Monday, May 20, 2013


I was pleased to find out that a new book collecting previously unpublished Storyboards from the STAR WARS PREQUEL TRILOGY was being released by LucasFilm.  I hadn't expected that any of this material would ever see the light of day, as Storyboards are often excluded from typical 'Art Of' books.

    Fortunately, our work had a champion in author J. W. Rinzler, who conceived and pushed for this edition. My Story contribution was entirely on EPISODE III, and much of the my artwork fills the last 60 pages of the book-!

  The book is also chock full of great Story material by Iain McCaig, Ed Natividad, Benton Jew, Rodolfo Damaggio, Brian Kalin O'Connell, and more...CHECK IT-!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


   So many heroes have been passing away of late, but few have had a more powerful impact on who I am as an artist and designer as the legendary RAY HARRYHAUSEN.  When fans,  students, or colleagues ask me who have had the most influence on my work, Ray usually tops the list.

    It is impossible to SUMMARIZE the scope and depth of Ray's contribution to Filmmaking, Visual Effects, Animation and Storytelling.  His influence was SO pervasive, that it becomes difficult to identify any Filmmakers of the last half century who haven't been impacted by Ray's work.

  Beyond all of his filmic achievements and innovations, it is in his ICONIC Creature Design and Animation that my heart connected with him.  His manifestation of character and pathos in his creations was staggering, and few have matched his delicate touch and sense of wonder.  I asked him once HOW he got so much emotional anguish out of his creatures ( especially in their death throes ), and he stated that he felt that it was only when he put real EMOTION and EMPATHY into his creation that it transformed from merely a 'Monster' to a 'Creature'  In all my life, I'd never considered that distinction...

 I will always have tremendous gratitude that I had the opportunity to meet with him on two occasions ( the first time pictured above ), and to talk to him about our mutual passion.

  I'll miss you Ray.