Monday, April 24, 2006

See Misha in a puppet suit....

My dear old friend and fellow stopmo crafter Misha Klein has released the first scene from his amazing personal film for your viewing pleasure. Misha is an insanely talented animator with a unique style that blends cartoon with sublime, inner-motivated character acting. He puts all of himself into his scenes, and the result for people who know him, is that his character "Fred" often takes on the appearance of Misha in a puppet suit.

Go check out "The Hallway" at his new website, and while you are there, click the "Other" section. It contains a quick glimpse of his student film from 12 or so years back, and also samples of Misha's amazing clay on glass animation.

Go to Misha's website!

Monday, April 10, 2006

On deck.

I finally got out to the studio this weekend and banged out a couple short shots on my current set up. When I am setting up a shot, I like to get as much of the needed gear up and out of my way- so it is just me and the puppet under the lights, sharing a moment. All my lights are either hung from the ceiling or on stands behind the set, so there is no walking on cords and bumping lights during the shot. Better still- I manage to put the camera on the actual surface of the stage as much as possible, to get the tripod out of my way as well. I find that the less stuff you have to think about avoiding contact with during a shot, the better the animation turns out. Stopmo Feng Shui!