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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Sunday, 20 March 2011


As Thorvald's project on Kickstarter will close in a few days, I would like to extend a special thank you to our only Kickstarter backer. It is the support of people like you that keeps independent filmmaking alive.
I will re-post the project as soon as it closes with an updated video and an extended deadline, so there is still an opportunity to get this film off the ground! We're keeping our fingers crossed that this time will be more successful, and refuse to give up no matter what. Thorvald Erik the Fearless, son of Thor may be only 12" tall, but he does not surrender that easily!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Thorvald's Bones

 Thorvald's body consists of a simple ball-and-socket armature. His bones are made of steel rods that need to be sawed to specific measurements and screwed together with steel balls and tiny metal plates to create movable joints, much like the ones in the human body. To keep track of all the bones and joints, I had to make a little "body organizer" to sort his arms from his legs and make sure he came together all right!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Thorvald's Hands

No, this is not a gruesome scene from the film...although yes, these are Thorvald's detached hands floating in a bowl of boiling water. They are made of twisted aluminum wire and coated in plastic shrink tubing, which shrinks only when placed in boiling water. Hence the barbarity...