Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Started Animating "Painting The Unpaintable"


Hey everyone! I completed production on "The Fridge," and on Monday I began animating my fourth and final "Fox & Calf" short, "Painting The Unpaintable." You can catch up on all the juicy gossip at my Tertiary Animation Blog. Don't Worry, We won't bite.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Begun "The Fridge" Pre-Production

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Greetings, Poorclaymators! I have been up to no good, as usual, over at Tertiary Animation. Since production ended on "The Walk," I have begun pre-production on "The Fridge." Make sure you come check out my new characters, sketches, nasty condiments, and (pretty soon) sets. Its all over at it's usual spot, Tertiary Production Blog. Whatchu waitin' for? Go check it out.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007


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Hey Every One! It's been a month, but I finally finished animating "The Walk." It is probably one of the most visually interesting films I've ever done and is going to be REALLY fun and quirky. There are some great posts on the making of it over at my Tertiary Animation Production Blog, along with some fun pics, so make sure you go check them out.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Stuff At Tertiary

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Hey Hey! Life's been great for the ol' Poor Claymator. I finished animating "The Blind Date" and I've started pre-production on "The Walk," As well as working on some top-secret fun stuff. Anyway, make sure you catch all the new news at my new Tertiary Production Blog. See you all soon!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Tertiary Production Blog

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Hey Gang! I just wanted to let you know that from now on, all the blogging I do for my work at Tertiary Productions will now be done HERE at If the link doesn't work, go to (like the watermark on the pics), and thn click on the Animation tab.
Anyway, I have started blogging over there on my new short, "The Blind Date," and I hope you guys will still keep up on the blog now that it has a new location.
As for Poor Claymator, I will keep this blog alive with my own personal work. See you all soon!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 Commerical Goes Viral

Here's the final cut of "The Interview." The editors pushed the contrast and saturation a lot which gives it a different feel. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Come On Animators! Enter Your Short Films!

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New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for the best short film submitted exclusively on the internet.

Contest Rules
1) 10 minutes or less total run time
2) 1 gig or less total file size
3) Entries must be completed by October 5th, 2007


For more details go to

Monday, August 27, 2007

Finished Shooting

So, I finished shooting the MOLI commercial last Wednesday, sorry it's taken me so long to post this post. Anyway, I've handed it over to the editors and they'll be cleaning it up. They do great work. Anyway, I'm already in pre-production of the next short, which should begin shooting in about a week or so. so wish me luck. Here's a few more shots from the commercial, which should be premiering online VERY soon. So keep an eye out for updates. Okay, later Gators!Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Few More Stills

Here's some stills from what I shot last night.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis will be a fun commercial.


When I designed Christos Potamus's office, I was thinking in terms of a 4:3 aspect ratio, but when I finally set up the shot with a 16:9 lense, I found that there was a big boring gap in the room, so I quickly threw together this portrait for the wall. Unfortunately you probably won't get to see the whole thing in the commercial, so here it is.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI should be wrapping up production tonight. I'll keep you informed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Irony Strikes Clay-Animation Studio

Where I work, there are some fake, rubber snakes. My wife came over to the studio to help out a little today and I decided to play a trick on her. So I layed one out and called for her. She freaked out as soon as she saw it (it was fairly realistic looking). I approached it slowly and put my hand out to pick it up, she screamed and pleaded with me to leave it alone. But I didn't. It wasn't long after I picked it up that she realized it was a fake and we had a good laugh. Later we had to leave the door to the studio open a little as we carried some stuff inside, when we were done I went to go shut the door and I snake slithered in. It took me a while this time to convince her that a snake had REALLY gotten in. In the end we got it out and it went on it's merry way.
Alternate Title: The Boy Who Cried Snake

Animating Away!

Well, I've been animating like crazy today, and I think all together I have 25 seconds of animation for the commercial so far, it's 50 seconds all together. But the 25 seconds I've animated are probably the most intense (Lot's of lip-sync), and the next 35 seconds of animation should just fly by (still lots of lip-sync, but easier). I should have production completed by Wednesday. And post production should be really quick. This should be fun, I'm excited about it. Here are a couple new stills.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Unrelated To Animation, But Nice

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJust in case you're interested, you can check out My Wedding Pictures Here!
I've got wedding, bachelor party, honeymoon pics and more up there on I hope to have more up soon.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Shooting In Widescreen!

Hey all! Well, production has finally started! There have been a few obstacles in the film's path, but we are now moving smoothly (and almost on schedule). I have now been animating the "Interview" commercial for 2 days and it looks great. Especially since it's in 16:9. I've never shot anything this wide before, it's very different, but really fun. I'll enjoy it alot. Anyway, here are 2 shots from the commercial so far, I hope to get you guys more updates soon. There's a lot to share. Okay, ciao!
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

"The Interview" Storyboards

Hey hey hey! Just thought I would share 2 of my storyboard shots for "The Interview," a commercial I'm animating for I've been working on making the set and will start animating next week. Robbie Broadhurst has already layed down his voice for two characters. Should be fun.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Monday, August 6, 2007

Character Sketches

Hey Everyone, I'm back, and since I obviously haven't done anything on the production the last three weeks, I figured I'd share some old character design sketches with you guys.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGonna be building sets this week and (cross your fingers) animate next week. Will hopefully have some fun stuff for you soon. Ciao!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Going Away For A While

Hey everyone! I have been keeping very busy lately, so much so that I haven't had the time or energy, so here's a bunch of new images for you all at once.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe gang. As you can see when I took this picture the giraffe didn't have spots on her right arm yet.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketChristos Potamus gets new eyes. You can see a never-finished character behind him.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHere's a dead pigeon for the short, "The Walk."Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketYou can see he is VERY small.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHere's a waitress that seems to be a rat. Gross.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I'll be out of town for three weeks for my wedding, honeymoon and some other stuff so it may be a while until I post again. Until then, if you're craving some good claymation blogging, check out my buddies JRiggity and Pram Maven Films.
They've got some really cool stuff goin' on. Okay, I'll miss you all and can't wait to get back to work on the project. CIAO!!!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

COOL Online Film Festival

Hey guys! Just wanted to let all you animators and filmmakers know about MOLI and Rhode Island International Film Festival's new online festival. It's quick, there's no entry fee, and you could win $1,000 cash. That'll buy you a lot of clay. If you are or know any animators or filmmakers, let them know about this fest! Go to

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Hippo Boss

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSorry for the lack of updates, I've been so busy lately. Here's the fuller version of Christos Potamus, one of my newest and newly favorite characters. I appologize for the crappy photo and will try to take a better one that does the character more justice.
Works been good, though I have to admit that after spending the last 4 months in Cobb ripping through animation projects at warp speed, coming here to Florida and having to build a whole studio completley from scratch is slow and frustrating. I know that in the future I will be able to produce faster because of what we're doing here. But the animator in me is getting antsy and wants to see progress NOW. And leaving for 2.5 weeks for a wedding and honeymoon isn't going to make things faster. Oh well, Mainstream Holdings has a lot of really exciting plans for the future so I have to be patient and keep working hard, and eventually it will all pay off big time. Anyway, I will hopefully have a new in-progress character to share with you tomorrow or Tuesday. Ciao!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Took Baby Steps Today

Due to a fairly busy schedual today doing a million things other than clay-animation, I only got a few things accomplished today, but some of it's pretty cool. First off I've been painting the cocker spaniel's dress (it's taking a lot of layers for the acrylic to become opaque), also I painted the calf's horns yellow (also you can see the beginning of the fox's half-body armature being built in the back).Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBut in VERY COOL NEWS I've begun sculpting the hippo character. This is my first hippo, and I think he'll be really great. I personally mixed his color.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketLet's hope there's a bunch more to show tomorrow!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Still Been Workin' Some More

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Sorry I'm not explaining any of my progress, but at this point I feel it's pretty self explanitory. These two characters have half-armatures, meaning they won't walk, but will be great for above the waist shots.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI’ve been keepin’ myself busy over at Tertiary, having fun making these great characters. Unlike Frog Family and Critter Song, the characters in this production are having armatures built for them, which will allow them to do a great deal more things than the non-armature characters, mainly walk.
The first step to building an armature (The way I do it at least), is to twist two pieces of wire together with an electric drill on one end and some pliers at the other end. Then I take some plumber’s epoxy putty and put it on the wire. You want to cover all the wire with a thin bit of putty. The putty represents the “bones” of the characters, so leave exposed wire where you want the joints to be.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Above you can see the armatures with the heads so you can get a better idea about the characters’ proportions.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMy initial sculpt of the fox was way to large and would have been problematic so I had to scale him down. Here you can see the difference in sizes. The lighter the head, the more capable he’ll be at various movements.
Before I can start sculpting the clay onto the armatures, I first have to melt some on to bond with the armature, this will keep the clay sticking to it much better, and keep the armature from busting out of the character’s flesh like some cheap 80’s horror flick. I used a double boiler (I pan within a pan of boiling water) to melt the clay and then applied it to the armatures.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketWARNING: If you plan on doing this, make sure you are in a very well ventilated space, with lots of windows open, etc. The clay fumes can get nasty. Also remember to not cook the clay directly on a stove top pan, use the double-boiler, because it keeps the fumes to a minimum, and keeps the clay from burning.
This is a very brisk description of how this is all done, maybe in the future I’ll go into a lot more detail for those who are interested. Until then, I should probably get back to work. Ciao!