Faceless Neil

Faceless Neil : Out of the Darkness; Noella Borie's new animated film.

I was hired to build all of the props and sets based on designs by Noella

Melissa Chow and Taylor Jordan helped build out the exterior set including hills and the city.

some of the props were alive 

start of Neils Bed

fun sculpting tiny skulls

detail of the wiring for the city lights



Alphabet Soup

Here the challenge was to make a realistic alphabet soup type font . It needed to be dynamically integrated into the soup and move realistically as it emerges from the soup to spell out the various messages.

 I worked on the sculpts with Sal Denaro and he made the molds and casts. I designed a rig to allows the letters to emerge from the soup and also submerge. The rig had a sub rig that individually supported each of the numbers and letters. this was quickly swappable on the main rig through the use of a strong magnet.

Sub Rig That supported the Letters

Sal Adding Rigs

I am not an Electrician

I did however make this electronic control boxes for the short film Bruiser by Mattson Tomlin

This custom  box had 25 outlets with 5 dimmers. These were used in a sequence in the film shown below to do in camera lighting effects of flickering light bulbs with control on dimming & on and off… The switches and knobs were puppeteered to create the lighting effects on set.

BRUISER teaser trailer from Mattson Tomlin on Vimeo.