Set Thumbnails

I found some thumbnails from when I took a stop motion set design class last spring.  Before considering colors, textures, and lighting, we had to start with a very strong foundation.  Numbering helps make note-taking a whole lot simpler.  Some thumbnails are studies on where I want to try to lead the eye.  It’s an exercise out of Create Your Own Stage Sets by Terry Thomas.

It was very collaborative, the design being the responsibility of the sets class while another class was simultaneously developing the story and the design of the characters.  We had some days where both classes overlapped to make sure we were all on the same page.

It’s so exciting to see how closely the finished product resembles the early renderings.

photo by Sophya

Community Christmas Episode, Photos!

Sophya Vidal and I working on a mountain. Photo by Nicole Emmons.

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Fifteen seconds of stop motion. All the way through.

Community Christmas Episode

I was in Burbank for 2 weeks as an intern for this very special episode of Community.  NBC has put up some behind-the-scenes videos and here is one of them.  I was lucky enough to be there on the day they filmed actor interviews.  It was my last day, and I got to conclude my internship by getting to animate my very own shot.  :D

Don’t forget to watch Community Thursday evening the 9th on NBC!


Fresnel Beam of Light

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Ultraviolet Coral

UV-activated stop-motion set.


A Clay Hand

A fresh clay hand with a prop on the set.



Armature wire, copper wire, cold weld, k&s brass tubing, embroidery floss, foam, latex, and superglue. Six hours later I have one animatable ponytail.



Getting some one-on-one lip-sync lessons, as it pertains to using replacement faces and getting it to look smooth and have a flow when you only have ten shapes (it was amazing), I doodled during a long period of downtime and pinned this up next to the storyboards.

Drying Wigs

Fabrication Tests

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