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Stop-Action Puppet Animation Workshop

Taught by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh of Screen Novelties International

GoblinMysterious Mose

May 22, 2004 - Workshop 1-5pm - Screening 7pm
The Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., Seattle, Washington
Presented by ASIFA-Northwest animation association
Sponsored by Scarecrow Video

Workshop Description

  • Live animation demos to be filmed with a Video Lunchbox
  • Review of stop-motion animation styles and methods
  • Tie-down techniques for standing figures
  • Timing, exposure sheets, and surface gauges
  • Armature building techniques
  • Lighting considerations for models and sets
  • Screening of stop-motion rarities
Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, two of the brightest talents in stop-motion animation, make 3-D animation “the old-fashioned way” with armatures, foam latex puppets and all the hand-crafted trimmings.

Seamus Walsh, Ray Harryhausen and Mark Caballero
Seamus Walsh, Ray Harryhausen and Mark Caballero
on the set of “The Tortoise and the Hare” completed 2002

Through their Los Angeles-based studio, Screen Novelties, they recently completed Ray Harryhausen’s “The Tortoise and the Hare,” winner of the Annie Award for Outstanding Short Animated Film, and puppet animation sequences for Fox’s “The Simpsons” (Davey and Goliath spoof) and Cartoon Network’s, “The Flintstones” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.”

Other films include the live-action puppetry and stop-motion combo film, “Graveyard Jamboree (Mysterious Mose)” and the Starevitch-inspired “Old Man and the Goblins.”

Screen Novelties is one of the few remaining professional animation studios specializing in stop-motion animation.