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‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’: Relaxing Behind the Scenes

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Of course, we all have viewed a plethora of documentary-like or featurettes such as ‘making ofs’ regarding animation, special effects, and similar. Just speaking of documentaries ‘in general’ (not related to FX & animation), I also always liked, when there was minimal narration and without too much or frantic editing … just let the raw [...]

From Uruguay: ‘Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe’ (2012) – Stop Motion feature

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

This has been making the news rounds at other online venues such as Facebook and perhaps, unknown to the general American movie goers/audiences, because USA is maybe ‘Me’ Ego-Centric? If news does not happen here in America, it does not exist? This is an all puppet Stop Motion Feature being made in the [...]

‘Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Drama: Odyssey of a Trick Filmmaker’ by Jim Danforth

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Among the hardcore Dynamationists-Harryhauseners, a long awaited book memoir/autobiography from Special Effects Artist Jim Danforth who maybe was somewhat in the shadow of  Ray Harryhausen. As in the classic movie, ‘On the Waterfront (1954)’ …”Jim could have been a contender!” and he certainly was within the niche of special effects artists & fans that have [...]

Make Build-Up Puppet Heads & Beginners Simple Stop Motion Puppets

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

These are newest contributions from Nick Hilligoss and John Ikuma (Stop Motion Magazine). All self explanatory … Nick’s video might be a little fast but you can always pause or replay ….

I have stated in past, so much information available now (compared to pre-internet) for beginners to learn about stop motion how-to. Here are previous [...]

Speaking of Dragons – Stop Motion Eborsisk from ‘Willow’ (1988)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Seeing Phil Tippett’s just released digital restoration of ‘Prehistoric Beast’ made me nostalgic again for the good old days of hand-made, tactile real special effects.  The Eborsisk creature, a very non-typical dragon, not the flying kind but still spewing the almighty flames via its throat/oral cavity and also, it has two heads!  A unique design [...]

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