Wendall

 

The following job announcement is from the producers of Wendell and Wild.

Wendell and Wild is a new stop motion feature film directed by Henry Selick is looking for stop motion animators with strong acting skills, a good sense of physics and impeccable comic timing. Our film features an incredible line up of strong female protagonists and we want you to be a part of our amazing animation team!

The film will star Oscar winning director Jordan Peele alongside Keegan-Michael Key, his longtime partner on the Emmy-winning Comedy Central series Key and Peele.

The picture is based on an original idea by Selick, the stop-motion virtuoso whose other films include Coraline and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick is separately developing a television adaptation of the video game Little Nightmareswith Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO.

Here’s how you apply:

Inquiring about production roles? Send CV/resume, portfolio and reel to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are currently accepting demo-reels for stop motion animators. If you would like to apply, please send your contact details, demo-reel or resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.wendellandwild.com

Missing Link Trailer 2

 

The new trailer for Missing Link, the latest film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, shows off more of the carefully crafted world and the characters within.

Missing Link follows a monster investigator named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who discovers a legendary creature while adventuring in the Pacific Northwest. The Bigfoot-esque monster, who goes not only by Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) but also by Susan, is quite lonely and wishes to find his long-lost relatives. Along with free-spirited adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), the trio sets off across the world. Also joining the cast are Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, and Stephen Fry in unspecified roles.

Laika is the animation studio behind CoralineParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two StringsMissing Link will be the studio’s fifth feature film, and with 110 sets and 65 unique locations, it will be Laika’s biggest film yet.

Missing Link is in theaters starting April 12.

Laika now hiring

 So do you think you really have the chops to be a professional art director, fabricator or modeler?  Yeah, I don’t have them, either. But there are those that actually do have the mad skills LAIKA is looking for.  Take a look at the careers part of LAIKA’S website and see if there’ something there of interest.   And when you land that dream job, just remember where you heard about it first.   Click here for the current “Help Wanted” section of their corner of the internet.

While we work out a new section on our website devoted to spot lighting completed amateur productions, Marc and I thought we’d put this great little video right here. Rafi sent us this video he made a while back but only recently posted. It features He-Man action figures, and it’s a real toy nostalgia and stop motion treat to watch.   Rafi is looking for a little feedback on his work.

Shivering

I’ll admit, I don’t love everything about Adult Swim.  They do have some funny stuff for sure, but I think they too often go for cheap humor instead of clever writing.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the occasional fart joke, just not 30 straight minutes of fart jokes.   But this new series coming out has me intrigued.  With animation by ShadowMachine,a  stop-motion comedy-horror anthology created by Vernon Chatman premieres December 9.   It looks like a delicately crafted, darkly surreal anthology comedy billed as “a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic,” The Shivering Truth is a series of loosely-linked emotional parables about stories within tales that crawled out of the deepest caverns of your unconscious mind and became lovingly animated in breath-slapping stop motion.

Click here for more information about the show, and a behind the scenes video, which are always fun to see.