I recently had the pleasure of creating the stop-motion animation for Tremendosaur’s new sketch, ‘Special Eating Society’.

As one of three teams chosen to participate in the First Annual Funny or Die Sketch Competition, Justin Michael and Jacob Reed (Tremendosaur) had only one week to produce the entire sketch…Which meant I had just a few short days to fabricate, animate, and composite the final shots!  Check it out and vote ‘Funny’ if you like it!

My quick-n-dirty concept sketch for the final shot– Taking inspiration from Bosch and this Belgian School painting of The Temptation of St. Anthony.

The puppets are traditional foam build-ups, with armatures made of aluminum wire and some scrap wood I had lying around. The blue monster’s under-skull is Epoxy with Sculpey teeth. I didn’t have time to sculpt a custom skin-texture so I stippled latex directly onto an orange peel to create his skin. The bird-creature’s body is craft-fur that I glued onto a styrofoam egg and styled with hairspray.  The jaw is latex and cotton. And the fork is just Sculpey, a chopstick, and pieces of a paperclip.

Both the bird-creature’s wings and Baby Cthulu were fabricated by the very talented Michael Granberry.

Screen-shot of the two main puppets before compositing.

Fun Fact: Al, the dinosaur from Bygone Behemoth, makes a cameo in the final sketch, but he’s in disguise… WATCH IT and see if you can spot him!

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Flashbulb Flashback

February 8, 2011

With digital technology fast becoming the gold-standard for modern media, it’s easy to forget that celluloid was, in fact, the only option just a few years ago.  In the spirit of nostalgia, here are a few scans of some good old fashioned prints I made during my high school days.  All double-exposure effects were produced by sandwiching negatives in the darkroom.

The tactile memory of producing these photographs far outweighs their (dubious) artistic merit, but so be it. There was something mysterious and wonderful about the high school darkroom: The distinct smell of photo-chemicals, the slow methodical click of a anachronistic bakelite egg-timer, red light that was somehow both soothing and volatile.  It was sanctuary, a last bastion of privacy in an otherwise painfully public place. Arcane, alchemical, and cool–Where anybody with a camera could go to make art, make out, and find a little peace and quiet.

Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2010

For Evelyn

December 15, 2009

Her name was Evelyn and she married the boy across the street when she was a teenager.

For a long time she painted her eyebrows; her real eyebrows fell out when she was thirty.  Eventually she grew tired of the daily ritual and had them professionally tattooed.  They were just slightly crooked.  She wore her hair in short, silver curls, or “frizz” as she called it.  And she never went outside without her jewelry- one gold bracelet, one gold ring with the initial “E”, her wedding band, wedding ring, and something around her neck I can’t remember.  Her ears were not pierced.  She kept her nails long and polished and nearly always wore a vest with her slacks.

Her husband was a photographer, and she always wondered why she looked like a movie star when he took her picture.  It wasn’t until years later that he confessed he retouched each photo by hand to make her perfect.  After that, she rarely posed for pictures.

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