Comment by Strider on August 31, 2012 at 7:35pm

Thanks Bernardo! 

They do look a bit like the Red Nose Studio puppets, don't they? The heads were made by a talented artist named Scott Radke, who has a style somewhat similar to Chris's (of Red Nose). 

Comment by vitriol on August 31, 2012 at 8:17pm

Scott Radke's popularity really seems to have grown, as well!
Always wondered how you managed such a commission and your personal reasons behind this decision.

How/when did you discover him?

Was his body of work extensive at the time?

Love his faces, I could stare at this piece for hours:

Comment by Bernardo Marinho on September 1, 2012 at 9:05am

Dopeeee! Love his sculptures, and Chris! Chris has been a major influence in my sculpting, so shall Scott be!

Thanks Bernardo! 

They do look a bit like the Red Nose Studio puppets, don't they? The heads were made by a talented artist named Scott Radke, who has a style somewhat similar to Chris's (of Red Nose). 

Comment by Strider on September 2, 2012 at 9:47am

Ok, I'll tell the story of how this project came to be..

He did have a lot of work behind him at the time - it was ineither 2006 or maybe 2005 that I discovered his site (and Red Nose Studio around the same time). Don't remember how, probably just surfing for cool sculptures. Ok - you've inspired me to go back and dig up the blog post where I discussesd this: http://www.darkstrider.net/dec09_2005.html

From my original blog - I don't think there were simple cut-n-paste type blog sites around at the time (that I knew of anyway), and I was hand-coding it all in HTML - rather labor-intensive. But I do love looking back at it now and then - wow, I was so enthusiastic in those days! Anyway, if you scroll down a little on thas page you'll see my entry called The Rad-Meister where I explain it. Essentially I did a puppet tutorial using a head I had made by copying Scott's style, and one of his fans must have seen it and told him about it. At first he was pretty angry, but when I appologized and offered to add a disclaimer stating that I had freely copied his style and a link to his site he was totally cool about it, and in fact said that he'd love to do a collaboration with me. 

I replied that I would love to commission some heads from him but couldn't afford it, and he said no, he meant a collaboration, not a commission. he just wanted to work together on something. So we whipped up a quick idea, he made a little box full of heads and sent them to me, and ever since then I've been fumbling around trying to finish the film at a level that does justice to his incredible work. Lol, it's been six freakin'years now - he probably figures I just blew it off. 

Comment by Bernardo Marinho on September 2, 2012 at 12:15pm

I don't tjhink that syle is his.... to me its russian illustration and sculpture!

Comment by Keith Ray on September 2, 2012 at 6:23pm

Nice video! The lightening looked fine to me. Like you say, the puppet heads are probably a bit too close to the camera. Focus effect looked good. Pan looked good. And, I liked the shallow depth of field. Camera does a good job. Nice pics. The max video size on YouTube is 1920 x 818. Is this the frame size you uploaded? If so, how did you decide on that size?

Comment by Strider on September 2, 2012 at 8:23pm

818? Really? Weird... it should be 1920 x 803. 

I'm using an aspect ratio of 2.39 x 1, which is a standard size for a lot of movies. I don't know how YouTube managed to change it to 1920 x 818... 

Comment by Strider on September 2, 2012 at 8:25pm

Ah - I guess the 818 includes the black bars top and bottom. 

Comment by vitriol on September 3, 2012 at 12:19am

Thanks for the insight!

Amazing! Always assumed it was a straight up commission. 

Such a good idea for renown or established sculptors to collaborate with Stop-Motion Animators. Love to see similar from the likes of Alex CF, Marc Petit or Olivier de Sagazan

Comment by Dave Jones on September 3, 2012 at 3:02am

This looks pretty good. I had always assumed the models were designed by you...and Ive just now spent the last while checking out Scott Radke's back-catalog. What a great body of work. Like Chris Riddle's stuff (and even Amanda Louise Spayd who made "the Maker" puppets) it does have an eastern european feel. Why is that exactly? Its very much the opposite of the whole translucent puppet thing in that other thread I suppose. Ive got a lot of time for both schools of puppet design I guess. And what youve done with the puppets completely does justice to the designs, the lighting and the sets, the depth of field. Im excited to see this all come together.

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