Saturday, November 21, 2009

Plush Life

It's been a pleasantly busy fall at Basil Twist's. We finished the build (so! Many! Tentacles!) and the musical (The Addams Family) will be opening this month in Chicago, and on Broadway this spring.

I really wish I had pics for you, but I don't!

But what I do have for you are pics from what I do when I'm not animatin' and a puppet-tin'. I finally got around to scanning some of my old Six Flags photos, and I've a few more recent mascot shots as well.

New stuff!

I was too psyched to learn that this was the actual (well, secondary, but still!) Plex suit from the show. :-3 We had a great time at the Macy's Parade Press day. (And as soon as I find footage from it...!)

Miffy at the Natural History Museum Halloween show. First time in an inflatable costume. (Gotta confess, I'm not a fan of the inflatable. It felt like I was in a giant marshmallow the whole time, and I was really unsatisfied with how hard it was for me to interact with the kids. But the client and kids were awesome, and it was still a pretty great time all around!)

ROSITA SMASH!!!! Man... this very nearly ended in tragedy. (It's a great story, but not for the web). Have I mentioned that I love Sesame Street? And all things Muppetty? I feel like I was just too big for her- I'm not that tall, but I have long limbs that love to throw everything off. DX It was short, but kind of epic.

The Stork and I have a great working relationship. This is back from our first time in June, at some big deal high school football-dealy at Rutgers. I really, really wish I had some shots from ad week.

Classic plush

Remember my weird proportions? I had to campaign for YEARS to get any Daffy time. It was a bit maddening. I was the shortest regular rotation Bugs (Seriously? You can ALWAYS tell when it's me since the ankles pool). I was shorter than most of the regular Daffy's. But partially since I went into a lot of "Tall" characters I was technically too short for or just barely fit everyone was convinced I was taller than I am. So when I was finally able to do Daffy I... went a little nuts. ^__^;; What can I say? The Duck is AWESOME, and so much fun to work in.

Yea... apparently I was "too tall" for Lola, too.This was from the Philadelphia Mascot Parade years and years ago.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I'll be honest: I'm of two minds about sharing these. On one hand, there are a lot about these puppets I love, and I'm super pleased with how little they changed from my concept sketches. But on the other... well,look at them. Each one has at *least* 1 element I'd want to change, usually because of something I misunderstood during the build. Punch's body is too tight, I didn't leave enough room to properly manipulate his hands. Igor... well I made a poor choice in a material that became a problem at the end. Yea, it's obvious I was learning when I made these.

But at least having them out will keep me making more once I have my workspace set up. (And I have a list as long as my arm of puppets, toys, and sculpts I want to make.)






Monday, July 13, 2009


Sorry for the absence, guys. I've been doing a crazy amount of mascot work lately.

Here's a (kinda rough) reel of mine:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Still not feeling chatty...

Here's a few stills from my cartoon Meat (in progress):

Oh, and the awesome Shelley Low is collecting links of all the thesis films on youtube here (updated as needed).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Epic Fail!

No. No WAY. No way has it been 2 months since I posted.

Dang. (Man, the universe has been beating me about the head and shoulders lately about needing a laptop).

The semester has *just* ended, and our senior show, The Dustys happens TONIGHT. (7-11pm, Visual Arts Theatre, 333 w. 23rd st, north side, if your interested). I've been running about like a madwoman trying to finish Meat before everything shut down. (I'm not gonna tell you if I made it; gotta come to the show to find out!) I'll toss up some links/images/banana puddings up in a day or two; at the moment I'm still trying to make sure everything's all fancy. In the meantime, there's my sadly neglected YouTube page here, with a few of my cut-out animations (including a collaboration with Mikhail Shraga!).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

¡Holá Quesadillas!

Hey there! Yea, it’s another über-lame intro post.

I’m Millie. I’m finishing my 4th year at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I’m currently up to my eyebrows working on my senior animation. Like the subtitle says, I’m a stop-motion kid. The end goal is to be able to do the kind of animation I love the most at least part of the time and, you know, not starving to death in a gutter somewhere.

Let’s see how it works out!