I thought I would answer the “10 questions”
1 What hand tools and power tools do you have access to?
A: The usual stuff in my shed, saws, hand drills etc, however my Dad is a retired fitter and turner and he has a full workshop with lathes, milling machines etc. For my next film my dad will be making most of the armatures, special rigs etc.
2 Where do you buy your supplies locally?
A: I’m from Melbourne Australia. I get supplies from local art shops e.g. Riot Art also latex etc from Onestop plastics or Barnes. And of course the mecca for all hardware stuff Bunnings!
3 Have you ever bought any supplies online and what?
A: I mainly buy books online all on animation, storyboard etc.
4 What is your favorite/standard puppet construction?
A: I find clay extremely frustrating but i love the look. I am also obsessed with light puppets so my construction techniques revolve around getting a clay look without the weight and the mess, so lots of silicone,sculpey, resin etc.
5 What camera and software setup do you use?
A: I have always used stopmotion pro from very early on. The Stopmotion Pro people are from Melbourne so they came and saw what we were doing at doghouse films and when I was at the Victorian College of the Arts film school to get feedback. I have shot on 16mm film with video camera for video assist. My next film will be shot on a digital still camera.
6 What is one of your biggest weaknesses in animating or studio setup? How do you deal with this?
A: In this day and age we are competing against CG with all its glorious camera moves and infinite sets. My biggest gripe with a lot stop motion is that it looks like it was shot on a kitchen table (which it probably was in a lot of cases) So I want to put more effort into getting the camera moving and giving the illusion of space in my films. I’m thinking of trying digital set extensions too.
7 What is one of your biggest strengths or assets, and how do you utilize this?
A: I have a very strong sense of story and character. My head is full of story ideas. This can be a blessing and a curse as I sometimes lose focus on one idea and start on another. I now have a real producer to work with and keep me on track.
8 What about this process do you enjoy the most?
A: Hitting the play button when I have been working on a shot and seeing the inanimate come to life. It still gives me a buzz seeing that.
9 Name some goals you have in this field.
A: Make more films and If I can get paid to do it all the better.
10 Write and answer your own final question.
10: What were your main influences and inspiration.
A: I grew up watching a lot of TV animation etc. I loved Morph, and the muppets, fraggle rock , Astro Boy, Star Blazers, Dr Who. The most important inspiration moments for me were:
The Skeleton scene from Jason & the Argonauts (Still excellent after all this time)
The Dark Crystal
The Nightmare before Christmas.
The Wrong Trousers. I saw this after finishing college and it was the film that gave me the final kick up the bum to start animating.