2.25.2011

Fates: Lachesis and Atropos


Chugging along on my Fates puppets, just about done with Lachesis (the measurer, the mother) and Atropos (the cutter, the crone). Clotho (the spinner, the maiden) will be the most difficult because her arms and legs are exposed and so she requires more layers of latex buildup, and some kind of rig up her arms that I can feed thread through for the spinny effect in animation ( I'm thinking of using cut up coffee-stirrer straws, a piece hidden behind each of her fingers, I plan on creating the shot as close as possible to that drawing I posted in the previous entry)...


Those shears are one of my favorite props to date, definitely one I am most proud of. I was racking my brain trying to figure out how to make them so they would be completely functional, got to playing with some floral wire and it all just sort of worked. I trimmed some bits of the wire, about the same gauge as standard armature wire, pounded the ends flat, trimmed them 'sharp' with wire cutters, created a hole in the center of each piece by hammering a straight pin through (very difficult but not impossible), and then connected the pieces by inserting a straight pin to act as the screw. I'll try to remember to post more detailed pics...

2.23.2011

NW Animation Festival


The NW Animation Festival is a new film fest being spearheaded by Portland animator Sven Bonnichsen. He has some fantastic ideas, including touring a "Best of the Fest" lineup throughout the year. If you are an animator, help him make this festival a success by submitting a film!! Personally, I'll be creating something new to submit, but you can send in any film any length from any point in your career as an animator. Read more at the website:



My plan is this: finish shooting the cemetery scene for Unearthed this week, strike the set, and begin production on a new short for the fest based on a Roman myth called "Pyramus & Thisbe", a bloody tale of forbidden love which will be presented by the Fates. I've been wanting to turn my Fates into puppets for awhile and have had a blast working on them over the last couple of days. Stay tuned for more...
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