Hello All!
Wanted to let you know about a new short film I am making entitled Steel Cut Oats.
I don't usually ask for help when it comes to my personal projects, but I finally bit the bullet and I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the necessary funds for this one, as it is far more ambitious than anything I can self-produce.

I'm pleased to be collaborating with some exceedingly talented members of the stop-mo community on this, including the amazing Ron Cole and several amazing colleagues from Stoopid Buddy and Laika. 

Steel Cut Oats - Kickstarter Campaign
I'm really looking to the animation community for help with this one. Oats is an incredibly ambitious undertaking and the more you can help me spread the word about it the better!
Thank you in advance for taking a look.

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Some new character designs for Steel Cut Oats, hot off the presses! Which one you guys like best? Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.
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I think you had it right in the sculped version, so No. 2. No.1 is too frankenstein, 3 too cute, 4 too froggy, and 5 too Oogie Boogie.
I loved the set design in the Paul Weggener Der Golem film, but never liked the look of the golem himself. This is a much better look. I thought of making a stopmo Golem but shelved it when I heard that Jiri Barta was working on one. (I don't think he ever managed to raise the funding.) then I thought about a contempoary twist on the idea instead, as you have done, and I think that is a good approach. A porridge golem, love it!
I keep thinking I'm pretty much over this crowdfunding thing, but then along comes a project I like the look of, like this one! Personally I'm not much into postcards and fridge magnets and most of the perks people offer, it's seeing the film that counts, so I'll check out where that comes in on your list and probably chip in.

Thanks for the feedback, Nick! I'm a big fan of your work and really appreciate your creative input.

I had no idea Barta was working on a Golem film! That's something I would've loved to see.

And I agree with you about postcards and magnets, haha. I'm trying to keep most of my rewards directly related to the production of the film (props, original artwork, etc.) A streaming link to the completed film starts at the $10 tier-- Thanks in advance for checking it out!

You have a cool looking project Harry. Well designed Kickstarter page and video. My take on the designs: 2,3,& 4 could all be used depending on the expression needed. 

Thanks so much for checking it out, Anthony! I appreciate the feedback.

Anthony Scott said:

You have a cool looking project Harry. Well designed Kickstarter page and video. My take on the designs: 2,3,& 4 could all be used depending on the expression needed. 

Jiri Barta's Golem trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJFhiQMB8I  After some live footage of what might be Rabbi Loewe on the streets of Prague, swarming with modern day tourists, there is some low relief clay animation - a bit like oil paint on glass technique - blended with all sorts of other things.  A very different approach, and a different tale to yours, so even if it was going ahead there would be no reason to be put off.  

Now back to the actual topic of this thread:  Just chipped in my feeble amount, so good luck with the funding, hope you reach your goal!  

That Barta clip is amazing! Thanks for sharing it. I've never seen that low relief technique used in quite that way. Almost looks like clay rotoscoping....

And thank you so much for supporting the campaign, Nick!

I have to say, seeing Ron Cole is involved did tip the balance in your favour!

Cool. Backed!

Thanks so much for the support, Chris!

Here's a simple build-up tutorial I posted yesterday for anyone who may be interested :)

very inspiring tutorial!

harry, this tutorial is awesome! great to see strange ish shaped puppets being made, thank you. if you are still looking for feedback on the golem, i agree that the original sculpt has the best feel, but i think it could stand more, lumpiness?  a combination of the squatness of head 4 and the asymmetry of head 5? anyway i really like the contrast of the aged browns and nuclear greens in your film so far, it really carries that past/future feel. cant wait to see more

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