How To Make A Monster

March 30, 2009

As I’m wrapping up principal photography on my new stop motion short, “Bygone Behemoth,” I thought it might be interesting to show the process by which the main character was designed and constructed.

“Bygone Behemoth” tells the story of a washed-up B-movie monster called Al, a relic of the past akin to the fantastic creatures brought to life by special effects artists like Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brien.  As such, I decided to create Al using the old-fashioned latex/foam build-up method pioneered by Marcel Delgado.

It all began with the sketch– a rough blueprint of how I envisioned the final puppet, both frontal and profile.
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More after the jump…

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Kittens in Carbonite will return full-force in April.  In the meantime, I’m locked in the studio with a dinosaur.

Marginal Talent Part 2

March 2, 2009

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Clearly I’ve been hard at work, attending class, and taking copious notes. To prove it, here are a few margin doodles compiled from this semester.


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In truth though, my current film project, a stop-motion animated short entitled “Bygone Behemoth”, has been occupying most of my time. I officially start shooting next week, and I intend to post here with fun production journals/tutorials/musings as time permits– so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, here’s a little taste of things to come….

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