Body Language – Holiday

November 20, 2011

It’s been quite a while since I last updated, but here’s what I’ve been working on for the last couple months. Produced for Body Language/ OM Records.

Produced By Rosa Tran
Directed by Harry Chaskin & Duke Johnson
Animation by Harry Chaskin, Ashley Archeiga, Michael Granberry
Art Direction by Robyn Yannoukos
Puppets by Becky Van Cleve
VFX by John Ikuma and Derek Smith
DP Joe Passerelli

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The Robotniks!

November 28, 2010

A family of robots trying to be human. Sort of an animation/design test for an idea in development….

Yucca Flats

August 14, 2010

Of Mice And Movies

October 18, 2009

My first foray into film-making. Shot on Super-8 when I was 10 years old, with the help of my family, friends, and an incredible teacher named Craig Call, with whom I’ve since regrettably lost touch.

Handmade Horrors

September 6, 2009

Here a few shots of props and sets from my latest project, “Bygone Behemoth”. Please click to see larger versions.

Lycanthropic Lycopene

May 30, 2009

Because who doesn’t love stop-motion animated, anthropomorphic tomatoes?  Evidently, the Heinz corporation…

I threw this together in a couple of days for a contest sometime in 2007. Sort of my chauvinist answer to the California Raisins.  Needless to say, I didn’t win.  Still, had fun making it.

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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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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Sandblasts From The Past

January 25, 2009

Here are two short films I made in 2004, during my year off between high school and college. Hard to believe that was half a decade ago…

The first (appropriately titled “Young”), is a vaguely pretentious, abstract quasi-narrative concerning a young man’s meditation on the loss of home and the assassination of a superhero known only as The Flyboy.

“Ozymandias” is a stop-motion animated short inspired by Percy Shelley’s poem of the same title. It tells the story of a fallen hero who must cope with living static as the world around him changes.

Cat gut your tongue?

November 30, 2008

“Gutted”, a short fable about the unfortunate effects of anthropomorphism.  Produced in January of ’07.