I love playing boardgames and roleplaying games - and both types of games often have lots of dice for rolling and pencils for writing down stats or calculating scores. So I decided to combine them to make a pencil holder in the shape of a large wooden die.
Making a wooden cup for my toothbrush from four hardwoods: maple, cherry, walnut and padauk, using my tablesaw, belt sander and drill press.
In this stop-motion homage to 1970s crime films, two hitmen race to clean up their latest job while searching for a piece of evidence that could threaten to unravel their entire operation. All while being tailed by a mysterious figure who shares a similar, ominous interest in finding what they're looking for.
My friend Zach wanted to be Ryan Gosling's Agent K from the film Bladerunner 2049 for Halloween, and asked me if I could make him a prop version of the gun seen onscreen.
In the spring of 2008, I was contacted by a LEGO representative. They were looking for LEGO animators willing to make a short film to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure. Four months later, 30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure was completed.
Bricks in Motion is a feature length documentary that explores the lives of individuals involved in the hobby of creating stop-motion animated films with LEGO® bricks and other building toys. Filmed in five countries around the world, the film is a journey through the creative life and struggles of a diverse community of storytellers as they bring their spectacular visions to life.
AMR wanted to release series of new public service announcements they could post on social media, focusing on basic safety issues like the dangers of overheating in locked cars. They wanted the shorts to feature their mascot, Amby the Ambulance. Philip successfully pitched using stop-motion to bring Amby to life, and asked if I would be interested in helping. I had never built a stop-motion puppet before, but I was eager to expand my skills, so I accepted.
One day, out of the blue, my friend and collaborator Zach Macias contacted me, asking "Nate...do you want to make a Star Wars short film with me?" Turns out Zach had found out about the Go Rogue video contest, a contest designed to promote the new Star Wars movie Rogue One.