A New Stop-Motion Character

Hamiett the Chameleon


sonny rosenberg

2/4/20241 min read

Even though I've posted a few CG animations here, for reasons that I still haven't identified, I've been hesitant to post stop-motion animations or characters here.

I recently finished (well, almost finished, I haven't even begun his boots and probably won't have time to tackle those until summer) a new character. His name is Hamiett, he's named after the late Jazz musician Hamiet Bluiett, although he looks nothing like the real Hamiet.

Even though Hamiett, at first glance, appears to be a space alien (stop calling him that!) grafted onto a Tin Man body, he's not. He's a blue one eyed chameleon. When I decided to leave his ball and socket armature joints exposed, I just couldn't resist painting his body like a silver space suit. Alright, if you insist. I guess he could be considered a Space Chameleon.

Hamiett is built for dialog with plug-in mouths. In fact, he's going to be a salesman "Marzuki handball sales and service!"

In the industry, this is what is referred to as a beauty shot, although this one is fairly shabby and not very well lit.

Hamiett is built on a George carbon fiber armature using driftwood, Magic Sculpt, Pro-Poxy and foam clay. I'm renovating my stop-motion stage so that I can animate during the day time, but I probably won't even be able to start animating Hamiett until late March.