I'm very excited about a new short film I've been asked to work on, it's a live action fantasy film called 'The Guardian'. The film's director contacted me about one particular animated creature in the film but when I read the script I wanted to do two more of the other characters in the film because I felt they were totally suited to be stop motion characters, would be pretty unique as stop motion creations and both have speaking rolls... the director was convinced I was right.

It's a small budget production but, there's enough money to make it well worth my investment because the director's past works impressed me and the characters are EXACTLY the types of characters I've wanted to animate for years.

Over the past few years there have been other low budget films that have requested my participation that I've turned down because they don't quite fit where I want to go an where I'd like to take this artform... this one fits.

I can't say much about it for obvious reasons but there are 3 characters that are all very different visually and will each present their own technical challenges and I fully intend to meet and exceed those challenges to create some amazing stuff for you to see. One is completely non-humanoid, the next is kind of a humanoid thing with a speaking roll and the last isn't even made out of anything that should be a living thing and that one will surely be the most cool.

It's been a long time since I was last excited about a film project because of it's content but this one has boosted my creative juices into gear. I've spoken with the director numerous times and am quite confident that he will produce a very entertaining film and he's equally as excited about having realistic stop motion special effects in his film.

It's 'only' a short film but when short films are great, they can be the beginning of a revolution and I'm feeling very good about this one. I've been waiting years for a project like this. :)

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This sounds great, I look forward to seeing what you do for it.  And I'm absolutely sure you will make the stop motion a real highlight of the film!

Yay, Ron! It makes a huge difference when you finally get to do something you've been looking forward to for a long time. I have a feeling that sleep may be a hurdle for your excitement. :D

I had a film planned for the spider armature I created a while back but, the script for this film called for a fantasy spider creature so, that's what I'm sculpting on now. The short film I was planning for this armature was likely never going to be made because that would involve me commanding real people to make a live action film... that's not really my best roll.

This is one of the armatures I'll be using for this film... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONI8LYTgevw

It doesn't pay well in term of dollars but, I think it's  good investment because I believe in the director.

Spider armature and animation is AWESOME! How are you doing tie downs?



I love how this works... The last section of the legs are made of knitting needles and I grind a tiny hole like the eye of a needle through the tip. I drill a very small hole through the table and slip a strong fishing line up through, put it through the hole in the tip of the leg and then back down through the table. Under the table I tie a knot in the line and hand a weight on it.

What's awesome about that is that it locks the 'feet' down while still allowing the leg to move around on that spot.

Thanks Prammaven.   I didn't know animated avatars were working on this site again!

That spider is amazing!

It's getting more amazing as I type this because it's getting a shell now. This will be no ordinary spider.



thanks for sharing to spider picture,,will the characters you making have some of your facial mechanisms?

Ron, Your art and technique are always inspiring. I bet this film will be great!

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