DUCK Studios has signed director Tobias Stretch whose expertise spans live-action, stop motion, rotoscope, puppetry, animatronics, paintings, sculpture, drawing and photography. His unique creative signature includes his affinity for shooting his stop-motion animation outdoors. Many stop-motion artists steer clear of outdoor filming because of the many limitations like the variations in lighting and weather. Stretch also employs life-size armatured puppets and models for his stop-motion endeavors. The sum of these is a beautiful style of animation that is aesthetically rich and featuring characters grounded in the fantastical against the backdrop of reality. In some of the music videos that Stretch has animated, for example, one will see his gigantic puppets wandering the forest, flying above treetops, traversing the snow-covered lands, and cavorting streams.
Stretch has done work for Radiohead, MTV Liquid Television, The War on Drugs and Hauschka. Over the past five years, Stretch’s projects have earned seven Vimeo Staff Picks. He has recently exhibited his puppet sculptures at the Honolulu Museum of Art. His music video for classical composer Christopher Bono won Stretch the “Best Music Video” award at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Prior to DUCK, Stretch was last with Honey Badger in the U.S. Earlier he was handled by production house aWHITELABELproduct. In the U.K., he is represented via Rumble London.