Sunday, February 18, 2007

My Reel

In a bid to cultivate a more professional image I finally put together a show reel of my stop-mo work from the last couple years. I was having trouble getting started when my new pal and assistant animator, Tommy Keiser (more on him later), gave me the BEST advice: "Get the music first, then everything else will fall into place." Here's the result, which I'll probably continue tweaking for awhile:

In other news, Ambersons 2 is kicking along, and will hopefully be done in a couple weeks. I want to be finished with it before GG and I take off on our long-delayed Christmas vacation up the coast.

More to come!


Blogger jriggity said...

Huge collection of work man!!

It looks great!

Im planning on putting together a stop mo reel as well. Just need a few more pieces to fill it out.


11:17 PM  
Blogger Michael Granberry said...

Wow, Justin, I can't wait to see your work! Please let us all know when it's up.

We should have a film night!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Darkstrider said...

It's great to be able to see so much of your work all jammed together into one small package like that! Nice choice of music too, though in some cases I think the animation is much more effective in context, with the sound effects.

I couldn't help but notice watching this, you seem to have a certain affinity for Bruce Bickford. Do you know his work? You should definitely get ahold of his documentary Monster Road if you haven't seen it.... I think you'd like it probably nearly as much as I do (not sure anybody can like it quite that much really.... I'm some kind of obsessed fanatic).

And the new film is fantastic! It has that whole Evil Dead 2 thing going on.... sort of half sequel, half remake. But some of the shots from it are possibly the best stuff in your reel, which means you're getting better.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Michael Granberry said...

Hey Mike!

I know who Bruce Bickford is from a piece I heard on public radio awhile back, but I've only seen snippets of his films. Wunnah these days I'm gonna seek him out...

I agree with what you said about animation being better with dialogue in some cases. That very issue came up while I was putting the reel together: keep the dialogue for the joke or lose the dialogue to focus attention on the animation? I decided to go with the latter, but wouldn't be opposed to having dialogue. I like the idea that one's reel is a living, shifting entity that will evolve over time...

Thanks for the kudos, my friend. I'm a huge fan of your work, and it's been great to watch your projects evolve over the past year. :)

1:51 PM  
Blogger Darkstrider said...

In particular I think the jack-in-the-box and Grandpa would benefit from their original sound.

Here's a link to the Monster Road trailer, and you can also buy the DVD from this site:

For my money, this documentary is as good (actually better IMO) as Crumb, another documentary about a modern visionary who's - a little out of his head and yet definitely genius.

9:19 PM  

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