Since I have experience fabricating human armatures, fabricating the coyote armatures was not too difficult. I just had to transfer my methods of combining wood and aluminum wire into the physiology and frame of a coyote. The experimental part was with the fur. At first he anded up looking more like a rat until I shaved the fur down with scissors. I used christmas tree LED lights for glowing eyes and rubber doll clippings for the ears. The overall look I wanted to be a bit raw where you could see the bits and peices making up the puppet sticking out here and there.
The Mariachi and The Rattlesnake Witch has won a Creative Acheivement Award in animation from been selected The Arizona International Film Festival 2019! It screened April 12, 9:30pm at The Screening Room in Tucson, AZ
(The Mariachi and The Rattlesnake Witch)
In this teaser, we see the opening scene of a story about a lone mariachi who has a soul wrenching secret. A tumbleweed scratches through the cactus brush as the moon rises in the background. Pushing into the moon, we descend into the valley below. Hold… and focus on the Skeleton Sheriff who is investigating a gruesome crime scene. Poke, poke, poke at the body he goes with his baton. Blood has pooled from under the mangled bunny. The Sheriff taps his brow with the baton as he ponders these goings on… Who would leave this mangled dead bunny, wasted and blood-let, in the Sonoran moon light? Could it be a Chupacabra? Time to get poking again. Time to bust out the paddy wagon.
Maybe if he puts pressure on the frog folk, he might get some answers. They like singing, dancing and playing their mariachi violins, horns, Bajo Sexto and guitarrón. Maybe its time for a Hoedown sponsored by the Sonoran Fraternal Order of Skeleton and Ghost Police. And when the perpetrator is found…If the hammers don’t pound, god help us, there’s gonna be a hanging for sure… In the full moon light for all to see.
So rabble the lynch mob and steer clear of the Bruja Serpiente (Snake Witch). More specifically, watch out for that Witchy Woman, The Bruja De Cascabel (Rattlesnake Witch). This dead bunny remnant couldn’t be from her though….for she eats her prey whole!!! Muuuuuaaaahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!!!
Using aluminum armature wire and hot glue to repair an armature.
Production update! I have only 2 scenes left to shoot. I’m happily surprised at the pace of this shoot. It’s been 5 months and I have 3.25 minutes of footage. Technically I could make my music video with what I have, but the arch of the storyline would suffer without the last 2 scenes. I hope to be done shooting by the end of April…just in time for summer!! Then begins editing.
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Superb, somewhat dark, animation from Steve Warne
Here’s a timelapse of me making the bruja puppet for the video.
I left my Claytoons clay out in the open air for about 6 months, and when I went to start applying and sculpting her features, the clay was stiff… and I thought, well shoot, I should’ve sealed that container. However, after a while of working the clay and using my tools to sculpt more detailed features, I realized that harder clay was actually a good thing for stop motion.
In the past, I’ve made puppets with fresh clay, and within the first 100 or so frames of a shoot, the clay would easily succumb to the onslaught of pinches, pokes, and tweaks from my Distal Phalanges(finger tips). With this harder clay, it seems to keep its shape better over the duration of the shoot.
Heres a quick video of me animating a sequence of The Mariachi and his frog companion strumming together next to a fire in the Sonoran Desert…what could go wrong?
I have started Vlogging as it seems to be “The Futuuuure!!”. Plus, its much easier and off the cuff and fun and visual…so here we go!
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Its been years since my last stop motion music video was released(See Towers “The Fields” Video Premier), but I’m back and better than ever! I learned so much about stop motion animation on that first video, and I am excited to announce that I’m in production on my second.
This time it will feature music from my debut solo album release, Yuma Rock, and will follow the story of a lone mariachi who discovers something very shocking about his spirit which will change his fate forever.
Follow this blog and get key insights to the storyline and stop motion magic that only followers will be privy too! For now, enjoy this short preview test animation shot and look for more posts about the production process in the future.