Monday, August 30, 2010

Winners Announced for the 2010 Stop Motion Film Festival!!!

Stop Motion Magazine Film Festival 2010 Trophy
Stop Motion Magazine is proud to aanounce the winners of the 2010 Stop Motion Magazine Film Festival!!!

Here are the winners:

Best Puppets Award - In the Fall of Gravity (Directed by Ron Cole)

Best Story Award - Miracle Lady  (Directed by Michal Abulafia & Moran Somer)

Best Technical Achievement Award - Operation: Fish (Directed by Jeff Riley)

Editors Choice Award - Miracle Lady (Directed by Michal Abulafia & Moran Somer)

Grand Prize (Audience Pick for Best Film: the Purple Monkey Award) - Bygone Behemoth
(Directed by Harry Chaskin)

We want to congratulate the winners in the competition and congratulate and thank all the directors that took part in the film festival for such a great night.

Now for the Highlights:

So we started the night with a sold out and packed venue. This picture doesn't even give justice to how full the place was since after the picture was taken about 15 to 20 viewers showed up and sat on the floor and in the isles. It was so packed the I (John Ikuma) couldn't even watch the show and had to stand outside the door and turn away a lot of people since there was no more room. Next year we will have to have a bigger venue.

Here I am officially opening the film festival and starting the show.

Here you see all us stragglers at the very end of the night before the doors were closed. Whats great about this picture is all the talented animators and vfx artisits possing for the camera.... Sorry I didn't label the names but you should know that it was officially a great moment for our art form.

Here's myself with Lina Younes (Director of BlackOut) at the following days Stop-Mo BBQ.... She came all the way from Dubai just for the festival!!!

Here is Audrey Holland (Director of the Snow Princess) possing with here Snow Monkey Award. This is a special award given to only the directors that were in the festival who showed up to the BBQ!!! Lina I'll mail yours right away!!! Whats funny is the idea came from Audrey asking "Can I have a Blank Monkey" and someone yelled out "It's the Snow Monkey Award!!!".  Super cool... We'll be doing that every year since it took a couple of seconds to make infront of everyone. We had about 40 people at the BBQ but I was to busy talking about animation and cooking hotdogs that I only took a couple of shots from the night. Next year you directors better be there to get your "Snow Monkey Award!"

With that being said I have to get some much deserved rest. Don't worry I haven't forgotten about the Harryhausen Issue..... But I need some sleep for a couple of days.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Official Entry Selections and Festival Event Announcement!!!

Here's what many of you have been waiting for, the official announcement of the Stop Motion Magazine Film Festival Selections!!!! YEAH!!!
For this year (2010) Stop Motion Magazine Film Festival the official selections for showing and competition are (in no specific order):

Black Out -by Lina Younes
The History of Man Part 2 & 3 - by Jeff Draheim
El Diablo - by Matt Ellsworth
How to Make a Baby - by Cassidy Curtis and Raquel Coelho
Make A Mate - by Jennifer Jordan Day
Operation: Fish - by Jeff Riley
The Epiplectic Bicycle - by Lauren Horoszewsky
Clay Lunch - by Egor Ivanov
To the Rescue - by Emma Coleman
Sunday - by Kris Daw
M.A.N.D.Y. vs BookaShade "Donut" - by Stephan Hambsch
What A Night -by Jesse Brunt
The Happiness Tree - by Mac McCord
Keeping the Heat  - by Al Oldfield
Further - by Ki Taube
Bygone Behemoth - by Harry Chaskin
In the Fall of Gravity - by Ron Cole
Super Battle - by Ethan Marack
Miracle Lady - by Michal Abulafin & Moran Somer
The Snow Princess - by Audrey Genevieve Holand

The Festival will be held August 28th at 7:30pm to 11pm at the Echo Park Film Center (

Admission is $5 and open to all ages. Space is very limited (Only 55 seats) and there is only 1 Showing.

We will be Streaming the Event Live for those of you around the world unable to attend. Please go to our Website in the Festival page we will have a player boradcating on that day. Check the World Time Clock for appropriate time in your region of the world. Festival is held in California (Standard Pacific) Time.

We hope all of you enjoy the event and hope to see you there.

All the Best
John Ikuma
Executive Editor
Stop Motion Magazine

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

June 2010 Issue #6 Available Now!!!

The June 2010 Issue #6 is Now Available for download at!!! This issue is severally late but it is well worth checking out. Harry Walton is our cover story and his work spans across the spectrum of amazing animated films. 

The Ray Harryhausen issue will be available soon along with the Film Festival being held on August 28th at the Echo Park Film Center starting at 7:30pm.

Official Selections will be announced in a couple of days.