Did you think Wallace and Gromit would be so popular and what was it like winning your first Oscar? I was browsing on the internet and saw a topic about you planning a second movie, is this true? I have always wondered what age Wallace and Gromit are, do you know yourself , or do you think it is better not to say? Are there any plans to bring back Fluffles? How did you get the idea of a penguin being the villain? What made you decide that Gromit didn’t need a mouth? Why did you change Gromits appearance after a Grand Day Out? I always wanted to know how did the cooker get up to the moon, and why it was coin operated? Are there any new animation techniques you would like to learn and develop? Did you take any courses or was it just something you just picked up naturally? What is the greatest advice you have ever received in regards to animation? Given your existing use of animals in your work what is your favorite animal? Have you ever thought of giving up animation and moving in to something else? Before you became an animator did you want to do […]

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

Breaking News – Stop Motion – How can a Dentist be Fun?

Well to answer that question you have to have some faith. Faith in making a dentist funny. Just Released August 17th 2009 – by Nickelodeon – Glenn Martin D.D.S. Glenn Martin (a dentist), his wife Jackie, children, 11 year old Courtney and teenager Conor and the dog of course “Canine” decide under duress (Dad’ idea) to set off in an RV around the country to reconnect as a family. Stop Motion is alive and well in this sitcom. It’s placed in Nickelodeon’s “Nick at Nite’’ prime-time block. Aimed at tweens and their parents to enjoy together or so the “blurb goes”.  From my viewing of the previews it looks very good indeed. Nice stop motion animation techniques in full use. If I have any gripe about the technique of stop motion used I would have to say its the replacement mouths. They look too much like they are simply stuck on. I know “they are” stuck on but I think more care could have been taken to blend them in to the features of the claymation characters. The stop motion animation style comes from the hands of Eric Fogel. Eric is the guy behind MTV’s edgy stop motion “Celebrity Deathmatch” series. I love that scene in that series where the referee holds up claymation character of Sylvester Stallones hand up after it had been blown off and says..”how many fingers am I holding up?” Anyway back to Glenn Martin. In the first episode Glenn drives the family and their RV to Amish […]
By |August 17th, 2009|Stop Motion News|0 Comments