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. :)
Are you working via FTP or Dropbox?
that's cool I love the use of magnets
Ron Cole said:
I need joints that are too small to be cheap to buy so I'm making them with magnets. I've done that before, when a puppet has obvious joints (like a bug or a skeleton) that doesn't need to pull rubber or too much weight needs to be made, magnets work great as a substitute for a hinge.
I finished sculpting the body and legs of this spider today (no head or claws yet) and I'm particularly proud of the design and way it came out. I've already exceeded the entire working budget of this short film IF I were to charge them for that but I don't really much care... I saw the director's first film and I trust he will do a good enough job to merit the work I'm putting into this.
I recently turned 52 years old and I've been feeling distraught about my future in this 'business'... there are desperately few film projects to work on that require my skills and I just got a good feeling about this one, so I've been treating it and working on it like it was a hundred million dollar film. I NEED this to be awesome.
Okay so here's the deal, I know the director would likely be angry with me for sharing things from the film but... StopMotionAnimation.com has never been a 'pop' website and it's just really a group of friends devoted to this glorious artform that we love, so I'm going to share things here I probably shouldn't.
This is an image I digitally painted of a character from the film I will be creating. The script only called for a rock face on a mountain and I introduced the lava element because I thought lava would make moving rock more believable...
Spec-frickin-tacular, dude! The director's knees should buckle after seeing that. Can't wait to see it move!
Stop motion is such an interesting art form- there are already so many films lost to history since our art is over 100 years old. There's no place for it in this amped up, fast paced world of ours. What you are doing Ron will fade into the mists of history with much, great style. thanks for the updates. Ultimately all art is striving towards vanity- like assembling a pile of sand in the blowing winds of entropy. but you just can't help but animate.
I love the lava idea! There is always a contradiction in rigid statues that move, like Talos, but this justifies it nicely. And it will look very different than Will Vinton's claymation Nome King in Return to Oz. It will need to be translucent silicone with strong backlighting to give it that glow, but certainly do-able and totally worth it.
That's exactly my plan, you know me too well Nick. I have three major challenges on this film. I have no clue if I can reach the bar on all three... but I'm giving it a go.