Peter Sluszka shows drivers what happens on the other side of the windshield in this clever PSA “Stop The Roadkill.” Collaborating with The Humane Society for Bosch, Hornet and Grey teamed up on this humorous film that advocates safe, conscientious driving via a band of cautionary, zombie animals.
“From the outset, the concept of dancing, singing, road kill zombies was inspiring! and deserved an approach that would best bring them to life,” said Sluszka. “In addition to getting the acting just right, it seemed critical that we shoot on location in a natural environment to give the zombies’ plight urgency. Even though our characters were somewhat stylized, their textures and presence felt more authentic on a roadway in the woods than it ever would have on a fabricated set.”
Six puppeteers were recruited to bring five built-to-scale puppets (back to) to life through stylized movement and choreographed dance. Sluszka’s adept storytelling and the wildly creative team from Grey worked together from pitch to post, yielding an admittedly ambitious yet successfully hilarious PSA.
The crew shot over the course of three nights in Forrest Park, Queens, capturing each scene in camera before cleaning up the bunraku-esque footage and removing the puppeteers in post.
Director Peter Sluszka
Executive Producer Hana Shimizu
Head of Production Greg Bedard
Producer Marty Geren
Director of Photography Zak Mulligan
Storyboard Artist David Zung
Senior Editor Anita Chao
Designers Sean Lattrell, Marco Furtado, Robert Macenzie, Natlie Labarre
Lead Compositor Peter Fink
Compositors John Harrison, Ted Wiggin, Noah Sterling, Xiao Xiao Tang, Hilary Barton, Anna Hieronymous
1st Assistand Director Jim Muscarella
Line Producer Joel Kretschman
Motion Control Operator Anthony Jacques
Gaffer Michael Yetter
Choreographer Tricia Brouk
Production Coordinator Ethan Christy
1st AC Nathan Spengler
Key Grip Justin Hullinger
Art Director Timothy McDonald
Best Boy Chris Clarke
Puppeteers Steven Widerman, Billy Barkhurst, Tyler Bunch, Lara MacLean, Ronald Binion, Paul McGinnis
Motion Control Assistant Julio Lopez
3rd Electric Lori Dinsmore
2nd Grip Balz Bielman
Lead Puppet Fabricator Patrick Zung
Seamstress Nora Rogers
Art Department Zung Studios, Timothy McDonald, Peter Erickson
Intern Anthony Galante, Danielle Edwards
Agency Executive Creative Director Ari Halper
Agency Executive Creative Director Stephen Krauss
Agency Creative Director Marco Pupo
Agency Creative Director Joao Coutinho
Agency Writer Pieter Melief
Agency Art Director Andrew Barrett
Agency Producer Sophia Pellicoro
Agency Partner Rick Cusato
Agency Account Executive Danielle Fields
Agency Business Manager Lisa Johnson
Agency SVP Assoc. Director of Film Production James Mcpherson
Music Producer David Steinberg
Peter Sluszka, winner of various awards and accolades, may be the most calm and patient director in the business. With strong roots in stop motion, it’s easy to understand why. It also helps that he's gleaned a thing or two from his time working alongside the legendary Michel Gondry.
Peter is a skilled mixed-media director, but above all, he is a clever designer and a fabrication whiz. It's not uncommon to find him fully immersed in a project and getting his hands dirty with set design, fabrication, or even animation.
Having directed original content animation, commercial productions, music videos, television series, and feature films, Peter's portfolio is brimming with live action, CG, and stop-motion feats. He’s manipulated everything from traditional foam latex puppets to meat, origami, snow, yarn and (literally) tons of clay.