Thursday, August 13, 2009

UNDERWATER CRITTER: John Sumner's Seaturtle


John Sumner's Seaturtle, originally uploaded by Nobledesign.

A new citizen of Halfland's undersea scene, John Sumner of Machine in Use Studios surprised me today with the arrival of this marvelous SEATurtle! It's a fully animatable brilliant stop motion puppet where the turtle's shell is actually a wonderful chair! A+++ for Half-pun and for pro puppet making! The sketch he included itself is a work of art! (The back had a sketch from John's artist-in-progress, his young daughter Gunner!)


Thank you, John!

17 comments:

  1. That's amazing Shelley!!! How creative!!!

    I've haven't forgotten either...I'm just slooooow, hehehe
    :)
    Katie

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  2. Hooray, Katie! I'm waiting!

    Everyone, there's still time! Make a fish for the sea scene! Instructions in the side bar scroll down>>>>

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  3. I can see these turtles acting as an underwater taxi service - nice one!

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  4. LOVE it!! So clever, so darn good.

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  5. Hi!--Hey Nick... You mean like this?!

    HA!!!

    Hi Peggy! I KNOW! Paul and I can't get over all the fantastic worldwide contributions for this scene! Yours included! Vaowow!

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  6. 15 minutes of fame for fabricating a SeaTurtle... Awesome! I'm glad you love the little fellah, and can't wait to see him make his big screen debut. Thanks again and keep up the great work.
    John Sumner

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  7. That is an AWESOME addition to your underwater world!

    jriggity

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  8. John's all over the stop mo universe, helping our worlds build! What a Doooooooode.

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  9. Now this certainly puts a new spin on comfortable house chair! Love love love it!

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  10. Now this certainly puts a new spin on comfortable house chair! Love love love it!

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  11. Mobile even! It certainly does, Ulla!

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  12. Beautiful design!! Love the idea and taxi service :)) on flicker.

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  13. Yeah, Yaz, pretty sure someone is going to have to get a lift on this critter!

    John's a fully professional animator., as you can tell. He and Justin are Buds. (Short for "Buddy"; American for friends and workmates.)

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  14. I have seen John's blog.. great work there, definetely professional. Another blog site to follow up.

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  15. Hey Shelley, I've just been to Richard Svensson's blog and seen the great fish he's making for you! And that's before he's added the paint job.
    I think your undersea scene is going to be well populated by the time you are ready to shoot it.

    Someone should warn that Chelonian Chippendale, the Quadropus is too cheap to pay the taxi fare - make him get off and walk!

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  16. HI ya, Mr. Nick!!! I know! isn't this the most wildly fun thing!? Great puppets from great people from all over the world!

    The little sea set has a turntable to keep the background rolling to make room for all the denizens!

    I'm thinking of shooting each creature alone on green screen and then composing everyone onto the set. Maybe. Or maybe in shifts. I'm trying to avoid having to noodle with 150 fins and tentacles at once.

    For the dvd/web page, I'm also thinking of making 2-3 second stationary solo swims for each critter so that the maker's name and addy can float around it, like taking a bow.

    Chelonian Chippendale! HA! How do you do that!?

    Now you got me looking... It is very Chippendale esque BUT I think it's more of a classic Queen Ann! (wiki: Queen Anne chairs are characterized by simple. curvilinear lines, vasiform splats, and cabriole legs. Seats often feature a horseshoe shape.[1] The most important decorative elements are carved shell! and scroll motifs, often found on the crest and knees)

    I refuse to Google what "vasiform splats" are!

    :)

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  17. Ok, so it's more queen Anne, that "carved shell" pretty well nails it! That'll teach me to go for alliteration over accuracy. You know how it is, being a clever wordsmith and punster yourself!
    Vasiform splats, I hope they're not contageous... Could be vase-shaped, er, splats?

    Anyway, roll on the sea set!

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