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Me & donQmedia

Still from The Ride.

An enlargement of a 16mm frame from my short film The Ride. I used clay animated puppets and shot it using bicycle paths for roads in the late 1970s.

Jury-rigged animation stand.

I’ve also worked with cel animation. While my jury-rigged animation stand made of chairs, boards, and a lot of tape was primitive, it got the job done (late 1970s).

Frog armature

A professionally made armature for a clay puppet was (and still is) prohibitively expensive for a micro-budget project. This one, for the frog in the photo at the top of this column, was made from copper tubing, wire, Fimo clay, and pen holder swivels.  (late 1970s).

Watercolor jmg graphic


Updated: 28 February 2020
by Jared Mark Graham

Who am I and what is donQmedia?

My film degree was earned more than thirty years ago when home computers were the fodder of science fiction and 16mm film was the medium of independent filmmakers. When I returned to college to become an elementary school teacher I didn’t know when, or if, I would ever return to filmmaking. However, photography and filmmaking found it’s way into my classroom through recording experimental data, such as plant growth, and having the students run the school newspaper and website. We also created an animated art film every year for art class; one of the advantages of teaching all of the subjects.

Now, after twenty-five years in the classroom, I’ve decided to pursue making short films again, but this time using software instead of clay puppets or animation cels. As I work at developing my skills and processes donQmedia will record some of what I’ve learned. I’m offering free tutorials and information through donQmedia in hopes that visitors find something they can use in their filmmaking journey.



1Bayliss, Robert. “What Don Quixote Means (Today).” Comparative Literature Studies, 43.4 (2007): 382 – 97. DOI: 10.1353/cls.2007.0010

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