Michael Tharme has been working on his Wildlife on Mars project for some time and is gearing up to push for completion. He's made some extremely impressive puppets using the build-up process that the pioneers of stop motion invented. Plus a few new processes as well, but of course with new modern materials that is to be expected. While Mike does have many places he resides on the internet, his blog is quite a lot of insights into his ambitions and thoughts on the finer details of puppet and prop making. You can find his blog right here. Below is his messages to us which explain the above video as well as what his plans are for the film. You can also find links if you'd like to help out.
"...there is a video of my talking before hand but the pitch trailer kicks in at 2:30. So the pitch trailer consists of all my test footage shot over a month, these where to see how far I could push my puppets armatures but also to see where issues might occur in the animation performance and the latex skin as the puppets where build using the build up process. The heads are made in cast polyurethane resin. Both puppets use a ball & socket armature with aluminium/ copper wire in the lips, fingers, eyebrows, eye lids and tails of the creature.The finished animation (which should be 5 minutes long) will be sent to the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation to celebrate Ray's 100th birthday next year."
"The project, Wildlife on Mars, has been in development since 2012 when Ray first saw the original storyboard and wanted to see the finished film. This is a passion project as well as keeping a promise to Ray that I would make and finish this film for him. There is a GoFundMe for donations to help out with my travel expenses to get me into university to finish this film for my Masters Degree, so any form of donation is great welcomed."