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Mark D. Wolf’s ‘The Age of Mammal’s’ (1981)

November 18, 2013

Quote from Uncle LIO (at undisclosed distant location) - “I know that Stop Motion & classic-style special effects should look ‘forward in advancing’, applying more creative & fresh approaches/techniques so that our products can still be viable, competitive, & marketable … BUT … for the Ol’ Schooler’s, here is a rarity that I have never seen before. This was a 10 minute project for educational purposes, ‘The Age of Mammal’s’, the principle person was Mark D. Wolf who the ol’ timers may recognize his name.  He goes back to the mid 1970’s in stop motion & FX circles. I have a few old Cinefantastique magazine from the late 1970’s and I think  Mark Wolf was the author of some articles for CF mag. My only minor quibble with Age of Mammals, might be the animated cavemen, which are a little rough compared to the more expertly executed stop motion creatures.”

Shot on 16mm MOVIE FILM and before animation pre-visualization tools such as the video or computer capture frame-grabbers. The film’s image quality on Youtube is somewhat low quality, likely due to maybe, it not having higher quality film-to-digital transfer nor any digital restoration. Names associated with ‘The Age of Mammal’s’ – Mark D Wolf, Doug Beswick, Jim Aupperle, Ernie Farino, Tony McVey

Posted by LIO’s Nephew

LINKS - Age of Mammal’s discussion at a forum (including photos)

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Films - Shorts - Animation, Miniatures - Models - Puppets, Puppet Animation, Special Effects, Stop Motion | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Mark D. Wolf’s ‘The Age of Mammal’s’ (1981)”

  1. Tony McVey says:

    Haven’t seen this in many years. Mark asked me to make the Brontosaurus and Allosaurus, which I decided to fashion after the One Million Years BC puppet, just to see how close I could get to the original.That particular design dates back to O’Bie’s unproduced Valley of the Mist, for which Ray did concept artwork.
    Both puppets were cast in foam latex with aluminum wire armatures, and I eventually made both the Smilodon and Megatherium too. The cat had a ball and Socket armature, primarly using chain links and the sloth had a jointed skeleton cobbled together from various parts both old and new. Both had built up bodies with cast foam heads and paws and I covered the cat with kangaroo fur, and I believe I used dyed rabbit fur for the sloth. The Glyptodon was made by my fellow Museum model maker John Holmes, and I think the remaining animal and human puppets were made by Mark Wolf, although he may have had help with the foam casting, maybe from Doug Beswick.

  2. StopmoNick says:

    WooHoo, it’s working now! I had no idea this film existed, thanks for bringing it to our attention LIO!
    Actually, those humans were a lot rougher than mine. But nice work on a lot of those early mammals!
    While I was at Youtube watching it, I saw a link to my full half hour doco under similar videos, with the incorrect title of Prehistoric Australia.

  3. StopmoNick says:

    I don’t know the name Mark D Wolf, but the others are certainly familiar!
    I’m not seeing any video, just a blank black space… Tried going to my Youtube page and got error, “team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with it”, so it must be a temporary Youtube issue. I’ll check back later.
    When I made my prehistoric epic (1991-93 which just about qualifies as prehistoric times itself, it was Before Computers), I built a couple of human puppets but decided to never show them directly, just shadows. All my animation was rough back then, but it was less acceptable with the humans.

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