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Kunjanimation Festival 2012

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Kunjanimation Festival 2012

 

 

 

 

I had the privilege of being invited to exhibit some of my animation puppets at South Africa’s Kunjanimation Festival in Cape Town 2012. What a fantastic time of creative sharing!

 

Thanks to Kenneth Irvine for putting this amazing YouTube clip together

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Symphony of Puppets

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Symphony of Puppets

 

 

 

“It all started in 1964 with my first film, ‘A Man’s Best Friend’; The magic of puppet animation had cast its spell over me and I was enchanted.”says Rod.This is the fascinating true story of a person’s love for puppets. Rod shares his life growing up in Natal and later in Johannesburg, South Africa. His hobbies and career at the SABC reveal a journey of puppetry from stop frame to the unique Micromation and Mechamation rod controlled puppets which were used in the well known ‘Wielie Walie’ and ‘Liewe Heksie’ series. This book is a first documenting of those pioneer years at SABCTV, and will be enjoyed by all those interested in the making of puppets for film and television. Rod generously shares his knowledge and experience in puppet making and includes some cost effective ‘how to’ information with many detailed illustrations.

100_4253You can order a copy of this book by emailing fantasmechanical@gmail.com

 An ibook version will soon be available for download

 

Symphony in Sync

stop frame animation puppets

Symphony in Sync

This stop frame puppet animation was made in 1965 in my garage at home. I used an 8mm Paillard P1 Bolex camera to shoot frame by frame. The puppets made are about 3 inches in size. The biggest challenge was to animate in sync to the music. This was achieved by scratching the timing of the music onto 8mm film with a pin and thereby calculating the frames needed for synchronization.

 

 

 

Frog Steam Band

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Frog Steam Band

Shot on commercial Ektachrome Colour Film (1973). The Frog Steam Band was intended for a  10 minute short film. It was never completed as I began working for SABC Television in 1975.