Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mermaids on Mars

In August 2014 I was approached by Athena Studios, and asked to lead the puppet build for a short film "Mermaids on Mars." Having worked with them in the past to create Sophie for "Auntie Claus", I was extremely excited! Over the next couple months I lead a team of 6 in the creation of 7 puppets. I was lucky to have such wonderful teammates, and couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Here is a sneak peak of "Mermaids on Mars!"
Based on an original story by: Nancy Guettier


Completed Julian puppet


Cast Julian head and painted eyes ready for assembly and epoxy

Cast Dragon skin hands, ready for assembly


Completed Gilbet puppet


Silicone shoe mold, back painted grommets


Cast shoes, ready for their laces


Finished shoes


Oceana is ready for her close up


Mermaid tail armature, wire and ready for casting


Clipped foam tail, and back painted iridescent tail layers


Tails ready for seaming


Close up of tail color varations


Ocean being animated


Aquamarina 


and Laguna


And lastly, a fully comped shot of Gilbert star gazing off the dock. 
To complete the puppets I worked with 
Bird Mc Cargar-Costume
Suzanne Moulton-Hair
Julian Birchman-Paint
Sylvie McClelland-Sand/paint
Jeanette Vera-3d Modeling 
Christian Norris-Armatures
Via Merrick Chaney Armatures

Designs by Steph Laberis



3 comments:

  1. Really awesome work! How are you keeping the mouths on? They appear to be 2D paper cutouts.

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  2. We used printed vinyl, that was sticky on the back and great for animating.

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