Raising the Dead for RDIO at MILK Studios NYC
February 26, 2014 – 8:29 am | 2 Comments

Wrapping up a very colourful shoot with Directors Geremy & Georgie and Legs Media creating a 15 second spot for RDIO. As an animator and fabricator, bearded ladies, fun, bright colours and groupings of incongruent …

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STOP MOTION FASHION FILM for HANAA FU
February 26, 2014 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

Just put the finishing touches on a stop motion fashion film for the Hanaa Fu F/W 2014 collection by Barcos Japan. Using stills from photographer, Tal Shpantzer’s look book and shooting some stop motion animations of my own with the handbag collection, I put it all together to make this fashion film ready for ENK Coterie Accessories Show here in NYC. I enjoyed writing some “Bag-Thief-Mystery-Dub” music for the Director’s Cut.

Hanaa Fu F/W 2014 from stephen dirkes on Vimeo.

More of Tal’s great stills here: talfoto.com

Raising the Dead for RDIO at MILK Studios NYC
February 26, 2014 – 8:29 am | 2 Comments
Raising the Dead for RDIO at MILK Studios NYC

Wrapping up a very colourful shoot with Directors Geremy & Georgie and Legs Media creating a 15 second spot for RDIO. As an animator and fabricator, bearded ladies, fun, bright colours and groupings of incongruent …

“DUEL In The DESERT” Sneak Peek
July 10, 2013 – 6:14 am | 11 Comments
“DUEL In The DESERT” Sneak Peek

Until our Official Selection Premier at La Jolla ( LJFFF ) on July 25th-27th, here’s a 1 minute intro to the world we created for “DUEL IN THE DESERT” for Shebee jewelry designers.

A Ball …

“the Offering” at “Experiments In Cinema” Festival April 17th
March 18, 2013 – 7:19 am | 15 Comments
“the Offering” at “Experiments In Cinema” Festival April 17th

Honoured to have “the Offering” have another “Official Selection” screening. Join us at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s “Experiments In Cinema” Film Festival. April, 17th, 7:30 at the Guild Theatre.

We were chosen with another ten films …

Amory Week’s Brooklyn Night Art Auction Helping Rebuild Dumbo
March 2, 2013 – 7:22 am | 14 Comments
Amory Week’s Brooklyn Night Art Auction Helping Rebuild Dumbo

RABBITHOLE, in association with United Photo Industries and the Dumbo art district, presents a massive group show and silent auction for the Armory Week’s Brooklyn Night, Saturday, March 9th from 7-1pm at 33 Washington St., …

NYC New Year’s Premier for “the Snake” Fashion Film
February 16, 2013 – 10:23 am | 13 Comments
NYC New Year’s Premier for “the Snake” Fashion Film

Had the wonderfully good timing to premier my latest fashion film, “the Snake” for NYC based jewelry designer Jade Chiu this past weekend at Bennett Media Studios just in time for the Year of the …

Shooting Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2013
February 16, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment
Shooting Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2013

In the trenches again this year shooting shows and reportage with the Designers and Hair and Makeup artists that make it all happen for Posh Beauty.

2013 BCBG Max Azria from stephen dirkes on Vimeo.
Spent time …

Honouring Nigerians, Canadians and Cubans in this New Music Video
February 16, 2013 – 9:19 am | 8 Comments
Honouring Nigerians, Canadians and Cubans in this New Music Video

Just wrapped the edit of a music video for Deville’s new release “Glitter and Gold” by AV Electro featuring Shimite.The compelling grooves and beautiful melodies are performed by AV Electro and Shimite, two of my …

“the Offering” European Premier at Berlin Directors Lounge Sat. Feb 16th!
February 5, 2013 – 9:15 am | 14 Comments
“the Offering” European Premier at Berlin Directors Lounge Sat. Feb 16th!

Happy to announce the date for our European Premier of “the Offering” at Berlin’s Directors Lounge #9. Our film will cap off the Selection VI programme of films on the big Saturday night screening Feb. …

Creating Fashion Film and Look Book For Jade Chiu Design
February 4, 2013 – 10:29 am | 12 Comments
Creating Fashion Film and Look Book For Jade Chiu Design

image from “the Snake” fashion film
From a dark world of shadows, a snake becomes entranced by a the sight of a young man and becomes bejeweled to transforms herself into a beautiful woman to seduce …

Final Edits for Shebbee
December 14, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment
Final Edits for Shebbee

Wrapped two new stop motion animations for Shebee jewelry designers base here in NYC.

Los Muertos from stephen dirkes on Vimeo.
Got the help of Staff and students from Western New Mexico University to build puppets and …

A New Animation for SHEBEE Jewelry
November 10, 2012 – 1:19 pm | 7 Comments
A New Animation for SHEBEE Jewelry

Just wrapping stop motion animation shoot for NYC jewelry designer, SHEBEE in NYC and New Mexico.

After a short black and white test animation with the beautiful beads, SHEBEE works with, I brought the shop …

Thank You Imagine Fashion!
November 10, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment
Thank You Imagine Fashion!

Imagine Fashion’s Fresh Intelligence is now distributing my latest fashion film “the Offering” for Langoliers jewelry designers. Working with a nice team of art makers and animators, we take you into an interesting dark world …

Thank You San Francisco!
August 29, 2012 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Thank You San Francisco!

Thank you San Francisco International Fashion Film Festival and the San Francisco community that came out to the festival. Just got a report back from festival organizer, Warren Difranco, that our film “The Offering” was …

ROBBED AT GUN POINT – Help Us Spot Stolen Gear
August 12, 2012 – 11:28 am | 11 Comments
ROBBED AT GUN POINT – Help Us Spot Stolen Gear

Greenpoint, Brooklyn film makers beware. Shooting a camera test with three people on Commercial St. between Franklin St. and Manhattan Ave. at 10pm on Saturday, Aug., 11th. Set up in the street behind our truck, …

San Francisco Premier for “the Offering” at San Francisco Interntional Fashion Film Festival
August 10, 2012 – 9:44 am | 13 Comments
San Francisco Premier for “the Offering” at San Francisco Interntional Fashion Film Festival

Come out and see some great fashion films at the San Francisco International Fashion Film Festival on Aug. 25th, 2012. Proud to have “the Offering” premier as an Official Selection and join the offerings of …

“the Offering” Official Selection World Premier at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
July 12, 2012 – 7:26 am | 6 Comments
“the Offering” Official Selection World Premier at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Very happy to announce our most recent fashion film, “the Offering” has been chosen as an official selection to premier at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. July 26-28th 2012.

It has been a wonderful journey …

Styling the Future with NYC’s Finest
July 10, 2012 – 9:39 am | No Comment
Styling the Future with NYC’s Finest

Working with some of NYC’s finest fashion designers to create looks for a near-distant-dystopic-urban-nyc-future-world for a new music video for the Adversary. Designer, Mikaela Holmes designed a fantastic leather jacket to capture our rebel-hero, Cutty’s …

Wrapping Production on Music Video for the Adversary
June 13, 2012 – 6:38 am | No Comment
Wrapping Production on Music Video for the Adversary

Wrapping out an exciting shoot for Andre Mistier’s the Adversary single “Cutty Slip Back”. We set up shop for a couple of weeks at Serrett Metal to build our set and a miniature table top …

Crystal Time Lapses for New Music Video
June 7, 2012 – 10:28 am | 15 Comments
Crystal Time Lapses for New Music Video

Starting production on a new music video for Andre Mistier and his “the Adversary” project.

I’ve prepared several crystal growing experiments to shoot as macro time lapses.

Involving elements of stop motion animation in each scene to …

“Sophie” French Dancehall Music Video for Venste
June 2, 2012 – 11:09 am | No Comment
“Sophie” French Dancehall Music Video for Venste

Had fun shooting this music video with Tal Shpantzer for Venste, our fav french language MC and featuring Jersey Banks. We went for a “60′s french” black and white look.

Shot in Greenpoint and Dumbo, …

“DEEPER” Music Video For Codes and Craze Out On ScionAV
April 11, 2012 – 9:39 am | 15 Comments
“DEEPER” Music Video For Codes and Craze Out On ScionAV

Just wrapped a pretty extensive shoot/edit for house music mad men DJ’s Codes and Craze for their new Slow Roast Records release “Deeper”.

Motiongraff crew put this Scion branded video together and brought me in …

Obscure Object Films – Photoplays by Stephen Dirkes April 5th Exhibition
March 22, 2012 – 11:53 am | 11 Comments
Obscure Object Films – Photoplays by Stephen Dirkes April 5th Exhibition

photo from “”CODEX DOLOR, 563 Aspects of Suffering, Episodes 34, 371 & 92 Presented in Part” ” by Stephen Dirkes
Thursday April 5th opening 6-10 at Rabbithole Gallery, 33 Washington St. for DUMBO Art Walk.

A …

Screening Stop Motion Fashion Film
March 19, 2012 – 10:29 am | No Comment
Screening Stop Motion Fashion Film

05 APR – 30 APR 12
OPENING: THU 05 APR 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Rabbithole Gallery, 33 Washington St., Dumbo

Happy to announce the World Premiere for, “Insect Dreams” a 4:30 director’s cut of a stop motion …

“Dr. Valentyn Machines a Heart” World Premiere at Berlin Film Fest!
February 6, 2012 – 7:02 am | 10 Comments
“Dr. Valentyn Machines a Heart” World Premiere at Berlin Film Fest!

Happy to announce my short film, “Dr. Valentyn Machines a Heart” will get its world premiere at the 8th International Berlin Directors Lounge on Feb. 16th. This 2 minute stop motion animation will be screened …

Codes “Guzzlin Champagne Remix” Video Released Today
December 21, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment
Codes “Guzzlin Champagne Remix” Video Released Today

My creative collaboration with the Motiongraff team, Slow Roast Records and Codes continues from our “Codes House” Motiongraff episode to this video for Codes’ new “Guzzlin Champagne Remix”.

I put a simple story together to take …

Joel Voisard Light Objects 2011
December 17, 2011 – 12:56 pm | No Comment
Joel Voisard Light Objects 2011

Shooting Joel Voisard’s new collection of Light Objects in the studio for his 2011 collection to create this short animation. Stop motion animations of light objects set to dub beats to introduce the latest collection. …

Art and Science Meet in Stop Motion Animation for Langoliers
November 22, 2011 – 7:04 pm | 11 Comments
Art and Science Meet in Stop Motion Animation for Langoliers

Langoliers are releasing a sneak peak of the stop motion film we have just wrapped shooting in our Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio. Hands-on from the outset, designers Pamela and Zon liked the idea of the strange …

“CODEX DOLOR, 563 Aspects of Suffering, Episodes 34, 371 & 92 Presented in Part”
November 4, 2011 – 8:26 am | 10 Comments
“CODEX DOLOR, 563 Aspects of Suffering, Episodes 34, 371 & 92 Presented in Part”

A new stop motion/ timelapse animated short “CODEX DOLOR, 563 Aspects of Suffering, Episodes 34, 371 & 92 Presented in Part” has just been hosted and distributed by our friends at Imagine Fashion.

Already interested to …

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 Spring Collections
September 15, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 Spring Collections

Shooting and editing MB Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for Posh Beauty. Here is a 2 minute highlights reel of 2012 Spring Collections and interviews.

Produced by Ruth Yakubu, Posh Beauty Creative Director and hosted by …

Labor Day Weekend and The End of Summer
September 4, 2011 – 1:52 pm | 6 Comments
Labor Day Weekend and The End of Summer

With the end of this summer drawing near, here’s a video I made from time lapses and video I shot in Georgetown, South Carolina during breaks from working on “the Bay” a soon-to-be-released Barry Levinson …

Scoring “Sound of Forever” Short Film
September 3, 2011 – 1:13 pm | 10 Comments
Scoring “Sound of Forever” Short Film

Had a very very interesting time on set recently as sound recordist, composer and oddly, a last minute replacement for a lead actor in a short film by friend and film maker Andrew Ravani.

The Sound …

Exploring “Tits N Zits” with Nicholas Gazin
August 30, 2011 – 6:19 am | 6 Comments
Exploring “Tits N Zits” with Nicholas Gazin

Helped out the Motiongraff team shoot an animated intro and edit up the latest episode and collaboration with artist Nicholas Gazin.

Just up from our neighborhood release party at St.Vitus last night, where I had …

2011 Director – Composer Reel
July 24, 2011 – 6:14 am | 16 Comments
2011 Director – Composer Reel

A four minute reel of my narrative work from short films, fashion films, music videos and animations.

I work a lot with still images, traditional stop motion animation, live-action “burst” shooting and time lapse techniques and …

Jasmin Rituper On Set
July 23, 2011 – 5:36 pm | No Comment
Jasmin Rituper On Set

Have had the pleasure to work with Jasmin Rituper on several different sets, from hip hop videos and comedy kung fu shorts to my own short films.

“Jazz” had a lead role in a recent …

Brooklyn Boating
July 19, 2011 – 9:12 am | No Comment
Brooklyn Boating

Out boating on July 4th with friends in Greenpoint on New Town Creek.

Shooting from small dingy on 7D with Nikor 35-70mm and lots of diffusion and diffraction filters.

Documenting the Making of an American Collection
June 23, 2011 – 9:35 am | 13 Comments
Documenting the Making of an American Collection

Just wrapping up a short doc for Brooklyn’s very own, Hayden – Harnett. Went “behind-the-scenes” to shoot the story from inspiration to manufacturing the new “Hayden -Harnett Collection”.

It was an important part of the development …

“J’adore PORN” Ayka Yasis Fashion Film
June 12, 2011 – 11:32 am | 11 Comments
“J’adore PORN” Ayka Yasis Fashion Film

FILM AS FETISH in Stop Frame Animation. A little story inspired by Ayka Yasis’s super fierce “J’adore PORN” gown.

With Ayka’s gown as a starting point, I wanted to create/explore the character who would wear this …

“Manhattanhenge” Time Lapse
June 1, 2011 – 11:20 am | 9 Comments
“Manhattanhenge” Time Lapse

Shot this time lapse from a roof in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, looking across New Town Creek at Manhattan to catch the sun set at the base of the Empire State Building on 34th Street. Don’t you …

Speaking in “Codes” with Motiongraff Team
May 31, 2011 – 11:03 am | 20 Comments
Speaking in “Codes” with Motiongraff Team

A stop motion animation for the release of “Codes” on Slow Roast Records release posted today! I got invited to join the Motiongraff team to create a fun video of DJ Vandal’s graffiti-painting for episode …

Time Lapse for NY Design Week 2011
May 14, 2011 – 8:16 am | 9 Comments
Time Lapse for NY Design Week 2011

“Broken Off Broken Off” group show opens tonight and runs to May 17th at Gallery R Pure, 3 East 19th Street, NYC.

I was commissioned by core77 and Gallery R Pure to shoot a time …