The Festival Stop Motion is perhaps the Premiere stop motion festival in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event will evaluate 58 films from 23 countries. Public screenings will take place throughout the festival. Major names from the world of stop-motion and puppetry — including the United Kingdom’s Tim Allen (Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride) and Amanda Strong of Vancouver — will offer seminar-sized master classes at this year’s festival. This year’s festival will be September 14-16th. Personally I think the entire Stop Motion Magic community should plan on meeting and partying there next year! Click here http://www.stopmotionmontreal.com/ for more information.

REBOX_FINAL - OVERWATCH - BUTTON from jriggity on Vimeo.

Justin Rasch is at it again! Justin who is known for Geralds Last Day film and his amazing animation at Laika put together this latest piece. All he wrote in the description was "I did this short test mixing video and stopmotion as a fun button to the Overwatch short film {Trace and Bake}". Upon looking at his other videos the main premise is that the line of Overwatch statues look so cool, maybe they come to life and play the game! So the short animations he created are how he imagined they would move if they came to life.

THE SEPARATION from Robert Morgan on Vimeo.

Every now and then you come across a creepy and dark stop motion film. The Separation is probably one of those films that you never forget after you've watched it for a very long time. The film follows the lives of conjoined twins and their struggle with being permanently separated with one another and the solution to their torment

Have you ever wanted to learn the proper way to animate? Alan shows you many of the principles that animators had to learn during the earliest days of cinema.

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Paul Jenkins has been hard at work on his short film POLAR, which came out today. The quality of his puppets, sets and animaiton is very high and are as good as any big studio. Click here to take a look. He also has a blog which features some of his other animations, tests and photos of his in-progress models. You can see it all at http://pauljenkinsanimation.blogspot.com.