Many Years of Experience
I'm a special effects artist in the area of practical (real world physical) puppets, props, miniatures, painting and whatever else it takes to make models and puppets come alive on film. I’ve worked in many different areas of the business, from TV shows feature and short films. TV commercials, special realistic props for print advertising and more.
My most notable list of credits include, ‘The Back to the Future Ride’ and the films ‘Muppet's Treasure Island’ & ‘Sinbad The Fifth Voyage’, TV ads including The Pillsbury Doughboy, Frito’s Corn Chips and many others. I've been in the business for over 25 years now and it never gets boring. Creating physical special effects is a job in which you've never 'done it all'. Every project brings new challenges to invent ways of creating things that are new and different.
Stop Motion Animation Is A Specialty
I have always had a passion for the art of stop motion animation and most of the work I've created in my career has involved that art form. I am especially interested in the creation of realistic stop motion animated special effects.
Over the past 5 years or so, I've worked on several independent films using classic stop motion animated puppet effects combined with digital technology in both the production and post-production stages to create far more highly realistic special effects at a much lower cost than an all-CGI or full scale animatronics production. My goal is to bring this new 21st Century version of the art of Stop Motion Animation to many more independent film productions which may not otherwise be able to afford special effects at this level of realism.
The number of crew members needed to create realistic effects in stop motion can be very few. Because I function in most cases as both the stop motion animator and primary puppet maker, my need for additional crew is very limited. For independent film production, keeping labor costs down is extremely important, making stop motion animated effects an ideal choice!