Who loves stop motion?

Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
If you're anything like me, you grew up watching movies with awe inspiring stop motion characters.

The movie magic of films like King Kong, Jason and the Argonauts, RoboCop, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Clash of the Titans made me want to learn how to create fantastic worlds and creatures, one frame at a time.

What classic stop motion films inspire you?

Today the artform is still going strong with wonderful movies like Coraline, Wallace & Gromit, ParaNorman, Corpse Bride, and so many more.  What are some of your favorite modern stop motion films?

The work coming out of companies like LAIKA has really impressed me.  Here is a great article I found about their latest project "The Boxtrolls"    http://boingboing.net/2014/09/26/the-hands-and-minds-behind-the.html  Their instagram feed for the film has some really wonderful behind the scenes shots and clips as well.

I'm really excited for the new on-demand lesson from the Chiodo Bros on Stop Motion Puppet Creation.  

Have any of you tried your hand at stop motion?



  • Just signed up, was hoping to sign up for the class when it first aired but I was caught up with a job.  anyway i quit that job to continue to work on my craft of stop motion, and in hopes of one day getting the opportunity to work with such greats as the Chiodo Bros or the peeps at Laika, or really any studio that puts their stories and artwork out there for the world to enjoy.

    I did just finished watching the Chiodo Bros first installment, learned a good amount of information with building a solid wire armature.  Super excited to see their next videos and start to apply that to my work.

    I enjoy all the hard work and dedication it takes to make these films and would love to talk to anyone that enjoys it as much as i do.


  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Glad you liked the first installment of the Chiodo Bro's class!

    I am looking forward to watching their next video as well.  I don't think I could even be a stop motion animator, but I love the idea of building the characters, sets, and props.

  • I loove stop motion here's my Latest short
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Cool stuff Arthur!

  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Part 2 of the Chiodo Bros stop motion animation series is now available in on-demand lessons!  https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials/stop-motion-animation-part-2-set-design-construction

    I know what I'll be watching tonight!

  • Hi Chris,
    and I am a fan of stop-motion animation as well and I love the art itself. Probably, the best one is Phil Tippett, but there's some amazing and very talented people which work I love too, such as Doug Beswick, The Chiodo Brothers, the late David Allen, Ted Rae, Randy Cooke, just to name a few.
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hey Dimitar,

    Funny timing, I'm actually watching the Ray Harryhausen documentary on Netflix right now.  Such an amazing man who we owe so very much to.

    I love Phil Tippett too!  I'm a backer on both installments of his Mad God project  (even have one of his screen used characters from that series).

  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Part 3 of this amazing series has just landed as an on-demand lesson!


    This lesson series (and the Ray Harryhausen documentary I watched last Friday) really has me wanting to do a stop motion movie night.  So many great movies to pick from!

  • Kevin KovacsKevin Kovacs ✭✭
    edited April 2015
    Aardman's first couple of films, Grand Day out, Sledge hammer and earlier, Vinton's work on Return to Oz and an ABC show called Bump in the night.
  • Gina SandyGina Sandy California
    Hello!  I've just started this series as part of the new 'Puppet' 'Pathway'.  I know I'm late to stop motion, but I'm looking for a printout of the Chiodo's blueprint, if there is one.  I've been searching the Forums for a while, and I'm hoping that there is still a way to receive a copy.  Thank you! 
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi Gina, 

    I don't know what blueprints we do or don't have, but we can look into it for you.  What type of blueprint are you looking for?


  • JMak503JMak503 Portland, Oregon
    Hey Gina, I was looking for the same thing after watching their class. Here's a link to the forum that has it: https://forums.stanwinstonschool.com/discussion/comment/4378#Comment_4378
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Thanks JMak503!

  • A great example of modern stop motion is the intro for Beastars on Netflix. Such amazing work and I really appreciate the blending of animation styles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwQRWNY_VWU
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