12.29.2006

Jenny Greenteeth, Where Are You?


The year winds to a close, and my mind drifts again and again to the Jenny film. I've spent the last year learning the basics of stop-motion, or some of them anyway :) enough that I am confident now to begin my film.....really begin.....like, filming by the end of 2007....let's recap a little before talking plans.
The Jenny Greenteeth film grew out of my angst over Hurricane Katrina, which struck August 28 2005....in the film, a little girl named Nola, wandering in the woods, stumbles upon a black lake and pier, a broken down fishing community of sorts....she accidentally awakens a witch deep in an underwater cave, and is dragged down to the murky depths for dinner....the film is packed with Katrina metaphor, from Jenny's design and spinning eye to the rotting architecture of the sets.
I am 75% finished my sculpt of Jenny, and have about two months of shelf-life left on my foam latex supply, so hopefully there will be a workable Jenny puppet in the near future....but right now my goal is storyboarding....I have dozens of scenes, sketches, images, ideas, but have yet to really stitch them together into a solid story...I have not completely planned out the action on the pier, for example, and that has to be done soon, before I can even begin to design the pier, much less build it...basically I have the beats, I just need to fill in the inbetweens....

Some new bits.....the area where the pier meets land will be black, a radiating patch of dead grass and earth, an image from Lovecraft....storm clouds will gather slowly as the action unfolds, probably a series of painted backdrops, translucent and backlit, glowy.....there will be scattered rocks and piles of rounded stones, and as Nola reaches for one to skip across the lake, we see that it is actually a skull....

Look forward to more regular blogging, cause things are about to heat up...

12.15.2006

Flashback: 1984

I was digging through old photo albums looking for pics to use for the last of my family's portrait-gifts, and I came across this little gem....these albums are so much more important to me now, as Katrina survivors.....I imagine there aren't many photo albums left in the city...
I used to love Gumby......still do, though I haven't seen any in quite some time...I even liked Prickle and Goo and the little dog that said ......'Nope!'...........but the oldies were my favorite....here I am, age 7.......

12.10.2006

An Update.....

I apologize for the lack of posts/updates/progress, but holiday madness is upon me :) I don't know how I thought I would have time to create and animate the Tree Beast sequence this month, December is always busy for me creatively as I make most of my gifts...this year I'm doing watercolor portraits for the family....two down, six to go....then I've got to edit together the family footage for the year, I am the resident cameraman, and so have video every year of the birthdays, barbeques, etc, which I edit together for Christmas viewing....I usually edit as I go throughout the year, but with stop-mo taking up my life for the last year, now I'm swamped.....so its safe to say there won't be too much going on here until after Christmas....but here are some random thoughts, some things on my mind, and some things....that have not yet come to pass :)

*I originally intended to hustle and complete the entire Tree Beast sequence for the Dec 30 StopMoShorts competition, but I've got a lot of kinks to work out (set floor material, puny man rigs, and puny men) so unfortunately, its not gonna happen....even more unfortunately, I'm all hyped to go Jenny crazy for 2007, so I can't say when we'll be seeing more of the Beast....I give you my word that the 'lumberjack' film will be made....

*I've been reading Camille Paglia's "Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson"....Darkstrider sent it to me a month or so ago, after an email conversation about decadent art, nature, and the female presence in my work.....he thought I'd enjoy it.......he was right.....Its taking me awhile to get through because I keep returning to and rereading and absorbing chapter 1......here's some of my favorite bits, you'll understand why:

"Walking in nature, we see, identify, name, recognize. We say that nature is beautiful. But what is pretty in nature is confined to the thin skin of the globe upon which we huddle. Scratch that skin and nature's daemonic ugliness will erupt...Civilized man conceals from himself the extent of his subordination to nature. But let nature shrug, and all is in ruin."

Reading her views have helped me to understand my life right now, and more importantly, my work...for the first time in my life I feel like I could sit down and write an Artist's Statement, which is something that has been mildly weighing on me since way back in my college days....in fact, I hope to post it after I finish the book...thanks for that Mike :)

*I've been rethinking some of the Jenny film, processing new information...well, tweaking actually....for instance, instead of having Jenny simply chase Nola down the pier, she's actually going to destroy the pier in her fury and hunger, basically ripping it apart as she goes, knocking out support beams, trapping Nola at the end of the pier, away from land, stranded in the black ether on a bit of pier-raft :)
I've also decided....no robot.....remember this conversation? Jenny=Katrina....every aspect of the film should be meaningful.....more coming very soon....

*The year in review.....I've got a lot to say here, a post that'll probably come at the end of the year, but in short.....2006 has been, creatively, one of the richest and most productive years of my life.....

12.04.2006

A New Painting

I started working on a new painting late last week. I've come back to it three or four times, adding new layers, the newest being the white.....not sure where I'm going with this, but then, I never really am....