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I re-discovered how cool shots of the universe are via my new friend Joey Shanks (IMDB) – he sent me an email and introduced himself and now I want to spend the day in the garage playing with milk and food color! We all know there aren't cameras spinning way out in the nebula, but we've got to have some visuals to go with the conversation about the cosmos, so why not make your own? That's what Joey does for a living (and more of course).

Actually, once I saw the video Joey shared with me, I spent about an hour touring his site learning more about him and watched some of the amazing videos and his stop motion short “Wiggle Room” (watch that below the bio – pretty amazing — and be sure to watch the BTS!).

Joey's been on PBS Digital Studios videos for a while and you can see his full bio below. Pretty amazing guy! And, (tease), we've got more coming from Joey in a few weeks.

I asked him about the sound design on the video below and whether he regularly reads planet5D:

Thanks for checking out our stuff Mitch, I do all the sound design, prob my favorite part of the editing process.

I always swing by you're blog when in search for inspiration :-)))

Thanks for the kind words Joey! I know your videos will inspire others – so we're thrilled to be able to share!

Creating the Cosmos for PBS

Video sent by Joey Shanks:

Comments: Creating the Cosmos with milk, food color and a sheet of glass

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I finally reveal one of my most effective techniques, “THE SHEET OF GLASS” effect for creating the Cosmos.

Don't be overwhelmed, it's quite simple once you get the hang of it.

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Music by: Big Fok

With PBS Digital Studios —-

Joey Shanks Bio:

I grabbed this from the kickstarter project he did for the film “Wiggle Room”

Joe Schenkenberg (aka “Joey Shanks”) has been making films for over a decade now with his small production crew in North Carolina. With over 50 short films completed, rarely were any of them submitted to film festivals. Always setting aside newly completed films and looking ahead to the next cinematic endeavor has been the overlying theme since day one. A blessing and a curse this has been.

Getting a little burnt-out with “live-action” shorts Joey Shanks decided to tackle the cinematic medium of “stop-motion animation”. Hoping to make something highly creative and get a little bit of exposure in the process. He had never done “stop-motion” before and actually referred to it as “still-frame” animation well into the mid-stages of production.

Initially, “Wiggle Room” was thought to only take 2 months of total production time. Hours upon hours of wasted animations were needed to learn the subtle nuisances of stop-motion. A “live-action” filmmaking approach was taken to a stop-motion film with 55 minutes worth of animations hitting the editing room floor. Being “naive” and/or “clueless” to animated films may have been the best thing going for this new auteur. Anyone else would have “gotten-out” in the early stages while they still could.

A recluse hermit “Joey Shanks” quickly became. Making his girlfriend move out and stay with her brother for the last 3 months of animating because their kitchen had become “off limits” and the need for food was too much to handle.

9 months later, “Wiggle Room” was completed.

Surprisingly enough, his girlfriend moved back in with him.
He is no longer allowed to film in their kitchen for any reason.

“Wiggle Room” would go on to be an official selection to Atlanta, Athens, Arizona, Blue Plum, Cape Fear, Carrboro, DC, Indie Grits, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and The USA film festival. It would go on to win best animated short at the Carrboro Film Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Cape Fear Film Festival and 42nd annual USA film festival.

Wiggle Room

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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