deb yan
deb yan

Stop Motion

The Nest

Puppet and set fabrication project, with photo documentation. The full set was on display at the ROOT Exhibition in Singapore in 2014.




"Welcome to Neo Tokio: Gommi Arcade Episode II" is a short film I co-produced and directed, as well as fabricated all the assets for and animated. Phew! This was shown at 3 film festivals in New York, NY in 2015.

In 2145 AD, in the city-nation of Neo Tokio, a prodigy named Gommi Arcadian, discovers a mysterious mask that enables him to see the "real world". With the help of friends, Gommi uses its power to combat the evil regime led by Mr. Mimic. The saga begins in the year 2145 A.D.

Winner of the Young People's block at the People's Film Festival in 2015, NYC.

Also featured in the Brooklyn Audience Now Film Festival and the Official Selection of the New Filmmakers Film Festival 2015, NYC.

The Phantom’s Friend

"The Phantom's Friend" is a short stop-motion animation about Erik (everyone's favorite opera ghost) and his chance meeting with a rare Siamese kitten one night on the streets of Paris in the mid-1800s.

Based on the Susan Kay adaptation of the story behind the Phantom of the Opera, where the character of Ayesha the cat is introduced. Puppet design based on the original design by Maria Björnson for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is in turn based on the original novel by Gaston Leroux. The puppets and set took three weeks to build, the animation was done over 48 hours.

Done for my final project for the Intro to Stop-Motion Animation class at the Rhode Island School of Design, Fall 2013.

Characters, set, animation: Deb Yan
Advising professor: Agnieszka Woznicka
Sound effects:
Music: The Music of the Night (From "The Phantom of the Opera", by Andrew Lloyd Webber) Piano by Alden David


Date Night

Short exercise involving a clay animated lip-sync, with dialogue.
He can't help that he's an onion that gets easily embarrassed!


Dee and Shao’s Secret Handshake

Short animation test with my two stop-motion puppets! Featuring two best friends Dee and Shao from my Homelands series, doing their very own special handshake.


Just Two

Stop-motion animation centered around puppet interactions. This was a group project.
I made the bear character, his name is Oswald. I animated him too!

Two creatures find a strange cube in the middle of a forest and try to figure out what makes it tick.

Puppets, set, animation and editing: Deb Yan & Nicholas Martinez
Intro to Stop-motion Animation, Fall 2013
Advising Professor: Agnieszka Woznicka
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The making of

Before there was Oswald, there was foam and Sculpey and aluminum wire


Away he goes!


Well, This Is Home


Jeremiah the frog lives in a well. He loves his comics.

A 3D Illustration project based on the fable of the frog in the well.

Made with Sculpey, acrylic paint, wire, foam, 9V battery, newsprint, fabric, wood, masonite, tracing paper, epoxy, latex, tiny incandescent light bulb, comic book printouts. Set constructed out of wood and foam.