Well, lots of free time for folks in the arts right now! So I’ve used the time to finish Henry , the stop motion film created by Elizabeth. It's about 15 minutes long, and it has taken eight years(!) from idea to completion. Here's one of Elizabeth's very first test shots of Henry from 2012. We are going to try to get it into a couple of film festivals before we release it on the internet. We're totally green at the festival thing, but figure we've got nothing to lose. After that we'll release it on the internet. Elizabeth built all the puppets and sets, and did a lot of the shooting outdoors, which created some lighting/movement issues, but looks amazing. We can't wait for you to see it! Shooting outside, 2018.
Animation : To fill with life. It is abundantly clear in my stop motion work that I have no formal training in animation. I come to stop motion by way of live puppetry, years and years of physically moving handmade figures of various sizes and kinds through actual (usually cramped) physical space. I can't physically handle the big puppets anymore but stop motion has become a happy alternative. In the late 70's when I began, puppetry was a very small niche on the sidelines of live theater and early television; I've enjoyed watching as the form has shifted and changed, becoming part of the visual vocabulary of the culture. I admire and appreciate the work of artists like Nick Park, Wes Anderson, and Tim Burton, and I look forward to each new film as it appears after years of painstaking work on the part of hundreds of amazing, artists, editors, and animators. The films they create, with their flawless natural movement and perfect miniature worlds, is astonishin