Saturday, September 30, 2006


Here's a shot from a Chilis commercial I had the pleasure of animating. The characters were disc jockeys in a radio station. They were made out of silicone rubber with wire armatures so they were not the best characters to animate. The headphones kept slipping off and their bodies were pretty slick from some kind of oil we had to use to make them look shiny. We had a great wrap party at a local Chilis restaurant when the commercial was finished and we got to eat lots of free food! They're famous for their baby back ribs and people around the studio got the theme song stuck in their heads so once in a while you'd hear somebody singing, "I want back....BABY back....BABY BACK..ribs" I guess you'd have to have been there :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Crazy Noid!

This is a couple frames from that "wizard" commercial I posted a few days ago. The Noid gets zapped by his own wand. I made flat cardboard cut-outs and dipped them in melted purple clay then used them as replacements for the Noid's cape. I'd shoot one frame then put in another cut-out with a different shape and did this for 24 frames.I also animated him into crazy positions as each frame of animation was taken. Running at speed it gave the impression he was getting shocked. These picture are all that I have left of these props. I don't know what ever became of these characters.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Ninja Turtles

We did a commercial for "Crunch-a-bungas" (a snack food) and we used Ninja Turtles for the main characters. They were really fun to sculpt and they seemed like a natural for stop motion. Most of the bodies were made of foam latex and the heads were clay. The swords were made of polished aluminum with leather wrapped handles. They had simple lead wire armatures but I was still able to get a lot of motion out of them. This guy had an "L" on his belt. The others had an "M" and an "R".If you know your turtles you'll know what each of those stand for! The set designers did a great job and this main set was over six feet deep.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

3-D !

Here's one of the original tickets used for the premier of the "Raisins sold out" at the Fox theater in Oregon 1990. Along with a 3-D image of the band. You'll need the red/green glasses for viewing or maybe a red and green gel or filter would work. The green goes on the right side, red on the left.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kung fu dude

I once had an idea for a short film about an old kung fu dude. The story board was done and a camera was set up at Vinton studios but things got busy, they needed the room and now the old guy just sits on a shelf in my studio. His head is flattened and one of his legs fell off and his black belt is torn but he sits there high on a shelf in the studio looking down at me while I work.

Soldier man??

I was asked to sculpt a toy soldier for a small studio many years ago. I never really knew what commercial it was going to be used for. This is a quick study 14" tall that I did at home in preparation for the real thing. I think it was going to be for an AT & T commercial or some kind of a direct dial phone service company. If anyone knows where it was used or if you've seen this guy anywhere let me know I'm curious.

Clay study

Here's a character study that was done while searching for a certain look. This one was not chosen because it turned out to be too "trampy" and too "sexy" for what the director had in mind. I do not know what ever happened to this sculpt but I did it using Van Aken clay over an aluminum armature.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

More Noids

This is an image from one of my early Noid commercials. The noid had a magic wand and he used it to make the pizzas get cold and shrivel up. He accidental casts a spell on himself and it makes him grow very old with a frosty beard. Anyone know what this commercial was called?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Monday, September 11, 2006

Bark! Bark!

These are dog sculpts done a few years ago for a project that never happened. I don't know what ever became of these little sculpts but they were quick studies and really fun to do.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Character study

Here's a sculpt from when I was first starting out. It's not over the top as far as caricature goes but it's somewhere between realistic and cartoon. It's made out of various colors of Van Aken clay and the eyes were store bought from a doll shop. Does anyone know who it's supposed to be?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Noid mask

I was asked to sculpt a full size Noid head so that it could be used for the Rose Parade in Portland Oregon. This is a photo of the original sculpt and the molding process of building up the "clay wall" so that I could form a separation line.

Will Vinton and his wife rode in a convertible next to the actor that was wearing the noid head. As you can see Spike the rabbit from the Speed Demon video is riding on the back of the convertible as well. Could that be Michael Jackson wearing the rabbit mask? This was many years ago but I still have that big noid head hanging in my garage.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Typhoo tea

This was a fun commercial to animate. The lips jump out of an airplane and parachute to the ground. I don't think the commercial ever showed here in the states but it was a 30 second spot animated in the 1990's.

There was a small electric motor in the airplane's propeller. I powered it up right before each frame of animation was shot and it gave the prop a "motion blur" effect.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Speed Demon

This is a project that I had the pleasure of animating on. It's about six minutes long and it took the entire studio working like crazy to get it done on time. There was a lot of post production work that took place and obviously lots of character design and stop-motion animation. Those that are familiar with Portland will notice that all the night shots of Spike rabbit on the motorcycle were shot right here in Portland. We strapped a camera onto one of the DP's cars and drove around Portland at night shooting background plates.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

3 musketeers!

They had foam latex hats with copper sheeting inside, hard plastic heads with "stick on" mouths made of soft wax, and foam latex bodies with metal armatures. Some of the mouths were made of plastic and they had magnets inside so that they would stick onto the faces that had a piece of metal cast inside the plastic. This worked pretty well except sometimes the orientation of the magnets caused the mouths to move around erratically. The most fun was shooting that scene towards the end where the little musketeer nails the crate shut as the zombies go in. I used several arms and two or three bodies to get that fast multi image "motion blur" look. The hardest scene was # four where the Zombies come walking up over the hill. They had really weak ankles and they wouldn't stand up for very long. At the end of the day about half way through the scene I propped them up with little sticks so they wouldn't fall over. The next morning when I came back to finish the scene all the characters were lying face down because they had fallen over. It took two hours just to get them back in position like they were the day before so I could continue the shot. Oh the joys of animation. My friend Kevin animated on this commercial as well, check out his blog at

"Chocolate factory" set

This is the bare animation set from a late 90's candy bar commercial shown above.
The set was about six feet deep , front to back. Figure out which candy company it is yet?