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Mather / Stanley Pickle

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Vicky Mather’s well awarded 2010 Stanley Pickle has been released in its full version online. The film’s expressive choreography, story, lighting, and art as individual elements are strong and playfully inventive. Their synergy together, though, is really a film-making tour de force for Director Vicky Mathers. Reanimation and warping the passage of time are classic stop mo themes, both freshly approached in this sweetly sardonic piece. Read on for a detailed interview on the production Mathers gives to Film Industry Network.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole is a stop-motion animated television series created for [adult swim] by Dino Stamatopoulos, creator of Moral Orel.

The first season consisted of ten 15-minutes episodes and began airing on [adult swim] on June 27, 2010.

The show is produced at Shadow Machine in Los Angeles, California. Shadow Machine also produces Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum and Robot Chicken: Star Wars.

Visit the official [adult swim] site.


SERIES TITLE: Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Scott Adsit, Mark Rivers
PRODUCED BY: Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico
CAPTURE SOFTWARE: Dragon Stop Motion

Typophile Film Festival Opening Titles animated with Dragon Stop Motion

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

Brent Barson and a team of design students and faculty at BYU created the opening titles for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. The stop motion animation sequences were created with Dragon Stop Motion, the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 40D.

The title sequence was recently featured on Motionographer.com

We asked Brent about his experience using Dragon Stop Motion:

“It enabled us to do things I would have thought impossible. Like the ability to load line up images and movies; doing the ‘beauty’ scene without an overlay movie would have been, well, very difficult. The ability to control our Canon Mark II 5D and 40D with it was amazing. And the keyboard shortcuts were essential. It is so obvious that it was made by people who do this exact thing all the time.”

Cinematographer Wynn Burton had this to say about Dragon Stop Motion:

“Hands down I think the best feature is that it lets you shoot in full-res RAW and keeps all your files organized for you. Not that we did a ton in post, but the possibilities for post-editing are unbelievable. Totally opens up stop-motion to be more about composing and making the subject beautiful rather than worrying about the process.

Most of what we shot could never have been done without it—particularly previewing capabilities and easy keyboard navigation.”

Exploding Motor Car : Ohbijou – New Years Music Video

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Exploding Motor Car (http://www.explodingmotorcar.ca) used Dragon Stop Motion to shoot animation sequences for their latest music video production. The video for Ohbijou combines live action and stop motion animation to create a vivid, volcanic landscape.

Ohbijou - New Years Video

Ohbijou - New Years Video

Brett Long, the director and animator for project, describes the role of Dragon Stop Motion:

“We shot all of our stop motion sequences with a Canon 40D, which worked flawlessly with the Dragon Stop Motion software. Our project involved combining live action with stop-motion sequences. We spent two weeks in production with two animators, using many of the features Dragon offers. It allowed us to pull up reference frames to match lighting conditions as well as plug in numbers to calculate the slow camera moves. It is a fast and efficient tool, but what is most impressive about Dragon is the care and reliability of the tech support team.”
Ohbijou - New Years #2

Ohbijou - New Years Video

Cinematographer Drew Fortier talks about what sets Dragon Stop Motion apart:

“Dragon has a simple and thought-out interface that results in a fast and efficient workflow for any cinematographer looking to work in stop motion. With quick and easy access to a complex set of features, you are able to concentrate on the content you are creating, spending less time trying to figure out how to capture it. It truly is the leading software for stop motion, to be sought after by novices and professionals alike.”

Click here to watch the video at Exploding Motor Car’s YouTube channel.


United States of Tara Title Sequence

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Tara Set

Tara Screenshot

During the last couple months I have been working on a the title sequence for the new Showtime series “United States of Tara”. The show stars Toni Collette and was written by Diablo Cody. The idea of the show came from executive producer Steven Spielberg.

The Tara team wanted to have a paper pop-up style opening credits. We worked closely with Tara writer Dave Finkle on the boards and overall concept.

We had a top notch crew working around the clock which included the amazing illustrator Alex Juhazs, the unstoppable stop-motion animator Anthony Scott and the die hard Morgan Hay running the art department and kicking everyone’s ass to get it done. The job was produced through Duck Studios (L.A.) and shot in my satellite studio in Ojai CA.

We shot primarily with the Canon 40D and an iMac running Dragon Stop Motion 1.1. We also used a Nikon D300 and a Mac Pro so we could work in tandem.

We shot everything stop motion and built many working pop-up pages to show the different personalities that Tara shifts into during the first season.

I will be back to post more about these titles after they’re broadcast next week.

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