Videos

2016 Puppetry Reel

 

 

Updated reel, featuring puppet fabrication with a handful of puppeteering and props fabrication bits included.

 

Reel includes clips from the following projects:

 

"Robot Chicken Season 8" by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios / Adult Swim

"Durango" by Open the Portal / DVA

"Once in a Blue Moon' by Tim Zajac & Miguel Acedo / Second Star Media

"Subway Bacon Commercial" by Creature FX Inc.

"SkullBunny" by Leah N. Olbrich

"Distant Meadows" by The Betschart Bros.

"Robot Chicken DC Comics Special: Magical Friendship" by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios / Adult Swim

"SoCal Honda Christmas Commercial" by ShadowMachine / Secret

Weapon Marketing

"Supermansion" by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios / Crackle

"Earth Versus Everything" by Chiodo Bros. Productions, Inc.

"Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" by Screen Novelties / Warner Bros.

"Fugitive Time" by Janie Geiser / Automata

"Frooti Commercial" by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios / Sagmeister & Walsh

"Hall of Slaves" by Savannah Steiner

"Osvalentine's Day" by Pajama Party Productions / Leah N. Olbrich & Tahnee Gehm

 

 

 

 

Exploring "Frame-by-Frame"

 

A video I made for our "Light in the Dark: A Mechanical and Metaphoric Explortation of the Camera" installation at Automata in Chinatown on Saturday, June 27th

 

This piece explores the role of the frame in film/video, photography and animation in a whimsical context.  It also displays the versatility of camera-forms in a modern, tech-savvy world, where content can be comparatively used to achieve instant gratification (i.e. sharing via phone apps on the internet) and as more long-form creative work.

 

Here you see content that was originally captured with a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) as photography and video, then edited in a computer via FinalCut, re-captured with an iPhone and posted to Instagram, then re-constructed in AfterEffects and burned to a DVD to be projected on a large-scale in this space.  #meta

Abstraction

 

 

Abstraction is a collection of projected video experiments seeking to explore the less-obvious qualities of materials and objects.  The projections here capture the performance of live video manipulation (video-DJing).

Reversal: Artist Statement Video

Reversal was my week-long MFA3 installation piece at CalArts in fall of 2012. Reversal is a process-oriented piece in which a white gallery space is covered in black paper and turned back to its original white state through a set of limitations defined by the roll of the dice.

Video Stills & Installation Photos

Osvalentine's Day

 

Osvaldo the vulture shares his love with everyone at the Glendale Americana on Valentine's Day, 2015.

Osvaldo fabricated and puppeteered by Leah Olbrich

"Roadkilling Me Softly" written and performed by Leah Olbrich

Shot and edited by Tahnee Gehm (tahnee.org)

Reversal: Photo Reel

Reversal was my week-long MFA3 installation piece at CalArts in fall of 2012. Reversal is a process-oriented piece in which a white gallery space is covered in black paper and turned back to its original white state through a set of limitations defined by the roll of the dice.  Here is a photo reel of the process.

Reversal: Artist Statement

Physical:

 

“Reversal” is all about transformation.  It is a process-oriented piece in which a white gallery space is covered in black paper and turned back to its original white state through a set of limitations defined by the roll of the dice.  This process will occur over the course of a five-day school week.  The space is ever-changing and will be transforming constantly.

The resulting effect of the limitations is that destruction will be used as a means of creation—through either the addition of white paint or the removal of black paper.  While there are set limitations defined by chance, the follow-through for these actions is spontaneous, giving the artist the choice of how to respond in the moment of creation.The set limitations are as follows:

1: Line-exclusive.2: Anti-silhouette: a solid shape that creates negative space.3: Pixel: eliminate squares as a form of data/image-removal.4: Repetition: pattern, texture.5: Rip: something completely uncontrollable.6: Wildcard: spontaneous reaction, or the choice to continue a previously started action.

 

Personal:

 

This piece is the means for a shift in my artistic perspective.  I wanted to challenge my creative world, rather than focusing on the gallery as a place to hang work I wanted the gallery to become the work. 

All in all, this piece is a large-scale experiment.  Paper has been the creative catalyst that transformed my work from the world of two- to three-dimensions—from illustration to pop-ups to paper cutouts/shadow work to puppets.  I am grateful for this transition but sometimes in moving forward you also leave things behind.  Lately, I have been greatly missing my roots in drawing.

This installation, in its essence, seeks to explore my past on paper in my current three-dimensional world, to see how they can interact and inform each other as I move forward as an artist.  As much as this piece is about physically changing the gallery space it is also about the personal transformation of my creative perspective.  While “Reversal” implies opposition, for me the reversals are collaborating to become the new catalyst for moving forward.

Reversal: Time-Lapses

Reversal was my week-long MFA3 installation piece at CalArts in fall of 2012. Reversal is a process-oriented piece in which a white gallery space is covered in black paper and turned back to its original white state through a set of limitations defined by the roll of the dice.  Here is some time-lapse documentation of the process.

SkullBunny

 

This is the preview for the yet-unmade horror film "SkullBunny," centering around a zombie Easter bunny.  Supplementary video for my MFA2 Puppetry Installation "SkullBunny" at CalArts in 2012.

Anti-Cozy

Anti-Cozy is a faux-commercial centering around an anti-tea cozy, i.e. plasma-cut aluminum ribcage

Animation Tests

Here are some stop motion animation tests.

© 2017 by LeahNOlbrich

Abstraction

my MFA3 experimental video installation at CalArts