Thursday, September 21, 2006

Animation Inspiration: Ernie Fosselius

"Mental Floss" Automata, photographed by Mark Frauenfelder, via Flickr

I just swung past Phil Dale's Fund My Short site where he gives a big hint about his plans for his newest animation short, Henry and Martha. It sounds great. He also shares an interview (sourced from the one day of Rocket Boom I missed) that features a great interview with filmmaker/animator/automata maker, Ernie Fosselius. I dare you to watch how this guy works and not be inspired to get into your workshops.

Excerpt from his wiki page:

"Fosselius' film career began in the early 1970Â’s when he co-created 20 original animated films for Sesame Street, he's best known for his classic Star Wars parody Hardware Wars. ...In recent years, Fosselius has retired from filmmaking and has taken to whittling mechanically animated carved caricatures and automata which he displays in traveling galleries called the "Marvelous Mechalodeon" and the "Crankabout Mechanical Theater", an entirely human powered exhibit."


  1. Thanks for the link Shelley, fun stuff, it does make me want to go into the shop and start making something.

  2. I TOLD you!!! Something about it is inspiring and creative, er, creatively inspiring? Yeah, go build!

  3. I'd like to add a big welcome to several new visitors from South America (Ale, you've got some company now!) and three more from Australia (!), as well as several more from the US and Canada!

    More action soon!


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