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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.

“I consider what I do to be true 3 dimensional illustration; the kind that you can touch and not only see on a computer monitor.

I’ve been creating custom models and props for the advertising industry for over 20 years now.  I began in 1985 by taking everything in my portfolio (sculpture, illustration, custom signage) and calling numerous photographers.   I’ve worked on print and video spots for Absolut Vodka, Disney, Quaker Oats, Oreo, Revlon, Nestle, McDonald’s, Campbell’s Soup, Kelloggs. . . to name just a few.

What I love about my job is that almost every project is a unique problem that needs a fun, creative, visual and physical solution. I am basically a toymaker and I get to play for a living. Watching a client smile when I deliver something is also a great perk.”

To see more of the amazing models Rich has built over the years, or to get a peak at his state-of-the-art studio, take a look at his web-site

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