El Mariachi Y La Bruja De Cascabel Teaser

(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 […]

Towers “The Fields” Video Premier

Thank you to the band, Towers, Rick Duncan and Darryl Swan, and to Max Rees who played guitar and did backup vocals on this song and album. Thank you to Ashley Duncan who fabricated the witch puppet and to Noelle Barce who illustrated the Towers band logo, and Also to Christina Kemp for the encouragement! […]

Paranorman Review

Paranorman is 1 part zombie thriller, 1 part goonies, and 2 parts fucking awesome. I was invited to a pre-screening by a friend who works at Laika (thanks Christina!) and I went into the movie only with an expectation of seeing some awesome stop motion, and a seemingly decent PG zombie thrasher based on the […]

Making Stuff – Eyes!

For eyes, I like to use small pearl beads. Just dab some paint on the eyelet hole however you want your character’s eyes to look. blue, green, iris, no iris, big small….or better yet, make many designs so you can animate them! Why paint the eyelet and not the smooth part of the bead? answer: […]

Supplies…The Infinite Search for Bollocks

If you don’t work for Hollywood, chances are your budget is bollocks, and you have to find your materials behind the used teapots and broken plumb pipes of thriftstores and flea markets. I find myself at Goodwills and Salvation Armies probably at least 2 to 4 hours a week. Luckily I inherited the genes that […]

Cleanliness is Close to Godliness….Especially when Clay is Invloved

As they say, Cleanliness is close to godliness, and when it comes to stop motion with clay….thats fucking so true.  Because basically when you’re animating, you are playing god. its your own little world that you’ve created, your own characters you’ve built, your stage, story, lighting, and actions. You are manipulating every aspect of this […]

Concept art and asthetic

I wanted to keep it simple for a few reasons.this being my first major jaunt into stop-mo, I didn’t want too many elements to keep track of to begin with. Having 3 characters who are rather distinct from each other, I figured I can focus my attention on each one without worrying about the actions […]

Story Boards and Characters

To begin with, I sketched out a rough draft of some story boards from the notes I took the night that the Story came to me. The initial notes were absolute chaotic, almost incomprehensible scribblings in red sharpy on the front…and back…of a peice of notebook paper, and as we all know, sharpies leak pretty […]