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RIP, dear axe by Mara999 RIP, dear axe :iconmara999:Mara999 1 8 Axe with accessories by Mara999 Axe with accessories :iconmara999:Mara999 0 2 The devil in the bottle by Mara999 The devil in the bottle :iconmara999:Mara999 0 0 Ribbon by Mara999 Ribbon :iconmara999:Mara999 2 0 Hush, it'll be alright by Mara999 Hush, it'll be alright :iconmara999:Mara999 1 2 Title-card with trolls by Mara999 Title-card with trolls :iconmara999:Mara999 0 2 A group of Trolls by Mara999 A group of Trolls :iconmara999:Mara999 6 6 School is out! by Mara999 School is out! :iconmara999:Mara999 2 4 Dragon carcass miniature by Mara999 Dragon carcass miniature :iconmara999:Mara999 2 4 Drake Statue by Mara999 Drake Statue :iconmara999:Mara999 6 5 Chatting by Mara999 Chatting :iconmara999:Mara999 1 0 Different ideas by Mara999 Different ideas :iconmara999:Mara999 1 0 Buddies by Mara999 Buddies :iconmara999:Mara999 1 0 My folder, my story by Mara999 My folder, my story :iconmara999:Mara999 2 0 Rawr! by Mara999 Rawr! :iconmara999:Mara999 1 0 New friends by Mara999 New friends :iconmara999:Mara999 2 0

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In Search Of.. by Loneanimator In Search Of.. :iconloneanimator:Loneanimator 58 44 The Names of My Imps Are.. by Loneanimator The Names of My Imps Are.. :iconloneanimator:Loneanimator 33 28 Vertebrochain by KingOvRats Vertebrochain :iconkingovrats:KingOvRats 41 26 Smith - Thasaidon, God of Evil by KingOvRats Smith - Thasaidon, God of Evil :iconkingovrats:KingOvRats 100 30 Magic Tooth of Iron Bear by TeroPorthan Magic Tooth of Iron Bear :iconteroporthan:TeroPorthan 274 77 The Sack of Nargothrond by Egobarri The Sack of Nargothrond :iconegobarri:Egobarri 22 3 The Doctor's Guardian by Loneanimator The Doctor's Guardian :iconloneanimator:Loneanimator 58 38 The Black Goat of the Woods by verreaux The Black Goat of the Woods :iconverreaux:verreaux 254 36 Isle of Emuu by evelmiina Isle of Emuu :iconevelmiina:evelmiina 1,985 58 Crawler by LAMENT-ART Crawler :iconlament-art:LAMENT-ART 16 1 Virvatulet by Terotopia Virvatulet :iconterotopia:Terotopia 32 0 Midnight Visitor by Loneanimator Midnight Visitor :iconloneanimator:Loneanimator 61 44 Varyag Viking costume final by zorm Varyag Viking costume final :iconzorm:zorm 49 14 Arthas by DestMelkor Arthas :icondestmelkor:DestMelkor 7 0 Blue-Mages-wip2 by DiegoGisbertLlorens Blue-Mages-wip2 :icondiegogisbertllorens:DiegoGisbertLlorens 343 11 Snow by MoaWallin Snow :iconmoawallin:MoaWallin 209 9
This is a very short clip I made to experiment further with green-screen and some of the free effects on Footagecrate.com, as well as a bit of rudimentary stopmotion. I might use this clip for a larger project in the future, definitely something involving trolls. I have made a few vlogs (in Swedish) about ancient folkore present in recent history and somebody asked me to make a video about trolls, which is a pretty big subject that I'll gladly discuss.

I've had a long relationship with the Student Theatre at Åbo Akademi University (STÅ), having worked with props and scenery back when I were an active member. I even acted on stage for one play way back in 2008. Nowadays I've mainly borrowed their facilities and worked with their members for my own videos. They will soon put up a play called Törnrosa Exposed! ("Sleeping Beauty Exposed"), which is a satire based on the wellknown fairytale and its Disney adaptation. Here Sleeping Beauty is portrayed as a socialite who pretty much just wants to party all the time and ends up in a love triangle when she falls for a prince, who happens to be married to the equivalent of Maleficent. Here is the trailer I've made for the play, in the style of old news bulletins. There are subtitles in English for those of you who aren't fluent in Swedish.

The past six months were a very busy time for me, which meant that I had to postpone most of my ideas for different creative projects, particularly my ideas for sketches and short films. Fortunately I did get to make one video project, when I was asked by a student association to make a trailer for their comedy production celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence. It must be noted that the production plays very loosely with historical events from the year 1917, but this can be justified in-universe as the recollections of an elderly Marshall CGE Mannerheim. Anyhow, I believe that from a technical standpoint this trailer might be the best video I've made so far, as it is the result of more than a year's worth of practicing on the programs I use in filmmaking.

I really like Halloween, even though it isn't celebrated officially in my neck of the woods. There is something delightfully macabre and surreal about turning supposedly nightmarish things into happy fun-time for the whole family, which is a surprisingly ancient tradition. I suppose the ancients realized that humour is a good weapon to use against the scariness of the vast uncaring universe. This is partly why I get such a kick from old-fashioned horror by Universal, Hammer and Roger Corman, as well as the multitude of child-friendly parodies made later on. It is mostly scary in a fun way and overall quite harmless.

These are the types of horror-films I'd want to make myself and so far I've made a few short films that fall somewhere between macabre Gothic horror and horror comedies, mostly connected to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I've also made two vlogs (in Swedish) about horror films, in a segment my friend suggested we call "Halloween Havoc". We'd like to have our production already now stable enough to make the same vlog-series every year, such as something about Halloween and Christmas-themed movies. But unfortunately real life has a tendency to always get in the way of such plans.

This Autumn has been very stressful with my studies, partly because my university of applied sciences moved to a new building and everything is still a bit chaotic. I also have my third workplace training coming up soon, but before that I have a total of six courses to get through within a month and a half. The workload has been big and I still have two deadlines to go through, but the end is so near that I can handle it without breaking apart from the stress. It's just such a pity that I've had so much work to do in September and October that I haven't been able to do any film-related stuff and I'll have to skip the "Halloween Havoc" this year. It also doesn't help that my closest partner in crime had to move away and we are now forced to co-operate with everything on distance. I also have a few half-finished horror-comedy projects which would have been really nice to get finished for the most appropriate time of the year, but these will have to wait yet a little while. But for next year I intend to time-manage better, so that I can fix seasonally oriented projects a bit earlier. Perhaps I'll attempt to film the next Halloween-vlog already in the summer?

Considering all the responsibilities we have deal with, such as work, family and studies, it is still quite impressive that we've managed to crank out as much as we have over the three years we have been making sketches and short films. Hopefully once I'm done with my own studies and have settled into a larger home I can start to gradually make more advanced and ambitious projects. The more macabre stuff appropriate for this season, that we've made so far, can be seen here on this playlist:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Every October the comic book reviewer Linkara runs the daily segment "Longbox of the Damned", a throwback to old horror anthologies where the ghoul Moarte reviews horror-comics. Now for the second year in a row he has set up a competition for bumpers to put at the end of each episode. I entered last year with a pair of short videos and my entry for this year is the first attempt at using my Undead Barbarian Puppet for a project. Some limited stop-motion set against a Viking-Age house from my workplace, I think it works pretty well as a barrow-wight of some sort. :)

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Martin Backman
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Finland
I'm a geek of many interests, including drawing and miniatures. I hesitate to use the word "art" because of how easily it can equate to something being very pretentious, or in the worst case an attempt at immunity against criticism. No, I don't call my stuff art, because I just doodle for the fun of it. I have a very cartoony style and I prefer to use exaggeration and simple designs to invoke what I could never make with a realistic style. I applaud those who can, but I'm quite comfortable with being a cartoonist. I work with different pencils and after scanning my drawings I use a program called Photosuite to colourize them.
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Efalt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch. I do really appreciate your support!~
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries! I really enjoy your work and feel that these would be perfect for animation. :)
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Efalt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words! :]
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ClassyBoogeyman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the watch, have a very nice day :happybounce:
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you too. Really awesome stuff you have. :)
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Thank you so much:D
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