Misunderstood outsiders and strange transformations
These siamese twins find out that they can acquire supernatural powers by working together as a team…
Mr. Exclamation goes through quite a literal tranformation in this typographic love story…
Sally A. Ward
I am a student from Denmark who enjoys making creative projects in my spare time. My artistic journey is long and winding… It took off when I was 12 and discovered a great love of writing fiction. Around age 15, I realised that my storytelling abilities were best aimed at film and I fell in love with directing live action. While studying at The European Film College at age 20 (a one-year foundational degree in film making), I discovered an even greater love of animation when I made my final project, a stop motion animated short film (Left-brained Larry & Right-brained Rachel). From there on I started developing my practical skills aimed at stop motion animation: Drawing, sculpting, writing and building props. A by-product of this was my cryptid sculptures, which I still enjoy making, while currently working on making my next stop motion animated film.
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Yes, I do! If you have a particular project in mind that you think will fit my style and abilities, you are welcome to contact me. Send me a description and, if you already have a budget in mind, let me know about it too.
It is such an honor when people want to share my brain children with the world, so please, go ahead! I only ask that you make sure to credit me as the creator (as “Sally A. Ward”). If you want to screen one of my films publicly, please ask permission first. Also, I like to keep track of where my films have been screened, so it’s always nice to know.
I came up with this term when I experienced that my first animated short film “Left-brained Larry & Right-brained Rachel” started going to festivals around the world. It was as if the characters I had created had suddenly become autonomous and started living a life of their own.
The same thing happened when I started making my cryptid sculptures and sold them to people. Suddenly I wasn’t their caretaker any longer and they went off to live somewhere else… So please, I implore you: If you become the owner of one of my creations, please take good care them. They are, after all, my children.
A cryptid is an animal whose existence is disputed or unsubstantiated. The Loch Ness Monster, The Yeti and The Chupacabra are among the more well-known ones. I am a keen listener of the “Monster Talk” podcast from Sceptic Magazine. I like their fact-driven angle on the subject, as I am admittedly quite a sceptic myself. Yet I am highly fascinated by the possibility of the existence of creatures that have not yet been proven by science and I just love trying to materialise them in reality.
The Japanese say “Mottainai” which basically means “Don’t waste”. I love this philosophy of living and try the best I can to make good use of the materials I have at hand from old clothing and jewellery, which I can upcycle in creative ways. I combine these with new materials such as clay, SuperSculpey, glue and paint, trying to be as conservative as I can. I hope I can continuously improve my work to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Making my creations of a high quality, is another ingrained value of mine. I want to make art that lasts. So please, should something you bought from me break unintentionally, please let me know so that I can either repair it or at least improve my work in the future.
A handful of years ago I inherited a bag of fur and feather boas from my grandmother. At the time I had already converted to become a vegetarian and was against the use of animal products in clothing and art, but quite honestly I was naive and couldn’t tell the difference between real fur and fake, especially since these were dyed in unnatural colours (green, blue and red). Today I do not doubt that they are real, but I have no heart to throw them out as that would just be a waste. So I’m using up this bag for current projects and after that I will be switching over to not using any animal products at all.
Generally they are about outsiders who go through some kind of physical tranformation that is representative of their internal development as the story progresses. Having grown up as an introverted outsider who was bullied and didn’t have many friends, subjects such as bullying, loneliness and the feeling of being misunderstood seem to be what I tend to return to as a writer.
I am currently working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that I can sell my creations on a regular basis. Besides that, I have two animated projects in the early development phases and don’t know when I can expect them to be finished. I will keep this website and my social media pages updated on the progress.