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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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Inside the Stoorworm (Literally)

 Here are the promised set-in-progress images. They may not seem like much now, but they are actually the insides of a fearful sea monster! The image to the left shows the beginnings of a grisly colonnade of enormous ribs that Thorvald must traverse on his perilous journey. They will be built up out of layers of wax on an aluminum wire armature to give them a bit of a translucent glow when lit properly. 
     The mesh-covered frame in the background, seen submerged beneath layers of multi-textured papier-mache in the picture to the right, will eventually be one of two movable walls, that will hopefully be able to accommodate a greater range of camera angles. Everything has yet to be painted.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Thorvald Lives!

I am fully aware that my protracted absence from the blogging universe is 
 inexcusable, and yet I shall attempt to exculpate myself. Between working at an archaeological site in Egypt, and completing my MSc Film Studies dissertation at the University of Edinburgh, I have been somewhat distracted. 
It is sad but true that Thorvald's Kickstarter funding campaign has proved unsuccessful. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to Thorvald's supporters, and all those who pledged funds in his virtuous cause. Your noble intentions will not be forgotten, even if they were not given the opportunity to come to fruition.
However, it is neither in my nature, nor in Thorvald's to accept defeat! The film will still get made (although later than originally planned), and work is well underway on set construction and costume production. Here is a shot of Thorvald's developing costume, in the process of being completed layer by layer. Shots of one of the sets in progress will soon follow.