Hi everyone,

I recently re-newed my membership to stopmotionanimation.com.  Earlier this year I machined an armature for a hydra, which I based on Ray Harryhausen's hydra from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.  Most of my FB friends have already seen this, but I thought I would post them here at Anthony's site, if anyone here would like to see it.  The tail isn't as long as the original puppet from the film, however.  I've never seen what Ray's actual armature for the hydra looked like, so I just made the parts to fit inside the puppet; it's mostly ball and socket joints.

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Tom, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. It sounds like it was a tough go but you seem to be on the mend. It's great to have you here on the new site. I've found the change of format much more exciting.

To touch on my last question, will the final production of Labyrinth be in Stopmotion even if the trailer is CG.

Hi Lenny,

I would like for the feature to be in stop-motion, yes, but the script has page-after-page of dialogue.  If I had my choice (and the money) I would shoot the film in live-action with green screen.  The screenplay that I've written is really a tragedy, which live-actors love sinking their teeth into.  Can a tragedy be done in stop-motion?  Possibly, but it would have to rely heavily on a good story and music to pull it off, and in doing so, reach a larger audience to re-coup the investment.

Got it Thanks!

Well Tom, since I am close, if you need help in anything that I could do let me know.

Woah, I just found the post where you said you got prostate cancer...Glad to hear you've come through some stuff and are doing better! Hang in there man!

Hey man, it's cool. I too liked the movie JOHN CARTER. It is awesome in my opinion.


Tom Brierton said:

Hi Matt,

Thank you. Yes, I, too, liked the concept of the multi-armed ape from the original story. I didn't entirely dislike JOHN CARTER, and I enjoy most of Andrew Stanton's films, particularly WALL-E. It has simply some of the best mime performance animation I've ever seen.

Would be amazing and a extreme to animate the hydra puppet!!

Hi David,

I have created an account with Etsy, so yes, it's me posting my armatures.  I recently decided to try and tap into the non-film market (art collectors, for example), and my wife thought Etsy would be a good choice for doing that, selling armatures as fine art sculpture.

 

Much as I would LOVE to have that baby, I'd suspect I probably would display it as art, as there's no way I'd ever be able to make a finished puppet that would look half as good as the armature itself. 

Oh, well. Being somewhat impoverished does have it's advantages. I don't have to make the tough decisions. :)

I love the balanced anatomy of this armature..great skull too. Quad armed ape screams stop motion!

Tom Brierton said:

Hi Lenny,

Here are some pics of the 4-armed gorilla armature (loosely inspired from the character of the John Carter book, A Princess of Mars).  It's just my take on it; your basic gorilla with an extra set of arms.  I think I built three or four of these a few years ago, and sold two .

Hi Tom, long time no see!  Lori and I have thought about you often.  Hope you are well!

Wow, Tom! That's wonderful!

Best,

Rick

 

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