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By Steve Leeper

On 08, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Steve Leeper

Bugs-Up Close and Personal

This shot was sooo much fun to build! The worm on the front end of this shot was cast from a mold made of bendy straws and the head of the caterpillar has a rare earth magnet inside that glides over a steel dome inside the caterpillar’s shoulder. For every bite the caterpillar takes Josiah had to grind away a mouth full of foamcore leaf, repaint the edge, AND animate the caterpillar. Whew! So glad to get this in the can! Read more…

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By Steve Leeper

On 04, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Steve Leeper

Baby Jesus and the Dragonfly

This is the first of the stained glass animated scenes where we’re discovering just what an animated stained glass character might look like. Lot’s of folks collaborated to bring this shot together under my initial designs and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Aaron Deal-Color, texture, line and final composite
Jeff Morice-Cg Dragonfly model, texture, rig, local light and animation
Jesse Nelson-Final lighting
Steve Leeper-initial design, direction and character animation

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By Steve Leeper

On 02, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Steve Leeper


This is the first stop motion scene we animated for the Br. Thomas film. We still have some post compositing to do but for now we’re extremely happy with the results.

The animation was done by Josiah Clements under my direction. I also did the scene design, set building, lighting and puppet fabrication with Josiah’s assistance.

Timelapse Ladybug6_2400w

Above is a series of timelapse images of Josiah animating.  You can watch the entire video here.