Summer is over, if there were any leaves left in LA after the particularly dry and hot season, they would be turning. The last two weeks saw old forces returning in the form of a new Aphex Twin album!, and a new edition of Space Hulk from Games Workshop! (Try combining the experience, the crackle of vinyl is particularly cinematic as you flame genestealers in claustrophobic corridors.)
The immensely talented author Michael Marshall (Smith) has finally, FINALLY I say, had some of his incredible body of work translated to the screen and the result is The Intruders TV series from BBC America. Now they should just go ahead and produce his adaptation of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld. Speaking of Clive Barker, the gentleman has had three art shows open here in LA this year (or was it four?), and those paintings are wonderful to experience up close, thick paint and scratches, a sight to behold. Come Halloween there will be a release of Barker’s own extended cut of Nightbreed,which is also going to be some occasion.
There should be two music videos coming this year, or when labels decide to hit the go button. They were immense fun to make. They will probably be the last two stop motion films for some time. (I say this every time and then someone shares something too excellent to resist.) Hopefully those previous seven films can be collected at some point. Right now I am working with immensely talented and supportive producers and we are going to go away and make something exciting, and then come back here at some point.
I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the Luisa Fernanda Opera on the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Theatre on June 5th. This was a great evening and a wonderful production. I was given the opportunity to return to the opera and take some pictures backstage before the final performance. I have posted some selections below from that evening. The opera was directed by Dr. Janelle Destefano and conducted by Dr. James Martin. I want to thank them, and the entire cast and crew for being so generous and allowing me to take these pictures.
April 4th, 2014 marks the Official launch of K I L L T S P I R I T and release of the first design – the “Sarsaparilla” cuff.
The film was Conceptualized & Directed by Karim Ghahwagi, and features appearances by Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown, with Music & Sound Design by Cora Ripatti.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such talented, creative and generous artists. Together the team worked to create the film using over 10,000 stills. All the old sewing machines, pin needles and clocks were animated frame by frame to give them the illusion of life. The house in the beginning of the film was created using three different houses, and the surrounding landscape was similarly photographed and assembled from locations in Denmark and Los Angeles. All live action sequences featuring Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown were also shot in stop motion to integrate them into the universe of the film, and they both created tremendous performances. We also shot a presentation of the Sarsaparilla Cuff using the same technique.