I’ve taken on all sorts of projects over the years, pushing out of my comfort zone and trying my hand at new methods and in different industries. While I enjoy learning as I go, for aspects of a project beyond my expertise, collaborating with experts is vital to creating a well-balanced, high-quality end result.
I recently completed a stop-motion video project for the UnTours Foundation. The short film, titled “Dollars That Make Sense,” encourages nonprofit foundations to make investments that are aligned with their organizations’ values. I had done some stop-motion work before, but this was a larger-scale project that required me to call upon friends and collaborators, both new and old, to bring my client’s vision to life.
I first co-wrote the script with Elizabeth Killough from UnTours Foundation to ensure the foundation’s message was clearly and accurately represented. Monica Moran, a longtime collaborator of mine, provided the voiceover and fine-tuned the script to improve its flow.
In keeping with the financial theme, the “puppets” in this stop-motion film are origami figures made from dollar bills. These were made by Sarah Liu, a crafter who has decades of experience folding origami.
As for the shoot itself, I handled direction, animation, and editing. Stephen van Vuuren served as my visual-effects supervisor, advising me on several key shots throughout the piece.
For the film’s score, I turned to Peter Tramo and Tom Hamilton. I have worked with Peter for over 20 years on a variety of projects, and his acoustic-based compositions complement my production style well.
Each collaborator’s expertise and individual touch has helped shape this project into something extraordinary. Their help allows me to focus on what I do best, while also elevating the quality of the project’s other elements.
Watch the full film here: