My 2013 Animation Demo Reel

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[00:03] “The Cucaranchula”
[00:42] “Muybridge in Metal”
[00:48] “cat WACO”
[01:11] “Motion Monsters”
[01:32] “God-like”

[Note: Watch on and timecodes will link directly into reel.]

[00:03] The Cucaranchula • A short film written and directed by Kate Balsley. For this short film, I designed and animated the 2.5D sequences, I planned and machined-out the armature parts (with my metals instructor, Frankie Flood’s guidance), constructed and fabricated the full spider armature puppet myself, I animated and shot the stop motion sequences, and I executed the puppet tricks during the live action scenes with the Actors on set. The short is not available to watch in-full online yet, but check out some of the production documented here =

[00:42] Muybridge in Metal •  I constructed a copper Zoetrope with pierced brass slides of  Eadweard Muybridge’s “Galloping Horse.”  Production documented =

[00:48] cat WACO • An animated music video for Screamin’ Cyn-Cyn & the Pons. The concept is my adaptation of their lyrics and I designed and constructed the set, props, and all of the characters myself. This was the first stop motion animation I had ever done and it was created without any screen grabbing software assistance, taken on my Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS, and edited it all together in Final Cut.  Full animation =  Production documented =

[01:11] Motion Monsters • These are a couple clips from a bigger series I did for, I did the motion-capture, the cutting up and prepping 2D drawings for animating, then the character animating and FXs for each clip. The clips I show here were created out of the character drawings and video footage contributions of the following members: sojushots, pprescott, MelonBerri, Jerryliufilmmaker, SRL73, 12.42, OliviaAbtahi, adhgraphicdesign, roketsientist33, and Jane_TH.

[01:32] God-like • An animated music video to the song of the same title preformed by Gogol Bordello. The concept is my adaptation of their lyrics, I designed the characters, and did all of the animation and recording. Full version =


A special thank you to Ryan Patrick for permission to use his tune “Ba Da Dop Bop Bop” for my reel’s soundtrack.


The Cucaranchula is on the move!

The Cucaranchula was 100% Funded on May 22nd! I thought I had posted an update on this, but apparently I got distracted by all the initial excitement, and then dove right in to work. Thank you family, friends and fans that contributed to the Kickstarter campaign. You are my Heroes.

Kate Balsley has pulled together an excellent crew of talent for this short film, and I cannot wait to walk on set with all these folks. We start actual Production mid-July.

ImageI have been a busy lady with character concepts, storyboards and spider design specs for the puppet(s) construction. For my stop-motion spider sequences in this film, I decided to create custom armature(s) for “the Creature.” I was thrilled that my former Instructor, Frankie Flood, was willing to help me with this ambitious decision. Design/Construction specs like these are not typically my forte, so I am really challenging myself and learning a great deal. We just fabricated our first test armature pieces from my design specs, and I am stoked to say that my specs are working out, only a few tweaks will be needed to increase tension consistency. Awesome.

I cannot wait to share with you more photos as the project progresses. Stay tuned!

The Cucaranchula – Help make this short film happen!

I was honored to be asked by Kate Balsley to be her Lead Animator on her short film, The Cucaranchula. If we can raise the funds, I will be designing, building and stop-motion animating “The Creature” puppet, creating some 2D animated cutaways, and operating “the Spider-Cam” on the set with live actors. I am so pumped!!!

Help us make it happen, here is our Kickstarter Page –


Third Coast (UWM Film Archives) PRESS:  “cat WACO” by Brooke Duckart

“Third Coast is an online archive that showcases the finest film and videos produced by artists’ associated with UW-Milwaukee’s Film Department. Supplied from alumni, faculty and students our goal is to preserve the department’s stature as well as give lesser-known artists’ a place to be seen. Each week we will unleash a world of new and old material for your viewing eyes along with supplemental artist bios.”

Third Coast’s review of “cat WACO”

Muybridge in Metal

For my “Intro to Metals” class, I made an Eadweard Muybridge tribute in Metals. I constructed a Copper Zoetrope and pierced Brass slides with his “Galloping Horse.” This is a Stop Motion I made with the completed work.

For the curious, in-progress documentation can be seen here –