The Ogre & the Mermaid
The idea for this piece first surfaced around 2006. It is the story of an ogre who is pushed onto a beach and who encounters a mermaid. Caught between fear of the unknown and his attraction to her, he must come to a decision about whether to follow her into the deep.

Loosely inspired by the Shakespearean quote:
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

Also based on the saying:
All is lost to he who hesitates.

"The Ogre and the Mermaid" is hand-drawn on paper and digitally colored and composited, in keeping with the desire to preserve an authentically organic line while taking advantage of contemporary software.

Feel free to watch our progress and offer feedback.

~ Christopher Magee

Motion Heads is an animation studio located in the exotic center of the urban wilds of Philadelphia. We are currently in production on "The Ogre and the Mermaid," a film by Big Head Christopher Magee. Our goal is to create personal films that attract works for hire to feed our personal films. Our path to happiness.

We also aim to create an animation hub in Philadelphia, eventually offering workshops, screenings, and other events for animators, artists, and even other people.

Vegetable gardening also comprises an important element in our vision of the world.

We set our sights on creating eclectic, original work beholden to no one but ourselves. This being said, we do like to play with others, and so if you think you'd like us to do something for you, please send us a message.

Our credo:
"Art is the most necessary unnecessary thing." 

...because without dreams, we would go crazy.

"The Ogre & the Mermaid" team:

Christopher Magee 
director/lead animator, resident baku, & picker of nits. 

Janelle Smith
assistant animator, hourglass turner, and fringe straightener.

Ellen Marcus
background colorist, painting beast, and power tool user.

Intern Heads

summer 2015
Gabrielle Patterson: special effects animator
summer, fall 2014
Tahirah Pryor: colorist
spring 2014
Tim Albany: colorist
Natalia Caballero: colorist, special effects animator 
Ginelle Joseph: colorist
James McMullen: colorist
Ra'shon Sanders: colorist

fall 2013
Grant Ervin: colorist
Meghan Loeb: colorist
Evan Maron: colorist
Garion McCauley: colorist
Mark Pappajohn: colorist
Nishant Thelakkat: colorist, assistant animator

fall 2012- spring 2013
Amanda Bautista: assistant animator
Shannon Connor: assistant animator
Matt Gemino: colorist (blog)
Giselle Rosser: assistant animator

MHAA (Motion Heads Alumni Association):
Eric Nielsen
Jessica Barnett
Maya Flemming

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