Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zip Vortex in the Valley of the Rhinotaur

A project I have been involved with over the past couple of years is a stop-motion animated short titled "Zip Vortex in the Valley of the Rhinotaur" (see

This project is a "proof of concept" where multiple characters are animated by 3 separate animators in 3 separate locations around the world. In other words, they are not all working in the same studio at all, so all of the work has to be timed perfectly so they all match together and will be composited together in post-production. I'm not one of the animators, however, I was brought on board to write the musical underscore.

The three animators I met via the Stop-Motion Animation site, the best place for stop-motion news, tip and techniques! You may have seen some of their work online:

Ron Cole (US) -- his short animation, "In the Fall of Gravity", is a masterpiece of stop-motion character animation, and used very elaborate rigs for facial expression. He is currently performing animation chores for the upcoming feature film Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage.

Nick Hilligoss (Australia) -- Nick is a master animator with a fabulous imagination. His most famous piece is "L'Animateur":

He also did a tribute to Ray Harryhausen last year, for which I also wrote music:

Paul McConnochie (Europe) -- Paul is an independent film producer who runs a small studio called Vortex 42. He has several films in production and has developed a spectacular technique for producing hand-held camera effects for stop-motion:

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