One day in 2005 Joshua Bastian, Joseph Douville, and Ryan Allmandinger got together and accidentally started making a film. It was shot on equipment that was never intended for the movies, with materials better suited to a kindergarten class. It could have been doomed from the start. Fortunately, Joe brought with him the nimble fingers & mind of an artist, Josh a Film degree from UC Santa Cruz with a minor in the meticulous, and Ryan an understanding of how to ramshackle technology together to meet our needs. All of us shared an ambition to collaborate on a film people will enjoy.
Making a stop motion film requires many things, but most importantly patience, precision, help, and experience…second only to precise amounts of wine and good company. The three of us get along well with just the right amount of intense collusion & friendly fighting. In the film Joe pushed for a social message, Ryan a political message, and Josh wanted us all to get along. Luckily we could all agree on blood & guts.
It was for this that we allotted countless hours to work together
It wouldn’t be for another seven years that “Next Species” would be named and completed.
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- Old Man
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Shaya Shub Durbin
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