1. "Penny, Boys" Pee Wee's Playhouse


    from Robert Lyons / Added

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    While working full-time on "Pee Wee's Playhouse" first season as director of photography for "Life in the Fridge", I occasionally got the opportunity to work on other parts of the program. The "Penny" cartoons were begun by Nick Park and David Sproxton of England's Aardman Animation. They set up the initial custom down-shooter rig for doing their unique style of low-relief clay animation. After completing the first several cartoons they had to return to England and I was asked to create duplicate down-shooter rigs so NY animators could complete the series of cartoons. On one day when my lighting and camera duties for Fridge were complete and one of the Penny animators called in sick, I asked if I could jump in and animate Penny. This was the first time I had ever done lip-sync animation in stop motion. This Penny episode involved 2 or 3 animators in addition to myself, including David Daniels and Bill Wright, and the original clay model fabrication was done by Tim Young. In the beginning of the cartoon two of the boys in the front row that transform into babies are characters of the two owners of the production company, Broadcast Arts. Voice of Penny: Anna Seidman.

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    • "Pee Wee's Punk Rock Pogo Party"


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      As a 2nd unit cameraman on the first season of Pee Wee's Playhouse, produced by Broadcast Arts in NYC, I got to shoot this live action background plate of a punk rock pogo dance party. The footage was shot with a 16mm Bolex camera with people that worked in the film and art department who looked the part, and people literally pulled in off the streets from the East Village. Pee Wee Herman and Cowboy Curtis (Lawrence Fishburne) wearing mohawk wigs, were shot separately in front of a green screen so they could be matted in front of the other dancers. For more fun with Pee Wee and Cowboy Curtis see "Pee Wee's Psychedelic Adventure" https://vimeo.com/66297188

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      • "Pee Wee's Psychedelic Adventure"


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        Through the magical combination of music, cameraless animation, and a digital transfer of scratched, painted, dyed, and drawn on film stock, Pee Wee Herman & Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne) are transported beyond the fourth wall on a psychedelic adventure at Pee Wee's Playhouse. This is an experimental art film that laughs at itself while exploring alternative realities on multiple levels. The source material 35mm roll of film was one I had left over from my days as an animation DP (Director of Photography) working on Pee Wee's Playhouse. All the art-on-film animation was created by myself and six of my students from Pratt & U-Arts (Shannon Brice, Alleanna Harris, Ben Howell, Bianca Lott, Austin Myers & Wren Nilla). I supervised the film to digital transfer done at Technicolor, Postworks in NYC. The music is a live performance of the song "4 to 6 or 25" written and performed by Anonymous

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        • Beauty Is Embarrassing - trailer - a film by Neil Berkelely


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          Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing directed by Neil Berkeley, tells the irreverent and inspiring story of Wayne Shite, a one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy’s. It follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows like Beakman’s World and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight) and Peter Gabriel (Big Time) through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. The film, like White, embraces the ragged edges and messy contradictions of life, art, and family with rabid humor and honesty.

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          • "Life in the Fridge" Rock & Roll


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            This was one of many episodes of "Life in the Fridge" created for the first season of CBS Inc.'s "Pee Wee's Playhouse" produced by Broadcast Arts in NYC. I worked as the DP (director of photography) with director: Rob Niosi, animator: Spencer Cook & producer Eric Herrmann. This is what occupied most of my summer in 1986. In addition to doing the lighting and camera work I also did motion control and occasionally animated a shot or two. The Joshua Light-show seen behind The Crinkle Cuts band was footage my father shot at a Jeff Beck concert at the Filmore East in NYC circa 1968 and was rear projected one frame at a time into the stop motion set. The song "It's Cold Inside" was written and performed by Mark Mothersbough of Devo.

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            • "Life in the Fridge" Tequila


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              This was one of many episodes of "Life in the Fridge" created for the first season of CBS Inc.'s Saturday morning, hit TV show, "Pee Wee's Playhouse" produced by Broadcast Arts in NYC during the summer of 1986. I worked as the DP (director of photography) with director: Rob Niosi, animator: Spencer Cook & producer Eric Herrmann. We shot all the episodes of Fridge on 35MM film with Mitchell cameras. In addition to doing the lighting and camera work I also did motion control and occasionally animated a shot or two. In this episode the freezer food is having a dance party and the ice cube mimics Pee Wee Herman's famous tippy toe tequila dance steps. I animated the ice cube close up shot with the spinning bow tie. Note: The live action character Cowboy Curtis is played by Lawrence Fishburne.

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              • Pop Culture Nostalgia Porn


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                Video collage. No sound.

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                • "Pee Wee's Playhouse" Stop Motion Square Dance


                  from Robert Lyons / Added

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                  While working as part of the 2nd unit production team, I got the job to shoot some animation on the live action playhouse stage. These shots were ones that did not require Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) to be on set. This was one of the last shots to be done on the first season and was literally happening while portions of the set that are off camera were being torn down. In this shot Globey and Magic Screen have themselves a stop motion animated square dance that I filmed with a Bolex camera.

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                  • "Spacid Filmutations" (U-Arts Animation)


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                    "Spacid Filmutions" is the title of this 2013 U-Arts, Object Animation class, group project, cameraless animation experimental film. As the title implies it is, in part, about the mutation of film, it is also an abstract experiment in motion picture visual music. The students worked their imagery directly onto a variety 35mm film stocks that I supplied, using a wide range of media, methods, and techniques to artistically alter the original film materials (if you look carefully, you can find imbedded on some of the source material film clips, images from the TV show, "Pee Wee's Playhouse", & the feature film, "Star Trek V"). The finished film clips were edited together and then transferred at Technicolor Postworks in NYC to an HD digital file for final editing, sound, effects, and titles. The film was directed by student, Nishant Thelakkat. Sound design and music is by greenbeanz & nhuhn (students Mike Green & Nick Huhn). Editing is by Nick Huhn & myself, and title designs are by student, Alleanna Harris. Go to https://vimeo.com/62303556 to see all the raw HD footage that this film was edited from.

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                    • Picture This Pitch


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                      Michael Chase Walker Presents his patented Picture This Storybook system that nurtures the content creators of tomorrow

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