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"I'm Scared" By Greg "Craola" Simkins Now On Kickstarter

I'm Scared is a Stop Motion short film based off work from artist Greg Simkins.  Greg, has painted some really cool stuff, like the paintings listed below
As you can see from the pictures, his creative design would be very original and cool in Stop Motion; or maybe you can't see this and have very poor taste.  Now this is only a spec of his work, if you would like to see more go to his website:  They are trying to raise $65,000 dollars and they have currently raised $57,997, there is 5 days left before it ends.


New Producer For Will Vinton's CGI Film "The Quest"

Everyone in the Stop Motion industry know who Will Vinton is.  80% of all animation fans know his name.  He has an Oscar for his short film Closed Mondays.  Also, he created The California Raisins, and directed The Adventures Of Mark Twain, inventor of Claymation, the list goes on and on.  Anyway, yesterday Gnosis Moving Pictures, which is a new Gaming Company has announced that it will be producing Will Vinton's new film The Quest.  
Will wrote the script with Peter Crabbe and Andrew Weise.  The visual design is going to be by Bruce Zick, it is described as being a absurd look outer space, the film will feature the voice of John Cleese.

I am very excited for this film.  But now let's take a look at the upcoming Stop Motion feature films: The Shadow King, The Quest, The Little Prince, Auntie Claus, Lenore, Hell & Back, The Addams Family, Shaun The Sheep, Mad God, Pinocchio, Goblins, The BoxTrolls, I'm sure that I've missed some but you get the picture.  That bit …

Athena Studios Announces "Auntie Claus" Feature

Athena Studios released the following info: that they have gained the rights to and are producing a 90 minute feature film based on the book by Elise Primavera, Auntie Claus.  They told this on there Facebook page which you can go view right now (or after you finish reading this article) here:

The studio is in it's pre-production
stages on the film at the moment.  But they do have a list of the crew which I have placed below:

Brice Parker, Producer:

Tom Proost, Art Director:  His past work includes Art Directer on Coraline.

Pete Kozachik, Director of Photography:

Tim Taylor, Camera and Lighting.
The Auntie Claus book story line is this: "The main character is Sophie, and 11 year old girl.  She doesn't get the meaning of Christmas; Her Aunt tells her that they are part of the Santa Claus…

"The Art And Making Of ParaNorman" [Book Of The Month Club]

Most Stop Motion film behind the scenes books do not give you the full on puppet making process that you want.  Well, I can gladly say that The Art and Making of ParaNorman does.  We get to see and in depth look at modeling, fabrication, and of course, the art.  In the 2012 Oscars 3 out of 5 of the animated film nominated were Stop Motion one of those film being in which ParaNorman, it did deserve an Oscar; but if LAIKA can pull it off with The BoxTrolls, then just maybe...

The book is a great behind the scenes look at LAIKA and what goes into making a Stop Motion feature.  Also you get to see the equipment used by LAIKA.  There is an chapter near the end that's basically Sam Fell taking about going onto Google Maps and finding houses that look like Norman's,

Mr. Peanut is Back In A New Ad Campaign As An Motivation Speaker

The LAIKA/Planters team-up is back again with more nut related commercials.  In these he is a motivational speaker, now he is voiced by Bill Hader, not Robert Downey Jr.  As always the scripts for these are funny and clever; but not as much so as in there previous ad campaign.  The stopmo ads that LAIKA produce are usually great, but these just don't' do it for me.  I have enlisted all the ads below so enjoy!


"Canhead" Now Achieved a Stop Motion Geek Award!

Canhead, is a 1995 Claymation short flick created and produced by Timothy Hittle.  It looks like animation from the '70s/'80s or something straight out of George Pal's Puppetoons.  I think it is an amazing work of art, and also showcases some of the best animation with clay I have ever seen; in fact the animation trumps that of which is in Wallace & Gromit: a close shave which also performs amazing work.  The emotion is totally over the top an the way Timothy got a clay figure to perform in such a way is just outstanding.  I could gush over this work all day.

What strikes me as interesting is

Classic Cinefex for iPad Kickstarter by New Scribbler Press

If you are familiar with Cinefex Magazine and know what an awesome resource of behind the scenes pictures, interviews with creators, from pretty much every film from the past fifty years that has special effects in it well, your lucky, because I was not made aware of it until today.  New Scribbler Press is doing a Kickstarter for an iPad version of the first 126 issues; which you can get if you donate $285, or you can donate $50 for the issues covering Stop Motion!  The 17 films which they cover are as in the following promotion picture:

Coraline!  Nightmare Before Christmas!  James and The Giant Peach! Come on, it looks awesome right?  Or am I just a huge geek?  Anyway, there goal is to reach $217,500

"Friendship All-Stars of Friendship" Episode #2

John Lasseter, who is a founder of Pixar stars in the second episode of Friendship All-Stars.   Now I am so stoked that Stoopid Buddy Stoodios it pumping episodes out so fast, however they are awesome.

Screen Novelties' Lego "Adventure Time" Main Title Brings the Show to Life in Stop Motion

Among the plethora of captivating videos to come out this week during YouTube’s “Geek Week” comes a particularly interesting find for fans stop motion and Lego-lovers alike: a stop motion Brickfilm version of the Adventure Time main title.
There’s something uniquely charming about Adventure Time – Cartoon Network’s wildly popular and incredibly charming 2D-animated fantasy show, currently in its fifth season. Part of what seems to contribute to its special sauce is the sense one gets while watching it that the show is something of a haven for imaginative, creative animation, offering a breath of fresh air while scanning the current landscape of animated television shows. Well, now the show can mark another notch in its belt for its pioneering of an eclectic breadth of animation prowess, as its most recent guest-animated title sequence made entirely of Legos carries the show into a new medium – stop motion.
The camera zooms quickly through the Land of Ooo, swooping over mountains of gree…

The #5th Stop Motion Geek Award is Awarded to Daniel Greaves' Flat World

Flat World is a Stop Motion half hour special that won over 30 international awards along with a Bafta nomination.  It is really a groundbreaking project.  It even inspired me to make an upcoming 2 or 3 minute long short that will be released on Halloween of this year.  To honor such a masterpiece, I thought it only fair to give it the August Stop Motion Geek Award.  Flat World is done all with cut outs in a 3d environment a very hard effect to achieve.

The link:

PS. if you are wondering where you will be able to see my Halloween special it will be released on this website.  It is not done with paper, but with cardboard.