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A Whopping 15 Seconds. September 21, 2015

Here is a whopping 15 seconds of animation from the new project, Lingua Absentia.  All animation is in camera shot on a multi-plane animation stand with 2d, jointed, paper puppets.  Stay tuned!  There’s more to come!

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Blizard of ’11 February 7, 2011


The Blizzard of 2/2/2011 violently blanketed Chicago with snow. It was the third largest snow storm in Chicago’s history. This exercise looks at Chicago’s empty streets filled with a violent snow storm while on the other side of the world violent protests in the streets of Cairo, Egypt call for the resignation of President Mubarak.
Shot entirely out the front window of my 2nd floor apartment with a Sony TRV-900.

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Helios’ Flying Studio November 19, 2010

Helio's Flying Studio
More time, more detail, more characters.
Here is a pre-production shot of Eadweard Muybridge’s cameo. Before Muybridge revolutionized the photographic process with his high speed shutter he honed his skills as a landscape photographer. Eadweard sold his early photos under the pseudonym Helios, after the Greek god of the sun.
Here he races through the poppy field scene on his famous “flying studio.” I suppose he’s off to Yosemite to photograph a fissure.

Eagle Rock fissure, Stereograph photo by Muybridge

Eagle Rock fissure, Stereograph photo by Muybridge

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Tromp L’Oeil September 5, 2009

I’m forever fascinated by the way point of view influences how an image is perceived. Take these two images for example. The first is a birds-eye view of the animation table. The process of the image is laid bare exposing the construction elements of the set.

High Mesa Animation Table
High Mesa Animation Table
high-mesa-sunset

High Mesa Sunset Composited

Now consider the next shot. The angle is carefully chosen to hide the structural elements leaving only the clean facade of the intended image. Add to that dramatic lighting and a composited background and you have movie magic!

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