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Dark omens descend upon an old Viking chieftain as he lives through his final night. Nordic mythology, Sagas and real life tragedies mix in this tale of devotion, regret and renewal.

Ragnarok-end of gods – Trailer 1 from Magnuzaki Studio on Vimeo.

Finally after almost 5 years in the making my 11 minute epic stop-motion short film is finally out. I am very excited and think it ended up being really good. I hope that some of you will catch it on the big screen when it reaches a festival close to you.

Medium: Stop-motion animation, mixed media.
Director: Hlynur Magnusson.

Check out Hlynur’s new multicolor webpage and http://SonOfMagnus.com and be sure to take a look at the new slick Reel.

Then lets do some inspiring and cool work together :D

Hlynur REEL2010 from Magnuzaki Studio on Vimeo.

An evening with Yuri Norstein

February 8th, 2010

Last Friday, we had the privilege of going to a screening and Q&A with renowned animator and filmmaker Yuri Norstein. For those that aren’t familiar with his work, I highly recommend checking them out, particularly “A Hedgehog in the Fog” and “Tale of Tales.” Though his technique is much more complex than what I’m going to attempt to describe, he basically uses cutout puppets on a multi-plane set up (downshooter with several glass shelves to create depth).

It was a real treat to be able to see the films on an actual print, the colors and textures were much more vibrant and fulfilling. The Q&A session with (my former teacher) Igor Kovalyov and Yuri was also eye opening and humbling. It’s inspiring to see artists never giving up on their craft and continuing to pursue their vision despite worldly difficulties. Yuri struck me as the kind of person with a keen sense of self-awareness and purity of thought.

One last thing, those that attended also had a chance for a sneak peak at his feature film (being produced since 1981!) “The Overcoat.” It was silent and black and white, but man what a masterpiece! The level of detail and subtle acting is astounding. I hope he gets to finish it, I would love it if a company would have the guts to finance it.

Here are some photos:

Q&A session

Yuri talks about his films and life.

Yuri signs my book, Igor is in the background.

Yuri signs my book, and Igor is in the background.

Tale of Tales book cover

The cover of Yuri's book.

book autograph

Yuri's autograph

"A Hedgehog in the Fog" print

The print for "A Hedgehog in the Fog."

Shamone

January 30th, 2010

Magnuzaki Studio is currently involved in a collaborative theatre piece being directed by the fabulous puppet master Katie Shook and written by Sibyl O’Malley. We are all very busy developing the visuals for the projections and having a lot of fun. Scheduled to be released this summer. Stay tuned for more updates!

Let the Wild Loose

January 29th, 2010

Here is the Beataztik electro tune made for Wild Grinders – Wild in the Streets, the fantastic Stop Motion thrill ride. Download the track itself for you to enjoy and follow up with some nice 80′s breakdance moves. Made by Hlynur AKA. Futomatik in his comback into the electronic music scene.

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Futomatik – Wild In the Streets

Party at Yo Gabba Gabba!

January 28th, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba! threw an art party last night and it was a blast! Complete with characters made out of cupcakes, yummm!

We had a few prints for sale from Tae’s (a.k.a. Joice) new Naughty but Nice series. Here’s a preview:

Unfortunately, we are all sold out. We are considering doing a second run, so if you are interested please let us know ($15 for each, $35 for whole set).

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