Category Archives: Negative Space

Internship with Willy

We have not had any intern in 6 years but this winter break, we asked Willy Fair from MICA Animation to help us out.
We wanted to conduct a several test animations to try out the puppet, animatable clothes, lighting, and the set.
For 1.5 weeks, we silently worked in a film studio at MICA and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! Good job Willy, it ended up being such a great session.

Puppet making with Mr. Yoshida!

I had the pleasure of working with a master puppet maker in Japan, Mr. Yoshida.
He makes all the puppets at Dwarf Studio that creates Domokun, Komaneko and many more.
Thank you to Mr. Minegishi, an amazing puppet animator at Dwarf Studio.

Mr. Yoshida was so thorough with communicating with me and explained patiently with the process and all the possible materials to try. Visiting his studio was a lot of fun, seeing all the tools and random materials laying around, it gave me a lot of sparks in trying new materials. If I lived in Japan, I would be visiting his studio all the time…

Family Paintings

While I was in Japan, my family helped me make some props. After a family dinner, we decided to paint miniature paintings that will be decorated in various sets for our next film, “Negative Space.”

Can you tell who painted which?

Then mom embroidered some elements in the paintings to add more texture and dimension.
Thank you mother, brother and sister-in-law for helping me out :) :) :)

Dead puppets came alive from the Grave Yard

I posted awhile ago that all the failed puppets go to the “puppet grave yard”
(You can read the blog post here)
Well, my mother asked me if she could have them so I happily brought them with me when I visited Japan.
Here is the renewed puppets.

Mom made them clothes, finished the face on the female puppet and gave them a frame.
Very happy they found a new home instead of laying in the dark puppet grave yard.

Failed Embroidery

I spent 3 days embroidering a wall paper for the set. After 70% was done, I had this gut feeling that it wasn’t working. By propping up and putting some furniture and characters in front, I realized that the pattern was overwhelming and the design did not work as a whole… So I spent another 1 day getting rid of the pattern.
Oh art making…..

2009 ~ 2015 Crafting with Will

Will Krause was here…as always! Wherever we move, Will comes to hang out with us to craft together. He’s an amazing prop maker and can make literally…anything.
In 2009, we were in Brooklyn building props for an airport that appears in “Something Left, Something Taken”

In 2010, we were still in Brooklyn, still making “Something Left, Something Taken”. This time, one of the largest sets, the San Francisco street view.

In 2012, in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Will made some bicycles for “Between Times” village scene.

In 2015 December… Will came to Baltimore to make sets and props for “Negative Space.

How special to have a friend to build and craft together wherever we go…