Thursday, May 19, 2011

On Her Majesty's Stop-Motion Service

Tonight at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) gallery in Oklahoma City, the result of eight months' painstaking work by Kyle William Roberts premiered.

The short film Battle of the Bonds racks up action figure versions of the four major 007's (Connery, Moore, Brosnan, Craig) and throws them into a stop-motion, side-by-side brawl against some recognizable bad guys. A road trip then ensues. By day, Roberts is a video editor for, the website of newspaper The Oklahoman. At the rate of about four hours of labor for every three seconds of finished film, it took him many weekends and days off to get it all done.

Roberts has authored all kinds of animation, including an Oklahoma Thunder intro. For his Bond piece, he threw in helicopters, ninjas, and more than 5,000 different shots. Along with green screen work and background use of Quartz Mountain in southwest Oklahoma, Roberts got patronage from Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman and the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley:

The voiceover talent participating in Battle of the Bonds is also intriguing. Daneboe, Brittani Louise Taylor, and Zack Scott are all of a certain YouTube repute, while Lucas Ross is a local comic getting some additional exposure.

Update - 05/22/11: Battle of the Bonds is now posted on YouTube. Watch it here.

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