Friday, August 22, 2014

Me in a time lapse captured while shooting The Boxtrolls

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Boxtrolls International Trailer

The Boxtrolls International Trailer 1 is out

I did the stop-motion animation in the shots at 1:29, 1:43, 2:04 (holding the little box shot), and 2:06 (birds-eye-view shot).

*Elements stated above are the extent of my contribution to this trailer. All rights reserved to Laika and Focus Features

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Boxtrolls Trailer 2

The next trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls is out!

This has some nice behind-the-scenes, backed by a smart music choice. One of my shots made it into this one, it is the overhead shot of the boxtrolls at the 1:04 mark. I animated the 4 adorable boxtrolls centered here:

I know all of their boxtroll names, but I don't think I can say them until the film is out. They've each got their own personality, not that you get much from this short clip. I'm told this trailer will show before Disney's Frozen.

*Elements of the single shot stated above are the extent of my contribution to this trailer. All rights reserved to Laika and Focus Features

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Boxtroll Teaser is here

Laika is giving the world a sneak peek at the next feature in a short teaser to show in the previews before Despicable Me 2. But if you can't make it to the theater, you can view it online here:



*I had no input into the trailer and poster. They are both owned by Laika and Focus Features

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

An Animated Life

Today we say goodbye to a very special man. Ray Harryhausen has passed away at the age of 92, and with him passes a golden era in stop-motion and special effects history. Ray inspired and influenced countless filmmakers, animators, puppet-makers and special effects artists around the world, including myself. Ray transformed my curiosity about stop-motion into utter fascination. His book, An Animated Life became my bible; from 2010 to 2011 I lived by the good book of Ray, and it still remains my most treasured hardcover that I own to this day. Its safe to say that I would never have made Scrap Metal without the inspiration I received from Ray's work. He was a modern renaissance master of his medium, and it still boggles my mind to think that he animated 7 skeletons without a frame-grabber. That sequence still holds up today. It's sad to see you go Ray, but I will always have your films to bring me joy and to continue inspiring me. Thank you for everything, you truly lived an animated life. Say hi to Ray Bradbury for us.

-Good bye.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Watch Scrap Metal in 3D!

Scrap Metal is now available to view in 3D exclusively only on Youtube! And its not that fancy-pants, polarized 3D crap you see now. No, this is Sheridan Scope - hard core, blue-and-red, 50's monster-flick 3D where the colours are all screwed up, but you don't mind in this case cause its all nostalgic and junk! So dig out those old 3D glasses you cut out of your cereal box 15 years ago and put them to good use!

*NOTE: After launching the video, click the 'change quality' icon, which is the little gear in the lower, right-hand corner and change the video to 720p for best resolution, then click the little 3D icon which will then appear just left of this icon. You get some 3D options, I'd suggest 'full colour'. For best results watch in full-screen and, if this embed gives you any trouble, just click the little YouTube icon in the lower-right corner to go straight to the YouTube page. 


Friday, December 21, 2012

Scrap Metal takes on the World!

Well, its midnight, December 21, 2012. The Mayans predicted the end of the world and here it is... in the form of my stop-motion film, Scrap Metal!

Merry Doomsday! And a happy New Year!