FABRICATED is a stop-motion animated film completed in February 2016 after ten years of work. I designed, built and animated the creatures as well as the strange worlds they inhabit.
The film itself is a story of decay and rebirth. Set in a time after organic life has passed from the scene, mechanical creatures form themselves from the materials and the machine aesthetic left behind. In an anonymous assembly line, a creature named Oto is constructed from steel and bone and then released. Making his way through an old world dying and a new world struggling to be born, Oto begins to sense that he may have a part to play in the evolution of his imperfect kind.
The shots in this film are captured digitally but there are no computer-generated elements within. It is all good old-fashioned stop-motion animation.
- February, 2016 After more than ten years of work, 'Fabricated' is complete. I had a final surround-sound mastering session at Berkeley Sound Artists. It was the smoothest day of work on the entire ten-year project, and a fitting way to complete such a monumental endeavor. The film is, at the end, a beautiful and intense nineteen-minute long stop-motion animated journey with a dense, detailed soundscape and an exquisite musical score. It has been a wonderful adventure and I would like to thank everyone who helped out or supported the Kickstarter campaign. I would especially like to thank the sound and color team with whom I had a wonderful and enjoyable collaboration: sound designers Ryan Mauk and Chris Vibberts, creature vocal specialist John France, composer Andrew Poole Todd, mixer Dan Olmsted and colorist Bradley Greer. Thank you all for your artistry, your contributions and for being patient as I felt my way through this strange universe.
- January, 2016 In October of 2014, I was asked by Phil Tippett to build several armatures for the Dejarik Holochess set to be used in Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens. It has finally has been released and I am honored to have had a hand in building this small part of the Star Wars universe that has influenced me so much over the years.
- December, 2015 Fabricated has had a supervised color grading session with the colorist Bradley Greer of Kyotocolor in New Orleans. It was a pleasure spending three days tweaking and refining the color to get the mood and feel of the film just right.
- August, 2015 The sound design, a very dense and complex sonic world on its own, is complete and the film is now being scored by the composer Andrew Poole Todd.
- March, 2015 The final frame of animation for the film has been shot. It has been almost exactly 10 years since I began shooting. It has taken me three cameras, four cities, five puppets and ten years to shoot nearly 27000 frames of animation to tell this story.
- December, 2013 The Kickstarter Campaign to fund the sound design and music for Fabricated is a success! My deepest thanks to all of the backers for their support and continued patience. I have spent much longer than I expected working on these very important final steps but the time has been well worth it. The result is a beautiful, complex and sprawling film with new worlds full of little details, each of which must be seen to.
- April, 2005 After several years of designing and building these hybrid creatures, I begin to shoot a short stop-motion film. I think the whole project can be finished within 3 years. I definitely do not know that the film will not be fully finished until February of 2016.