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Interview with Nick Boxwell, Writer, Producer, and Director of Stop Motion Short Film About the Tin Woodman of Oz, "The Tin Woods"

“When you have a near death experience almost everything you want to do that’s emotionally important becomes more urgent,” says Portland-based videographer and photographer Nick Boxwell, explaining to Stop Motion Geek his driving motivation for collaborating with close friend Mattzilla Duron—a sculptor, character designer, and twelve year veteran at Laika Studios—to launch the ongoing Kickstarter campaign to fund their first stop motion short film, entitled The Tin Woods after the character whose story hope to tell—that of the Tin Woodman of Oz. “I have lots of half-baked scripts and half-started projects going on at all times,” Boxwell continues, “but if I do die soon I’d like to leave behind one personal film, and I hope it’s this one.”

Inspired by author L. Frank Baum’s classic books set in the Land of Oz, The Tin Woods tells the story of how Nick Chopper, a human, came to be the Tin Woodman of Oz—a story which Boxwell translates pieces of his traumatic, near-death experience, and…
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Interview with Victor Haegelin, Director and Animator of Stop Motion Action Mini-Movie, "Captain 3D"

Snatching a moment’s respite, a moment now drawing to a close, animation director Victor Haegelin—sporting wide-rimmed 3D glasses with big, red and blue lens—flips through the last few pages of a comic book boasting in big, red letters, “Captain 3D.” He reclines in a leather-backed computer chair, sitting at his desk, every inch of it crammed with something, though what exactly is anyone’s guess, stocked as it is with an animator’s lightbox, a glass jar filled to overflowing with colored pencils that lies an arm’s distance from of a litany of neatly stacked books and magazines—complete with a smattering with glossy comics coated in celluloid—the array finished off with every creator’s most essential companion: a sketch-pad and pen, the items lying closest at hand.




Finally, coming to an end of the comic, Haegelin—chuckling at the final few exploits of our dashing hero, Captain 3D, a spandex-wearing superhero without any superpowers save for his pair of 3D glasses—sets aside the book, …

Interview with Roos Mattaar, Director of Stop Motion Short Film "Nieuwstad (New City)," A Film About the Birth of a City

In the twelfth century, a Dutch peasant family of three – mother, father, and son, each clad in rough-spun wool tunics, the mother in a broad-brimmed white bonnet and apron ­– living on wetlands of the small peasant village of Paveien in Netherlands, just outside of the town of Culenborch (modern-day “Culemborg”) and the village of Lanxmeer, are themselves a strange distillation of their surroundings. To our twenty-first century eyes, their lives – from birth to death – are shaped so starkly by the world in which they live – a world of toil and soil, with the stuff plagued by uncertain flooding patterns and gray, gray weather.

With the benefit of hindsight and an eye looking back from the twenty-first century, everything from their clothes to their very way of life – one of mere survival, of settling wild lands by building house and barn and then cultivating the land remaining – has a look and feel total alien to most inhabitants of the earth today, a look and feel that is entirely u…