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20

Jul
2012

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In Guest Artists

By Steve Leeper

Tim Hodge

On 20, Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | In Guest Artists | By Steve Leeper

Tim Hodge and I worked together at Big Idea Productions back in the early 2000’s.  As one of the first artists to migrate to the Mid-West from Disney Studios Tim brought a wealth of story and production insight that could only have come from a major studio.

Tim’s Veggietale directorial debut was Lyle the Kindly Viking which to this day stands out as one of my favorites in the series. . . what’s not to like about an asparagus viking knitting pot-holders. 🙂

I love what Tim has done with Br. Thomas.  Somewhere between religious ecstasy and winning the Irish lottery!

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16

Jul
2012

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In People

By Steve Leeper

Rich Schiller

On 16, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In People | By Steve Leeper

When I was starting out in stop-motion animation, Rich hired me for my first model-making job. 20 years later Rich’s expertise in dimensional model making and his exquisite attention to detail have made him the most sought after Model Maker in Chicago.

The Big Ben image above is of a 3 ½ foot physical model that Rich fabricated out of etched metal, tooled plastic and cast urethane.   Reconnecting with Rich on this project has been a great pleasure. The realization that Rich will be devoting his artistry towards building Br. Thomas a cathedral is still sinking in.

Click here to read more about team that’s coming together to make The Temptation of Brother Thomas.

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09

Jul
2012

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By Steve Leeper

Timothy Botts

On 09, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Guest Artists | By Steve Leeper

Tim Botts has created the second contribution to our Brother Thomas Guest Artist Gallery.

The quote is from Thomas Aquinas, 13th century monk and namesake to our central character.  Combined with Tim’s imagery they pretty much sum up the project.

Beyond their physical beauty, Tim’s images bring new layers of meaning to familiar texts and cause me to read more deeply into phrases I haven’t seen before.

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02

Jul
2012

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In Guest Artists

By Steve Leeper

Doodle United’s Tribute to Br. Thomas

On 02, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Guest Artists | By Steve Leeper

Thanks to my friends at Doodle United for serving up eleven new flavors of Brother Thomas for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

It’s so cool to see what other artists come up with.  Each one of these expands on an aspect of Br. Thomas that my film only touches on.

Please drop by Doodle United and let them know what you think.

25

Jun
2012

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In Guest Artists

By Steve Leeper

Bryan Ballinger

On 25, Jun 2012 | One Comment | In Guest Artists | By Steve Leeper

I can’t think of a better person to help kick off our Brother Thomas Guest Artist Gallery.

In a few weeks Bryan’s illustration will be joined by other images inspired by “The Temptation of Brother Thomas” story.  Whatever turns up in the following weeks you can be sure they’ll be nothing like the first.

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Jun
2012

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In People

By Steve Leeper

Sound Design

On 18, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In People | By Steve Leeper

I am thrilled to announce that Brother Thomas has his very own Sound Designer!  (Odd for a monk who never speaks I know.)

Jeff Jacoby has recently signed on to the Brother Thomas project.  Jeff brings a long list of talents and a broad range of professional experience with him.  Jeff actively practices sound art, sound design, writing, directing and radio production. Read more…

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13

Jun
2012

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In Story Boards

By Steve Leeper

Opening Scene

On 13, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In Story Boards | By Steve Leeper

So this is how the film opens.   We follow the dragonfly as he makes his way around the cathedral steeple and down into the lush pastures filled with wild flowers and rich with insect life. We finally settle at the base of a fence post and slowly raise the camera to find a rooster just getting ready for his morning crow to wake the countryside.

To see the full page of story panels in a larger image click here.

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24

Apr
2012

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In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

…and then there were three

On 24, Apr 2012 | 5 Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

Things have been a little busy lately but I did manage to pull three good casts last week.

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20

Feb
2012

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In Brother Thomas

By Steve Leeper

Making Molds

On 20, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In Brother Thomas | By Steve Leeper

Last weekend was an incredible opportunity to up my moldmaking techniques… not to mention catch up with an old friend and his family.

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09

Feb
2012

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In Brother Thomas

By Steve Leeper

The Monk Gets a Makeover

On 09, Feb 2012 | 5 Comments | In Brother Thomas | By Steve Leeper

I’m headed to Valparaiso tomorrow to start making a mold for the Br. Thomas makette.

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