Set Design, Painting and Fabrication for Stop Motion Animation

I’ve been designing scenery since I received my MFA in theatre design at the University of Texas long enough ago that Borco was a necessary product for the task. Since then, I’ve stayed current with the industry, drafting plans and making 3D models on the computer. I got my start working in animation at Will Vinton Studios, where I served as set designer on television shows “Gary and Mike”, and “The PJs”. I served as one of three set designers at Laika for “The BoxTrolls” and “ParaNorman”. Eventually I grew tired of sitting behind a computer and have very much enjoyed returning to the workshop where I appreciate working with my hands and exchanging ideas and techniques with my cohort.

  • For House Special, ShadowMachine, Laika and Will Vinton Studios
  • Date 1997 and counting.

Art Direction – The Shivering Truth (pilot)

Set Design – Town Main Street (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – Ghost Office Overview (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – ParaNorman School Exterior Overview (illustration by Ross Stewart). (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – School Exterior – elevations. (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – School Exterior (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – School Exterior – ground plan. (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – Town Hall Archives Door Collection (ParaNorman, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – The 23 buildings that make up Market Square, based on Brussels Place, Belgium. There were 5 versions of this set constructed in order to accommodate the shooting schedule. (BoxTrolls, Laika, Inc.)

Set Design – This drawing details the architectural features so that the tops of the buildings could be replicated in VFX. (BoxTrolls, Laika, Inc.)

Set Design – Snatcher’s Factory (The Boxtrolls, Laika, Inc.)

Set Design – Snatcher’s Factory (The Boxtrolls, Laika, Inc.)

Set Design – Snatcher’s Factory (The Boxtrolls, Laika, Inc.)

Set Design – Cheese Guild (The Boxtrolls, Laika Inc.)

Set Design – Cheese Guild (The Boxtrolls, Laika Inc.)