Otis, a hard-luck logger, plans to capture bigfoot for modest financial gain. Patrick Neary’s first stop motion animated short film, Otis v Monster premiered at Seattle’s Bumbershoot/1 Reel Film Festival, has been selected by a dozen film festivals, was a finalist in Nickelodeon’s International Animation Festival competition, and won the Best Regional Film award from Tacoma Film Festival.
To create the 3-minute clay animation film, Patrick Neary painted backgrounds, created miniature woodland scenes, and sculpted each clay character – a process taking several months. Contributors to the production included Susan Elhardt (set material) and Kevin MacLeod (composer). Everything else was crafted by Patrick: script, characters, props, lighting, cinematography, picture and sound mix. The film was shot frame-by-frame on an old 35mm Mitchell camera – with a history of being used for Korean war-era missile testing – on Fuji Eterna 35mm film.