Our mission is to create stop-motion animated stories without harming humans or the environment by replacing standard practices that are toxic and wasteful with innovative non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives.
STANDARD PRACTICE TO INNOVATION
Creating sets, props, and puppets for projects means accumulating material waste. Since we almost exclusively use biodegradable and recyclable materials, we are able to cut down on the amount of landfill waste we produce. We also utilize many reusable options for our fabrication work flow and our animation stages.
TOXIC TO NON-TOXIC
In addition to eliminating the harmful chemicals and materials used in fabrication, we have also removed little known toxins within the animation space. We’ve opted for naturally flame retardant wool curtains instead of the conventional chemically treated duvetyne and we remediate all of the stage equipment of non-native EMFs and dirty electricity.
WASTEFUL TO ECO-FRIENDLY
The stop-motion industry has developed tried and true materials and practices that call for using cheap and readily available materials like polystyrene foam, urethane resin, acrylic paint, and high VOC glues. We refuse to utilize any of these materials or practices in our projects, instead experimenting with natural, non-toxic materials and innovating techniques that do not harm humans or the environment.
REALIGNING WITH NATURE
Nature provides a bounty of pigments, textures, and materials from which our ancestors made beautiful and lasting art. Our modern way of life does not need to be all or nothing, but an integration of the old and new. We believe that the hands-on medium of stop-motion animation can connect us back to nature by using what Mother Earth provides and returning what we don’t use.
Melissa Bloom is an artist, writer, and director passionate about living in alignment with nature. She studied film and animation at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and has worked most notably on the Emmy-nominated Robot Chicken and Oscar-nominated American Hustle. After working for several years in the stop-motion animation industry, Melissa stepped away and embarked on a holistic health journey alongside her sister, learning firsthand that human health is directly related to our environment.
When she’s not in the studio, you can find her mostly barefoot, baking sourdough bread, spending time with family, and enjoying Montana’s ever-changing seasons.