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Tom Brierton Feature Stop  Motion animation film under development..Part of the metal skeleton armature for Saphylomos, with breathing mechanism on chest. More…


Stop Motion Central News - ....The Labyrinth ..A Work in progress by Tom Brierton

Ariadne Metal Ball and Socket armature with breathing mechanism in chest.


Saphylomos the Minotaur Armature Cast in Foam Rubber


From Wiki.."In Greek mythology, the Minotaur  was a creature that was part man and part bull. It dwelt at the centre of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction built for King Minos of Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus who were ordered to build it to hold the Minotaur. The historical site of Knossos is usually identified as the site of the labyrinth. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus."


Design Sketches for Princess Ariadne

Princess Ariadne (arr-ee-AD-nee), daughter of King Minos of Crete, helped Theseus slay her monstrous half-brother, known as the Minotaur, by teaching him to use a golden thread as a path within the labyrinth where the Minotaur lived.


Princess Ariadne Clay Sculpture (prior to making the mold and eventual casting in Foam Rubber for the final animation puppet)









Tom Brierton has been practicing stop-motion animation for 31 years, and has directed/animated the stop-motion short, NO EXIT?, which has been shown nationally at various film festivals, as well as the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, IL. Brierton is the author of "Stop Motion Armature Machining” (McFarland and Co., Pub, 2002), as well as "Stop Motion Puppet Fabrication-Build-up, Foam Injection, and Finishing Techniques” (also through McFarland, due out Dec., 2003). Currently producing/directing THE LABYRINTH, (a stop motion animated film based on the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur), Brierton has also taught stop-motion and CGI character animation at Columbia College Chicago for the past six years.


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