Welcome to Thorvald!

Sometimes, the process of making a stop motion animated film is a bit like being locked in a deadly struggle with a fearsome sea serpent, only to look into its face and recognize yourself. This blog is for anyone who has battled a 12-inch tall monster of their own and discovered a worthy adversary and a beautiful friendship.

Welcome to my lair. Visit my monsters and tell me about yours.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Pick-Ups and Post-Production

After many months of planning, shooting, and editing, The Green Wall is entering the final stages of production! This summer I was able to capture some exciting new footage (check out some snippets in my previous post http://thorvaldandthestoorworm.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/work-in-progress-small-preview-of-green.html).

It's coming together nicely, but I've decided to do some additional shooting to add more drama and a new dimension to the camera angles. The story of the Green Wall is told through the eyes of a girl who perceives her world in a mythic and whimsical way and I wanted the shooting style to reflect that.

 I've just acquired a couple of drones and will be using them in the coming months to get some aerial shots here in Edinburgh.This is my first time working with drones and I am really looking forward to it! I will be sharing some pictures of the drones in action as well as samples of their footage, so keep watching this blog.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Work In Progress: A Small Preview of the Green Wall

I've cut together some snippets of footage and stills that I have been shooting for The Green Wall. The film is currently in production, being shot on location in Luxor, Egypt. The musical accompaniment was composed and performed by me.

Here is a little preview of what the live action sections of the film will look like:

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Green Wall Is Going Into Production!

Pre-production on The Green Wall is now officially complete!
Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the project. The funds have been put to good use and I have just returned to Luxor, Egypt to begin production.
Here’s a group of my Egyptian and British friends who will be helping me in my endeavours:

My focus for this film are Egyptian women artists, so I wanted to share this shot of two young Egyptian women finding inspiration in reconstructing an ancient monument.

I will be posting updates, photos and clips on the Green Wall's Facebook page and here on the production blog.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Preparing For the Holidays...

Filmmaking is a battle, and as every warrior knows, no battle can be won without the right weapons. Behold my arsenal of shiny new tools, bought specially to build the characters of The Green Wall and the tumultuous world they will inhabit.

Thanks to the mystical powers of alchemy, the gold coins contributed by The Green Wall’s supporters have transfigured this formidable tool box into a fortress, bristling with miniature screwdrivers of all shapes and sizes (some so small you need a magnifying glass to see them),
 Knives so sharp they can cut through anything from dragon scales to thick cardboard,

…and of course, my trusty Dremmel, which has been by my side through countless duels with miniature furniture, underwater cave walls, steel skeletons, and very long noses.

 My noble Dremmel has received a Christmas present as well -

Happy Holidays from The Green Wall! Thank you for arming me for the Battle of Innumerable Armies!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Latest News on The Green Wall

Thank you again to everyone who has helped make The Green Wall a reality by bringing our IdeasTap Accelerator campaign to 107%!

I apologize for my prolonged silence. I have had a long and perilous journey from the sands of Egypt back to the mountains of Edinburgh. Then there were miscellaneous formidable obstacles to deal with at home - looming deadlines, torrential rains, new thesis chapters and other natural disasters. Having persevered against unimaginable odds, I have survived to proceed at last to pre-production - and the intervening months have not been spent in vain. I am now amassing all of the tools and materials that I will need to bring the world of The Green Wall to life and plan to share my findings with you, my loyal supporters, in the next few posts.

One of the most important things to consider when launching on a new cinematic enterprise is The Camera. As The Green Wall is a live-action/animation production this question is especially multi-layered. The stop motion animated sections, which will be completed in my Edinburgh studio, will be shot on my trusty old Canon Rebel t1i.But the live action scenes, to be shot on location in Edinburgh and Luxor, Egypt needed a different camera.

Making good use of The Green Wall’s production fund, I have been able to obtain this beautiful camera:

It is a Nilox and it comes with its own set of multi-functional mounts and a waterproof case, which I plan to make good use of for the film. As you can see it is tiny in size, but mobility and versatility are very important for the feeling of intimacy and immediacy that I want to create in this film. It may be small but it has some incredible features that will have a tremendous impact on the look of the film. It has a very wide shooting angle and can shoot HD footage at up to 60 frames per second, which means it can cover rapid movement with minimal strobing.

It should work very well with this ‘selfie stick’ because it actually weighs less than most smartphones!

I have already done some experimentation and plan to share my test footage in an upcoming post.

No less important than getting the right camera is getting a computer that will help handle all of the text documents, photographs and footage that need to be processed. Thanks again to the contributions received through The Green Wall’s campaign, I have been able to buy a new Asus laptop (which just happens to be a delightful shade of iridescent magenta). I actually bought it in Egypt, which is very appropriate, considering the setting of The Green Wall. The keyboard is even marked with Arabic characters - handy in case I decide to re-type the entire script in Arabic.

Keep an eye on The Green Wall’s official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thegreenwallcampaign) and follow this production blog for the latest updates - I promise there will be many more now!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Official Green Wall Moodboard

Check out the new moodboard for The Green Wall, showing imagery from the live action section and concepts for the animated part.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The IndieGoGo Campaign For The Green Wall is now Live!

 I have just launched an IndieGoGo Campaign for my new stop motion/live action short, The Green Wall. Set in a modern Egyptian village and a mythic fantasy world the film that follows two parallel storylines -  the story of Fatima, a young girl with artistic ambitions who lives in a southern Egyptian village and longs for adventure and artistic liberation, and the epic tale of Flora, an animated character who Fatima identifies with. Flora is a defiant tree nymph who wants to be a malachite sculptor, but must first triumph over the tyranical Serpent King who rules the malachite mountains around her village.
Can the mysterious Green Wall be the key to the dreams of both Flora and Fatima? Follow the campaign to find out!

Click the link below or the campaign badge to the right for more information
Come and like our official Facebook page to follow the progress of the campaign! https://www.facebook.com/thegreenwallcampaign

Friday, 23 May 2014

Burglar With the Yellow Hand TRAILER

The Burglar With the Yellow Hand is finally complete and being sent out to film festivals all over the world. I have just put together the official trailer for the film:

I am still working on a new page for the website that will include a photo gallery, synopsis, cast and crew information and festival updates.

Monday, 17 March 2014


All shooting on The Burglar With the Yellow Hand is now complete! The first rough cut of the film has been edited together and sent to the composer who will be working on the score. The film comes in at just over 8 minutes at the moment, but will probably be a little bit longer.
There are still weeks of postproduction and effects creation ahead, but I am looking forward to seeing the film finished at last!
Keep checking back for images and clips!

Here is a frame from the first scene of the film (the green screen will be removed, the colors will be converted to  tinted black-and-white and aging effects will be added):

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Studio Renovation

Principal photography for The Burglar With the Yellow Hand is almost at an end! Updates on the production will be posted shortly. Meanwhile, here are some shots of the studio, which has gone through some major renovations in preparation for the start of shooting. There are now shelves to hold props and materials that are currently in use, a section for tools in the centre and a storage section for sets and props from previous films.

Thanks to the IdeasTap Ideas Fund Innovators Award, The Arts Trust Scotland and generous private donations on IndieGoGo, I have also been able to obtain some new equipment for the shoot including these wonderful Red Heads with dimmers and barn doors: