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Jedhead Lives

2nd video we shot, titled Jedhead Lives! Here we upped our game a  bit, creating a figure from an artists mannequin, crafting a few props and shooting under natural lighting and outdoors. Yes, stop motion done outdoors, stop laughing, it works here! Sheala cut and sewed the costume, while Brandon and Lisa cheered her on.…

Say Hello To Tommy

Here is a early test video we did: Simple and fun, this was test for us in actually setting up, shooting a scene and working together to do so. We used two cameras and off the shelf figures, Pokey and Tommy. Pokey you should know from his previous collaborations with someone named Gumby. Tommy is…

Collaboration Pt. II, The Quickening

Working with others can be, well,  work, as anyone who’s been on a committee, had a job in an office or simply tried to negotiate a revolving door can attest. Sometimes it’s light work, sometimes it’s a lot of work, but there is always some element of having to deal with others and find common…

The fun and glory of Pacific Rim

If you have haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, we just want to know what’s wrong with you. Seriously, stop reading this post right now and go see this film! It’s directed and co-written by Guillermo del toro of Hellboy fame and he’s outdone himself this time with maushed up love letter to Godzilla and anime.

Check out this featurette about the incredible sets they built for the movie. Then go see the movie, how many times do we have to tell you?!

 

Armature gone bad

This was a basic test of building a wire armature, putting clay on it and then doing a short walk animation. Well that was the idea, but it quickly became obvious that the armature was too strong (braided 16 gauge steel) and the clay too soft (the cheapest thing on the art store shelf). So…

“We should totally do something like that!”

It was at some point while watching the  stop motion film Paranorman  that Sheala, perhaps mentally fizzing over from movie theater candy,  exclaimed “we should totally do something like that.” Brandon and Lisa, definitely giddy from buter flavored grease, er popcorn, exclaimed “Yeah!” After the film was over,  everyone discussed the themes, plot, characters and techniques and…