Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DeadMen's Boots Storyboard

The storyboard for my senior film in production "DeadMen's Boots."

Updated Reel of 2010!

Updated animation reel from 2010 featuring some of my clips from my film "Hollowed Out." Music by the Basement Jaxx. Enjoy

Hollowed Out

"Hollowed Out" is my end of Junior year final which is a collaborative piece created with Mallory Dorn and Travis Drahozal. The film centers around a grumpy old miner who one day discovers a creature that is the source of wealth in the mine. It was made within 5wks and the music within 2wks. Music created by of BoneJive Productions and the song "Coffee Break" by Joe Maphis, check BoneJive out at:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jenna's Save the Date

Just finished the save the date for my sisters wedding! Its a desert themed wedding so I think it turned out pretty well take a look!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

DeadMen's Boots-Senior Film!

I am currently working on my senior film "DeadMen's Boots."
Here is premise: Amongst a war ravaged landscape a Scavenger tries to cheat death by stealing the excess life from dead men's boots. After living lifetimes alone isolated in the desert, death comes to claim him and its boots.

DeadMen's Boots II

DeadMen's Boots III

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Boot-Heel Steed

A few screen shots from my animatic "Boot-Heel Steed."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Junior Film- semi complete shot

Scene IX Shot AH Complet w/temp BG from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.

Here's a shot from my final film that I am collaborating on. I need to tighten up some of the editing but thought I'd share it first.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Junior Film Production

It's time for my Junior final and I'm collaborating with animators Travis Drahozal and Mallory Dorn to create a short hand drawn film. The film centers around a grumpy old miner who one day discovers a creature that is source of the wealth in the mine. Here's the character sheet for "Bo" the miner that I made for my group.

Here is a rough key test that I did yesterday for when Bo finds the massive pile of diamonds.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

2010 Recital Poster

DMA recital poster for Phoenix, AZ based musician Jenna Dalbey.

Maya Collaboration Installation

The darkness is overwhelming from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.

Installation collaborative film created with Megan Curtin and Allegra Foley.

Mangy Mutt from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jaclyn Dalbey Demo Reel 2010!

Animation Reel 2010 from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.
Here's my Reel for 2010 it's a combination of my undergrad Junior and Sophomore work

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Hypnotist cont'd

"Mind Exploding" the moment of truth. Hand drawn and digitally painted. My homage to Robert Wiene's classic film Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Hypnotist

Abbra Kadabra from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.
A clip from my 3D maya landscape project in which I am incorporating 2D animation. Here is the finished 2d animation without the addition of the text. Medium: Hand drawn and digital paint, production time a week and a half.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


STRAWBERRY DUSK from Jaclyn Dalbey on Vimeo.
Exquisite Corpse film
Created by Mallory Dorn, Emilee Denich, Clarice Elliott, and myself. Primarily the entire film was made in Flash and composited in After Effects. I animated the third part of the film which was produced within a week. The music is by Tobacco Please enjoy!

sketch book

Fun sketch of a British mod.

"Take One" 3D Animation

Here is my first semester junior year final "Take One" the assignment was to practice acting with a character and a ball within Maya. I decided experiment with slapstick within the 3D space. Enjoy the polka....

The Devil Blues-part 3

The Devil Blues
This tale centers ‘round the sly tramp Murdok Blu. Living in Louisiana in the early 1920’s, Murdok is a quick-witted con artist with a talent of having trouble following him where he goes. At the age of 15 Murdok Blu and his brother Issac Blu are sent to live with their godmother, Mindy, after their mother’s death. During this time Murdok and Issak get into all sorts of trouble, making it hard for their godmother to keep an eye on ‘em. When Mindy went out, the two boys wondered into the forbidden swamps behind their home. She warned them that bayous are filled with malevolent magic and many who walked in never walked out. But the Blu brothers were constantly looking for adventure, and do not run when they witness an old man selling his soul to the Devil. Murdok demands that the Devil prove his identity by bringing back sands from a far away land. He reasons that he’d be interested in selling his soul with reasonable evidence. Murdok then suggests to the Devil that he could travel faster if he only left his heavy bag. The Devil lay down his parcel, disappearing in a flash. Murdok looks inside the Devil’s contract satchel and finds a small glowing orb and instinctively pockets it. Once home Murdok accidentally breaks the orb and all the swirling light goes into him, merging with fibers of his soul. The Devil returns to find the brothers have tricked him out of his orb and without the charm he is unable to manipulate the souls of the living. To the Devil's dismay he discovers that Murdok Blu has fused with his charm and he is powerless to harm him. Out of vengeance, he attacks and kills Issak taking him in Murdoks place. Murdok Blu disappears, on the run from the Devil and the law for 6 years, until he returns with a newfound purpose. He requires the help from his old friends the Whiskey Kicker gang in order to find the pieces of an ancient artifact, the Enfer la Bas, in order enter into Hell to save his brother. Blu convinces the gang that they’re going after an extremely valuable artifact that will make them all rich beyond there wildest dreams - keeping secret his true intentions. The Whiskey Kicker gang lead by Murdok Blu travel throughout the deep south looking for the pieces of the Enfer la Bas. Along the way they must do pull off high timing schemes, heists, and cons all in return for information on the where abouts of pieces. All the while the Devil is hot on Murdok’s tail.

The Devil Blues- Characters

BlackJack Davy:
BlackJack is Murdok’s closest partner and friend. He is quite the opposite of Murdok Blu and is nervous and unconfident most of the time. BlackJack tries to live a respectable life until Murdok comes back into the picture and entices him with the chance to be rich. He always wanted to open his own gambling house and with that money he would finally be able to. In the Whiskey Kicker Gang he is the brains behind their heists. He is hesitant and doubts most plans but when it comes to blackjack he feels alive almost becoming a different person. During blackjack he is confident and uses his head to count cards while confusing other players because he appears inexperienced.
Johnny Teal:
Johnny Teal is the youngest member of the Whiskey Kicker Gang and looks up to Murdok Blu the most. Johnny is jealous wishing that he could be the leader of the gang and often takes on too much to handle. Thus Murdok Blu has to save him time and time again. He’s a scrappy ladies man and is good at getting into trouble with important people that want him dead. He is a poor boy with a cocky swagger with a habit for disrespecting people of authority. His purpose for being in with the Whiskey Kickers is making a name for himself, loving the excitement, and he would like to be rich. Johnny though is not always trustworthy to the gang and when jobs go down hill he wants out to save his own skin. Even though Johnny Teal is cowardly he means well and his guilt always gets the better of him.
Miss Violet Rubelen√°:
Violet is the glue that holds the gang together. She is strong and seductive with her feminine charm. She is able to control the boys in the gang and is able to sneak of any dangerous situations. She is glamorous and a dream of being a Hollywood star but has neither the money nor courage to set out west on her own. Violet is convinced by Murdok into helping the gang by promising her that with the money they’ll make by finding the artifact she’ll be able to afford to go west. Violet is good at problem solving and getting the gang out of rough predicaments by using her sexual charm. She enjoys flirting with wealthy men and then stripping them of their power. Yet she has a soft spot in her heart for Johnny Teal and BlackJack Davy.
Cleme-Tine Moonshine:
Cleme makes the best moonshine during this time of prohibition supplying the entire state of Louisiana. She is proud of that fact and doesn’t let anyone stop her business. Her and Bud are very close and both work great together. Cleme was very close with Jeremiah and was heartbroken to see him leave this world. Bud now tries to fill in his boots. Johnny Teal is Cleme-Tine’s son and she disapproves of his rambunctious lifestyle. She always plays hard to get making Johnny work for his mother’s approval. Cleme is tough as nails being tougher then most of the men of her day. She isn’t afraid to stand up for herself or fight for what she thinks is right. Cleme has a sassy charm about her and always distills wisdom upon the gang. She is superstitious and is able to sense spiritual aura and knows that something is wrong with Murdok Blu even when no one else knows what he’s gotten himself into.
Bootlegging Bud Bigfred:
Bud is a big older man with a loud mouth. He is strong headed and enthusiastic about his job to the point that its alarming. Bud is the bootlegger for Cleme-tine Moonshine and takes pride that he is the fastest bootlegger in entire delta South region. He is educated in knowing all of the illegal going ons in the underground world. Bud puts off the appearance of being hard and tough guy however he is really a big softy underneath it all. He is hard on the boys in trying to whip them into shape but he is sweet on the ladies especially Clemey. Bootlegging Bud trains the young bootlegger, Krisey, in order to replace his old partner, Jeremiah, who was killed by their rival gang the Dollar Bill Broncos. Bud is muscle bound with a strong sense of gentlemen’s honor and plays a father figure to the gang.

Here is the summary of the story:
The thief Murdok Blu steals the Devil’s charm causing him to be connected with the spirit realm, giving him the Devil’s gift of reading weaknesses and exploiting them. Without his charm the Devil cannot steal peoples souls. His fury over losing this power inspires revenge and he kills Murdok’s brother Isaac Blu. Murdok Blu is forced to run from the Devil and discovers that he can save his brother from hell if he finds and reassembles the pieces of the artifact, Enfer la Bas. Murdok Blu enlists the help of his the Whiskey Kickers gang and together they travel around the South, pulling heists and odd jobs in order to collect the pieces. The Whiskey Kickers dup corrupt wealthy men out of their money and artifact pieces while on the run from the law, rival gangs, and the Devil himself. The pressure is on Murdok Blu to assemble the Enfer la Bas, enter into Hell, and finally save his brother from the Devil’s grasp.

The Devil Blues

My final in pre-production class was to create a pitch bible for a television series. I created "The Devil Blues" which was the culmination of the evolution of my character Murdok Blu.

In short here is the log line:
Murdok Blu, after causing his brother's death by stealing the Devil's charm, is on the run from the Devil. He must enlist the help of his old gang in order to find the key to saving his brother from the depths of hell.