ABC News recently reported the rescue of a sloth who was found clinging to a guard rail post off a highway in Ecuador. The little critter was returned to the wild safely. It's a real life Potty Time rescue, minus the capybaras.
Making of Monday! Every Monday, I'll post about how a bit of The Walker was made. Because of The Walker's graphic/unrealistic character designs and functional demands, I had to do a lot of experimentation to achieve the look and movement I wanted for the film. Building off of standard stop motion puppet craft, each puppet has some interesting features that I came up with from scratch.
A large number of materials went into creating Dorothy's head. Starting with a wood ball and polymer clay (standard stop motion supplies), I had to get creative when it came to giving Dorothy a range of expressions and making her hair animate-able. The resulting puppet involves magnetic discs transformed into little old lady glasses with the help of epoxy putty and styrene, rare earth magnet pupils painted with nail polish, and even a custom wig cap. (The hair is a whole other story for another day.)
Little Dino sings the gist of Michael Jackson's Thriller. Happy Halloween!
We (one human and one puppet) are excited to travel to Glendora, CA, to celebrate the one and only big green dude. The Walker will be a part of a short film competition screening all day Saturday and Sunday. More info at gumbyfest.net!
At the screening, the audience was in the palm of Dorothy's tiny latex hand. We had a great time in PDX and hope to visit again soon!
Dorothy and I are on our way to make our Pacific Northwest debut at the Portland Film Festival!
When: Saturday, September 5 at 11:30am
Where: Laurelhurst Theater
Tickets and more info: portlandfilmfestival.com
My little old lady will be showing her little old lady butt in the big apple as a part of 2015's Animation Block Party! Tickets are available here.