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FILM & THEATRE DESIGN
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One that got away



I don’t know if Ub Iwerks was the first to animate dancing skeletons, but he certainly wasn’t the last. With the thought that there’s always room for one more, these sketches were for a planned stop motion ad featuring a top-hatted tap dancing skeleton, which never made it to production.



While developing the design for this character, it occurred to me that Fred Astaire could make a good model, not just for the look, but also for movement. Astaire had a relaxed carefree style that sometimes made it appear as if he was just blowing in the wind, barely catching himself from tipping over. In a skeleton, a bunch of bones with nothing holding it together but some supernatural will, this style would be appropriate and funny.



Looking at Popeye also helped - sure he could dance too.
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Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

Finally, designs for the London stage production of Dr. Dolittle, which opened summer of 1998. I was one of a team of concept designers at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop working on animals for the show, which also included artists Kevin O’Boyle and Kevin Hunter.

I also contributed to the design effort on Flintstones 2, the children’s TV show Construction Site, and to a bunch of other Henson film and theatre projects.










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JANUARY 2006


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