“Our short film is an homage to nature shows like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
In reality, we are all just animals looking to find a connection."
- Director Kirk Kelley
an animated pseudo-doc investigating the world of armadillo mating
From world-renowned animation studio HouseSpecial and Director, Kirk Kelley comes Armor del Amor – a kind of nature ‘documentary’ that follows the mating rituals of Dasypus novemcinctus to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating.
The narrative follows a nine-banded female armadillo as she emerges from her burrow and into the lonely Texas landscape. Our researchers captured footage of this modern animal’s efforts to find a potential mate until finally, after a few missed opportunities, a match is made.
Creating an armadillo that looked and moved realistically was the main goal and challenge. They are funny little creatures with very distinctive movements that switch rapidly between languorous to twitchy.
Behind-the-scenes Live Shoot
The biggest challenge was finding a location in Oregon that looked enough like Texas to work for the film. We landed in Dufur, Oregon, which is near the eastern Columbia River Gorge.
Meet Director Kirk Kelley
Kirk’s a big-gun Director, and not just because he’s a Texan. A multi-talented designer, storyteller and restaurateur, Kirk has directed and supervised many of our premier ad campaigns since 1995. He is Supervising Creative Director for our fleet of M&M’S and Boom Beach content and brings his visually and technically innovative talent to collaborations with agencies including Barton F. Graf, TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Media Arts Lab, Amalgamated and BBDO Worldwide. He has solid mastery over all storytelling mediums plus a wry sense of humor and a strong point of view. His sense of composition is fine-tuned and his timing’s right on the money. When he can, after sundown, he likes to sneak out back and work on short films.
Title Designer: STEPHEN BODIN
Storyboard Artists: AARON SORENSON, TOM PRICE
Graphics Artist: ALAN COOK
Graphics Intern: OLGA SOKAL
Production Assistants: EMMA VAN HALSEMA, ALEX WEBSTER
Editorial Assistant: DINO COONS
Assistant Editor Intern: RYCHELLE BEDALOV-VALDE
“Armor Del Amor”
Written and Performed by DAVE DEPPER
Published by Rough Trade Publishing
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
Narrator: EDMUND STONE
Sound Design | Mix: LANCE LIMBOCKER
Camera Package: KOERNER CAMERA
Dead Armadillo On The Side Of The Road | Tad Denson
A Short Stuff™ Production By
©2018 HOUSE SPECIAL, LLC
Director: KIRK KELLEY
Executive Producers: LOURRI HAMMACK,
KIRK KELLEY, ALVARO CUBILLAS
Producer: KARLY RICHTER
Editor: CAM WILLIAMS
Director of Photography: ERIC EDWARDS
VFX Supervisor: REX CARTER
Art Director: GEE STAUGHTON
Line Producer: ELLIOT FREEMAN
1st Asst Camera: NOEL ADAMS
Grips: CLAY CONNALLY, JAKE HAUSWIRTH
Wind Whisperer: CLAY CONNALLY
Stage DP: JOHN NOLAN
Prop Fabricators: KATIE MELLO, MARGARET MEYER
Set Fabricator: ROBERT MELCHIOR
Art | Stage Dept Manager: ERICA JOHNSON
CG TD | VFX Artist: KARL RICHTER
Animators: BEAVAN BLOCKER, GREG KYLE
Modeling Artists: JOSH TONNESEN, KENDRA PHILLIPS
Texture Artist: NIKIE MONTELEONE
Lighting Artist: MATT RESLIER
Rigging Artist: TERENCE JACOBSON, JOHN LALLY
VFX Artist: WALTER BEHRNES
Compositor: JOHN CORBETT
Texture Artist Intern: TYLER BAY
Lighting Artist Intern: JOHNNY NAM