Wednesday, November 12, 2008





2 years and 11 months later.....

  • a few winters, summers, springs, falls
  • countless nights of justin animating when he could've been sleeping
  • [11 seasons of south park (twice over), 8 seasons of sienfeld, 4 seasons of futurama, 3 seasons of american dad and 2 seasons of duck tales playing in the background while justin animated ]
  • over 10,000 photos
  • 9 characters drawn, sculpted, sculpted again, molded and armatured
  • many yards of armature wire
  • over 40 puppets foamed and painted
  • gallons of foam latex
  • 4 sets
  • hundreds of bricks
  • thousands of tie down holes drilled
  • 10 drill bits
  • 3 cameras
  • pounds of clay
  • an entire jar of museum wax
  • many bottles of paint
  • bottles and bottles of zap a gap
  • dozens of glue gun sticks
  • rolls and rolls of duct tape
  • hours and hours of editing
  • 24 musicians
  • 1 amazing composer
  • tons of lessons learned
  • 32 gallons of love
  • 50 gallons of passion
  • the perfect amount of helpful and friendly advice
  • lots of new friends
  • a whole new life focus
  • 1 story told





    i've been sending out practically finished versions to lots of fests....and we should start hearing back in 3 or 4 weeks....
another fest blast:
and here's the sick part (especially considering we haven't officially celebrated yet): now, we are all super pumped up about our next flick. we've been working out the story on long hikes in Griffith Park and i like it. i'm itching to start figuring out the new puzzles, it's going to be a fun story to make. we are really close to putting our thoughts and images on paper. we've learned SO MUCH from Gerald (i was looking over an old production sched i made in early 2006 and noticed i had given us 1 month for post production---HA!). it feels completely different going in now with a sense of what we are up against. and like justin said earlier, we are trying to keep it really simple in terms of sets/characters/ dialogue this time. so hopefully we can do it in a year. that's the goal, we'll see....... in any case, i'm definitely looking forward to the new journey.

we'll keep ya posted (of course!!)


rich johnson said...

Congrats to you and your family! I have been reading this blog for ever! I eagerly await each post! I can't wait to see the film!

Sven Bonnichsen said...



Brian said...

Wow. It's been a blast following your production all this time. I can't wait to see the final film in the future.

John Pierro said...

Sounds like the recipe for an award winning animated short to me. You've got my vote!

Alonso said...

Woot! Super Congratulations! An amazing (and all to rare feet) great job guys, you guys inspire the rest of us to get up off our butts!

So Shel, you gonna be animating on this new short?

So 2010 Stunt Puppet Pictures starts on their feature film?

Nofby said...

CONGRATS!! Well done on completion, I hope you've enjoyed the journey!

Ryan McCulloch said...

Wow you guys have been through so much, and so much yet to come. Congrats on the finished film, that is quite a feat! Can't wait to see it!

Gregory Sesma said...

Congratulations!!!!!! and good luck.

jriggity said...

Thank you, Thanks you, Thanks guys!!

you were all another motivation for me to deliver a high quality piece of animated storytelling.

and we are Done!

on TO THE WEB SITE and dvd Poster cover.


Shelley Noble said...

Great post, Shel. You really put into perspective. Holy. Moly.

What a story!

James said...

Congrats ! I look forward to seeing the film someday,, and very much looking forward to the next one !!
Jim Randall (Greyguy)

stephanie said...

Huge congratulations to you both... you must be so thrilled! What an accomplishment... I'm only coming in at the end of your process, but I can't imagine the joy (at finishing) and bewilderment (at what to do next!) I'll feel when I'm where you are now. Can't wait to see what's next for you guys!

emmyymme said...

Congratulations! So exciting to witness part of the process - it's a huge huge accomplishment, congrats!

oarstudio said...

congrats on finishing the film! can't wait to see it!

Paul (Vortex42) said...

Truly staggering achievment (particularly when you list it all like that!).

Well done to all involved! I just know this film is going to be pretty damned special! Congrats!

handmadeheroes said...

thanks guys.

we're super psyched.

....justin is right, your support has been a huge motivation.

now we wait.....


i think that's the hardest part!!

jriggity said...

alonso - The feature!!
more like 2012...but yes

its already happening in many ways!

and it will be Magical.