I made friends with Kendra in the year of 1990 when I knocked on her dorm room door and asked her if she would be my friend. She said YES she would be my friend even though she BARELY KNEW ME, which is one of the reasons she is such a quality person. The last time she made a Gothober piece, it was probably about 10 years ago or more, and it was about spider fear. She thought that perhaps she’d do a Gothtober piece this year, and asked her six year old son, Miles, to be the director.
The two put their heads together, and built a really cool haunted house, then had fourteen days of intensive storyboard meetings, concept exploration, and technical assessments. There were, like all good collaborations, some creative differences. When all the details were hammered out, they then put on their animator hats and went to work, and recorded their own sound, and I must say, the Haunted Battle is quite a SUCCESS!
The stage is set with a moody storm, there are skeletons and there’s lightening and WHAT’S THAT?!? Do I hear broad swords? The clashing of metal? Smoke and the creaking of haunted doors? What will happen next? Guess you better watch and see!
Find out more about the mother/son team known as Scribble Scrabble here!
From two young film maker brothers arrives a cautionary tale about how NOT to treat your feline friend!
When Max and Jay decide to mess with the cat, Children of the Corn, they learn the hard way that cats do NOT take kindly to human shenanigans! KP Pepe produced and directed this collaborative film, it’s got some sweet stop motion and some expert animal wrangling! I asked KP the inspiration for the work, and here’s the scoop:
We pretty much let Jay come up with the story with some assistance from Max and me and Candi. The boys/Candi made the bulk of the sets and we took turns animating it. They had a big role in the story and dialogue.
This is a fine family project, big props to everyone who worked so hard on it, especially Mama Candi, who was production designer! And very big thanks to Children of the Corn, who is a BIG Gothtober Star, we hope you get all of the fish you like!
This wonderful moody little film (Visit Gothtober, click on luggage bag #15) by The Hello Circus is about a day in the life of the Devil. When I asked about that, Lori Meeker (part of Hello Circus) explained that “There are all these stories about people being tricked by the devil, but is it really being tricked? I mean… a deal’s a deal. If you sign, you sign!”
The backgrounds and characters for this story were made by hand, sculpted, placed, and intricately detailed. Hopefully after seeing this beautiful haunting piece, you’t think twice about signing any contracts with evil spirits/deities, it’s never worth it!