Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Hello there,

I am a stop motion sculptor, model maker and animator.  From May to September 2017 I worked as a Puppet Department Junior on Chuck Steel Night of the Trampires in South Wales.  I am also part of the way through the Stop Motion Animation and Puppetry Bachelors at Staffordshire University.

I have experience in puppet fabrication utilizing Tin Cure and Platinum Cure Silicone, Urethane Resins, Latex and Plaster.

Previous professional experience include; Miniature Sculpting, Acting and Children's Entertaining.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

11' Inch Sculpture

This is a anime character sculpt which I produced within my 3rd semester at Staffordshire University.
Please click for a larger image.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Chuck Steel Sculpting / Animating

Here is the trailer for the film that I worked on this year.  I have been busy sculpting heads, molding and animating with the skilled team down at the Animortal Studio in South Wales.  It is a privilege to have worked with a crew who are so respected in the field of stop motion and puppet making.

(None of the puppet/animation work in this teaser trailer is mine as I began work towards the end of production.  Once the film is released, I will post images detailing my involvement.)
'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires' Teaser Trailer #1 from Chuck Steel on Vimeo.

An image of me at work in the puppet department at the Animortal Studio.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Western Stop-motion Film

Here is a small scale stop-motion film I produced during my 3rd semester at Staffordshire University. I produced all puppets, sets, props and animation for the film.  The puppets themselves stand 4 inches high from their feet to their head.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Western Bar Maquette

This set maquette on an old western saloon was completed in two days for a university project. Made with predominantly foam board and acrylic paint.

I later produced a stop motion film utilizing the maquette.  Although wood would have been a more suitable material to build the set with, the foam board served me well enough for this smaller scale project. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rotoscope Gorilla

Completed for a class project. I am trying to implement my experience as an actor into my animated characters. I am channeling Laurence Olivier in his performance of Hamlet (1948).  It was an exciting exercise which I will develop upon in further assignments.

Rotoscope Gorilla from Gus Kearns on Vimeo.

Odd Sock Animated Short

This is an animated short I made in my free time at Staffordshire University.

Whilst still only on my first term, I was itching to sink my teeth into an animated short with a three act structure and story.  Although it is a rough piece of animation, I consider it a success as it was a four minute film, scheduled and completed on a tight time frame.  I had a week of pre-production, 3 weeks animation and a month of working in post-production.  The film had over 40 separate shots and 10 setups. Please enjoy!

The Odd Sock from Gus Kearns on Vimeo.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Stop Motion Film Update

I am currently working on a personal stop motion film project involving socks.  I spent many late nights up at the studio to complete the principal block of filming.