Marq Evans’ feature-length documentary Welcome to My Dream, about the life and career of stop-motion legend and Claymation creator Will Vinton, is moving forward with Starburns Industries and XYZ Films producing.
Cartoon Brew first exclusively reported on the documentary back in 2017 when Evans had just created a demo trailer for the project and was still self-funding it. Prior to Vinton’s passing in October 2018, Evans interviewed him on several occasions and gained access to his personal archives. Vinton, who was behind memorable characters such as The California Raisins, received an Academy Award in 1975 for the animated short Closed Mondays, which he co-directed with Bob Gardiner.
In addition to Vinton’s first-hand accounts, Evans has already interviewed numerous other figures in the animation industry who worked at Vinton’s studio, including Craig Bartlett, Joan Gratz, David Daniels, Hal Hickel, and Chuck Duke. It’s still unknown whether Travis and Phil Knight, who took over Vinton’s Portland-based studio and turned it into what is today Laika, will participate in this tribute to the beloved pioneer of the Claymation technique.