An animation on a process, “To Meet the Faces You Meet”. © 2019 J. Allen Williams. Directed/Animated/Produced by J. Allen Williams/Parallax Studio LLC/Nixa, MO, USA. Story by J. Allen Williams, and Jan Strand. Conseptual Design by Richard Corben. [IMDb]
Here is a list of the Movies Mr. Corben has made.
- Clips and videos on WebCorben comes and goes.
- Mubi, classic, foreign and Independent short films. Incl. Ricard Corben films: The Dark Planet, Heavy Metal and Neverwhere. Requires a small sum of money to log in.
- WebCorben: It used to be that the new update brings new clips but as well erases old ones. Lately, during a long perioid there was no changes on video clips.
- There was a long break with no video clips at all.
- New Year 2009 Mr. Corben brought a new feature on his web site, Movies, with opening Flash animations: Drum Sale (1997), The Canal (2000), The Haunted Palace (2002), Toon Usher (2004). A count of movies: 4.
- In February 2009 he added first Fungi from Yuggoth, Part IV: Recognition (2003) and soon after that Beyond the Dream (2006). A count of movies: 6.
- In the end of February 2009 (23th?) he added Shadows beyond Time (2003). Nothing erased. A count of movies: 7.
- For a long perioid of time [2011–2013] there’s been following movies: The Masque of the Red Death #1 (2010), The Masque of the Red Death #2 (2011), Toon Usher (2004), The Haunted Palace (2002), The Canal (2000), Drum Sale (1997), and Fungi from Yuggoth, Part IV: Recognition (2003). A count of movies: 7.
- There was again a period of no video clips at all.
- Suddenly in the middle of one of auctions CorbenstudiosCom disappeared and Mr. Corben changed his base to CorbencomicartCom.
- In 2015 Richard Corben open a page for Vimeo in Aug. and put there following videos, The Canal (2000), Dagon (1999), Beyond the Dream (2006), and The Haunted Palace (2002). You may or may not find same movies from WebCorben as well.
Richard Corben Movies
Samples of Corben’s amateur animation movies. All are works in process (Corben’s Facebook page, Oct. 1, 2020):
Movie shots printed in Richard Corben’s Art Book 2 (1994), pg 21:
01. Labours of Hercules
Year: Before 1962. Picts: None. Source: FiF, pg 42; Masters of Comic Book Art (1978); interview The Magic World of Richard Corben. Length: 5 min. Style: 8mm drawn animation (detailed explanation of the way of the making in FiF, pg 42). Description: An adaptation from a Science Fiction magazine story.
02. Gateway to Terror
Year: Before 1962. Picts: None. Source: Masters of Comic Book Art (1978); interview The Magic World of Richard Corben. Length: Unknown. Style: 8mm drawn animation (prob. similar to Labours of Hercules). Description: Based on the Greek myths.
03. Siegfried Saves Metropolis
Year: 1965. Picts: In Famous Monsters of Filmland #34 (1965) and #35 (1965). Source: See prev. Length: Unknown. Style: 8mm. Description: Based on “Metropolis” movie photos and the animation was done before they saw the actual movie. Promus Motor/Puppeter: Madonna Marchant (later Dona Corben). Camera Operator/Animator: Richard Corben.
See also Siegfried Saves Metropolis page.
Year: 1966. Picts: Possible photo: Famous Monsters of Filmland #55 (1969); 4 B&W photos: FiF, pg 43; 2 B&W making of photos: art2, pg 21. Source: See prev. Length: 10 min. Style: Live action with possible animation.
05. The Search for the Golden Mold
The Films of Richard Corben (G 1967): 8-minute amateur film using animated puppets and live action. This film depicts the desperate search of two aliens searching for a countermeasure for the plague which is ravaging their home world. [Encounter Program Book #7 (Oct. 22-23, 1983)]
06. Neverwhere [the Movie]
Year: 1968. Picts: 2 clips in WebCorben [March 2005]; special effect photo (B&W): art2, pg 21. Entire Video: WebCorben [May 2010]; in 3 parts. Source: FiF, pgs 42, 44. Length: 11 min. Style: 16 mm drawn animation and live action. Animation cells black line, variable color background. Story: “Neverwhere”. Spoiler: Den’s Legacy. Troopies: C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle and President of Japan Cultural Society.
The Films of Richard Corben (PG 1968): A live action and animation project which introduces Corben’s DEN, one of the most popular characters ever to appear Heavy Metal magazine, and one of the publication’s features chosen of the Heavy Metal animated film. Neverwhere was screened at the 1969 Japanese Film Festival, where it received an award. The short film has also been given a C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle award. [Encounter Program Book #7 (Oct. 22-23, 1983)]
Year: On process around 1970. Picts: None. Source: Interview The Magic World of Richard Corben (1). Interview Journey to Gore’s Dungeon (2). Length: Abandoned? Style: 16mm (?) mixture of live action and animated models. Extra (1): A SF adventure story with aliens, a space ship and a two-headed dragon. Abandoned (because no mention anywhere else that it was ever concluded)? Though they were about one-third into the production during the interview (printed in winter 1970). Mr. Corben thought there would be still at least an another year of work ahead. Extra (2): During the interview printed in Realm #5 (Oct. 1972) the film was still under process.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”3″ gal_title=”All images”]
Year: Around 1968–1972? Picts: None. Source: art2, pg 21; interview The Magic World of Richard Corben. Length: Abandoned, 1972. Style: A full-length animated film. Extra: Mentioned in an interview printed in Winter 1970 as abandoned (“Rowlf was first conceived a couple of years ago [!] not as a comic story, but as a film”)! Dated in Corben’s Art Book #2 as AD 1972, which sounds like incorrect. [read also: Rejected Projects]
Year: 1980 Picts: Slideshow above. Source: Starting Point: 1979-1996. Length: Never realized. Extra: According to Starting Point: 1979-1996 (a book full of letters from, and interviews with, Hayao Miyazaki), he was interested in picking up the film rights for Richard Corben’s Rowlf back in 1980. [net]
09. Skull Island
Year: 1975. Picts: Puppets (1 B&W photo): art2, pg 21. Source: See prev. Length: Abandoned. Style: With puppets.
10. Return of the Box
Year: Unknown. Picts: 4 B&W photos: FiF, pg 45. Source: See prev. Length: Unknown. Style: Unknown.
11. Mondo Amore
12. Creatures of the Box
Year: Scheduled for completion by the summer of 1981. Picts: None. Source: FiF, pg 44. Length: 35 min. Style: Stop-action animation of clay monsters and critters. Extra: Sequel for Return of the Box. Well, this sounds like part of The Dark Planet (1989), Part 1(2): “Tower of Blood”.
The Films of Richard Corben (R 1981): A latter project using a mixture of living action and clay animation, in an occult theme. The story deals with with two mercenaries charged with the protection of a mystic device which is the key to an invasion by cosmic forces. One of the guards is played by Stan Dresser, the short’s photographer, who has worked on a number of Corben film efforts. Richard Corben makes a rare film appearance in a cameo role as a warrior/priest of a sinister cult. [Encounter Program Book #7 (Oct. 22-23, 1983)]
13. The Dark Planet
Year: 1989. Picts: Cover: art1, pgs 60-61, CI-card #5. Source: VHS print. Length: Part 1: 1 h 4 min; Part 2: 29 min. Format: VHS. Print run: 2000. Style: Stop-action animation with live action. Story: The Dark Planet (1989). Extra: Includes two fairly plotted stories, “Tower of Blood” (1h4min) and “Relief Station” (29min). Both stories has several loose scenes (see Mondo Amore, and Creatures of the Box), which were not ment to be shown together and which were shot during several years. Richard Corben Art Book [#1] says on pg 60, “I’ve made many amateur films since [grade school]. A couple years ago, I decided to put some of them together in a package for small scale marketing.”
The Films of Richard Corben (R 1983): Begun in the middle 70s, this project includes a mixture of key scenes and effects work filmed as early as 1970, and utilizes many film and video special effects. Artist/writer Bruce Jones stars as a space pilot on a stop-over on a small planet, who recalls a girl he had once met on a same world. This Encounter 7 screening is the film’s world premiere. [Encounter Program Book #7 (Oct. 22-23, 1983)]
14. Legacy of Horror
Year: Unknown. Picts: Color photo of rat creature: art2, pg 21. Source: See prev. Length: Unfinished. Style: With puppets.
15. Drum Sale
Year: 1997. Picts: None. Source: Video clip in WebCorben [the end of 2004], file size 2.92 Mb; a Flash video in WebCorben [New Year 2009]. Length: 26 sec. Style: CG animation [3D MAX?]. Description: A fictitious commercial featuring a drum solo by Beth Corben Reed.
16. The Haunted Palace
Year: 1997, 2002. Picts: None. Source: Video clip in WebCorben [the end of 2004, dated as 1997], file size 1.7 Mb; entire film as a Flash video in WebCorben [New Year 2009, dated as 2002]. Length: 32 sec (1997 version; without opening titles and the very end, otherwise identical with the longer version); 52 sec (a 2002 full version). Style: CG animation [3D MAX?], incl. lip sync and cloth dynamics. Music: Philip DeWalt. Description: An old man climbs up on a hill and talks. Special: For a split second of the very end of the clip you can see the same sea monster as used in 19. The Deep One Monster (around 1999).
Year: 1997. Picts: None. Source: Entire film in WebCorben [the end of 2004], file size 3.19 Mb. Length: 23 sec. Style: CG animation [3D MAX?]. Music: Tim Higgins. Description: Ad for Kansas City Film Maker’s Jubilee.
Year: 1999. Picts: None. Source: See “Included”. Length: 6 min 36 sec. Style: CG animation mixed with live action. Included: Into Lurker in the Lobby, Vol. II: The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Nov. 2000) VHS-casette. Story: “Dagon [H.P. Lovecraft]” / “Dagon [comics]” / “Dagon [anim.]”. Music: Philip DeWalt. Additional Photography: Jan Strnad. Description: A sailor adrifts on a boat to the unknown dimention and time to confront worshipers of Dagon. Extra: Richard Corben acts sailor.
Year: Unknown [before 2004]. Picts: None. Source: Yahoo Discussion Group . Length: Unkown. Style: Unkown. Story: An apocalyptic story. Description: A Corben fan “Rod” has seen it alongside with “Dagon”.
20. The Deep One Monster
Year: Unknown (around 1999). Picts: On Return to Innsmouth web site. Source: See “Included”. Length: Extremely short sequence (a few seconds). Style: CG animation with monster rendering. Used also as the background pict for the Front Cover Art of video. Made for: Animation video Return to Innsmouth (Aug. 1st, 1999). Directed: Aaron Vanek. Produced: Andrew Migliore, for Beyond Books. Special: For a split second you can see the same sea monster as used in the very end of the clip of 16. The Haunted Place (1997, 2002).
21. The Canal
Year: 2000. Picts: None. Source: Short video clip in WebCorben [March 2005], file size 8.2 Mb; entire film as a Flash video in WebCorben [New Year 2009]. Length: 3 min 39 sec. Style: CG animation [3D MAX?]. Included: Into Lurker in the Lobby, Vol. II: The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Nov. 2000) VHS-casette. Story: “The Canal [H.P. Lovecraft]” / “The Canal [comics]” / “The Canal [anim.]”. Music: Tim Higgins. Description: Story of ruined city.
22. Dance 1
23. Dance 2
24. Monk Walks
25. Rod’s Pad
Year: Unknown. Picts: None. Source: See “Included”. Length:Unknown. Style: CG animation shorts. Included: In Digimation‘s demo tape – the largest publisher and distributor of 3-D Max plug-ins. At least one of above included in the demo tape.
27. Fungi from Yuggoth, Part IV: Recognition
Year: 2003. Picts: None. Source: Web site The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Schedule) [web link broken] says it’s fourth film to be shown at the festival / Entire film as a Flash video in WebCorben [Feb. 2009]. Length: 5 min 49 sec. Style: Toon person on CG animation [3D MAX?]. Story: “Recognition [H.P. Lovecraft]” / “The Scar [comics]”. Description: A man relives a childhood exploration of his fear of unusual ruins in ancient woods (in parallel time). Comics vs. animation: Similar plots, differes with details of interpreter. Breakdowns: Recognition
28. Shadows beyond Time
Year: 2003. Picts: None. Source: Entire film (partial time coded) as a Flash video in WebCorben [The end of Feb. 2009]. Length: 7 min 18 sec. Style: Toon person on CG animation [3D MAX?]. Maybe some backgrounds live action streamlined to vector art (decreasing color depth). Description: A poor man aproaches an old relative to get his money. The older man has an heritage the protagonist does not suspect. Extra: Lovecraftian theme. Cast: Michael Shields, Marie Donald, Harvey Sea. Producer/Director: Richard Corben. Music: Tim Higgins.
29. Walt Dance
Year: 2004. Picts: None. Source: Entire film in WebCorben [the end of 2004], file size 800 Kb, mute. Length: 21 sec. Style: CG animation [3D MAX?], incl. motion capture file from MEGAMOCAP. Description: A man dances.
30. Toon Usher
Year: 2004. Picts: None. Source: Entire film as a Flash video in WebCorben [New Year 2009] / An Interview with José Villarrubia [Mid-Aug. 2004]. Length: 6 min 13 sec. Style: Toon figures on 3D backgrounds, 3D camera movements and a 3D curtain/wind effect [3D MAX?]. Description: Richard Corben says on his web site, “For several years I was obssessed with creating an adaptation of Poe’s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. During an extended period of frustration of working with live actors and special CG effects, I did this little toon version. I had even thought of completing a long version in this style.”
Year: 2006. Picts: None. Source: A Flash video clip in WebCorben . Length: 4 sec. Style: Looks like animated vector art (streamlined from tonal source). Description: A face of an African man. Slight movement.
32. Beyond the Dream
Year: 2006. Picts: None. Source: Entire film as a Flash video in WebCorben [Feb. 2009]. Length: 2 min 38 sec. Style: Abstract animation (mixed media, incl. live action). Description: Abstract patterns and colors (mainly red on black) with figure cuts from early 80’s.
33. Masque of the Red Death #1
Year: 2010. Picts: None. Source: The first part of an animation as a Flash video in WebCorben [Aug. 26, 2010]. Length: 2 min 6 sec. Style: Mostly flat 3D [3D MAX?]. Description: Camera moves in a deep (B&W) forest, animals and people dies because of the Read Death. The ruins of a bulding, a wind mill, a bonfire. Multiple layers on each others. B&W with red as an extra color.
34. Masque of the Red Death #2
Year: 2011. Picts: None. Source: The second part of an animation as a Flash video in WebCorben [Aug. 21, 2011]. Length: 3 min 13 sec. Style: Mostly flat 3D [3D MAX?]. Description: Camera enters to the castle where a colorful party goes on. Pendulum, curtain, eight o’clock. Music, singing and other entertainment. Multiple layers on each others. B&W outside world with red moon is colorful inside the castle.
35. Anime Studio mouse motion capture
Richard Corben design work for movies
- Bludd (2000). Design work (only!) for 22 minute, 10 episode Flash web animation for PirateNet.
- Dark Star (November 5, 2010). Design work for live action/CG animation CD-ROM game for Parallax Studios.
- Dark Star the Motion Picture (2016). 2nd Unit Animator / Set Designer: Richard Corben
Richard Corben related movies
- Comix (1960-1975) (1979), by Alejandro Vallejo. Richard Corben interview.
- The History of Comics, Part 3. Richard Corben interview. Same in Spanish in YouTube.
- Lurker in the Lobby, Vol. II: The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Nov. 2000). Incl. shorts The Canal, and Dagon.
- Phantom of the Paradise. Movie one-sheet.
- Return of the Streetfighter (1975). Movie one-sheet, a promo poster.
- Heavy Metal the Movie (1981, 1996): New Tales of the Arabian Nights sequence Heavy Metal Special: One Step Beyond, pgs 12-15, team tested sequence (was alternative for Den sequence, but rejected), not made by Richard Corben.
- Heavy Metal the Movie (1981, 1996): Den sequence (spoiler, picts: The Making of the Movie), follows the original Den comic story plot, not made by Richard Corben. See also Arabian Nights sequence.
- Conan the Barbarian (1982) (The Conan Completist) – Richard Corben was offered the job of storyboarding the CONAN film first. He did a sample page which was fantastic. Then he got Dino DeLaurentiis’ contract, read it, rejected it and then flew back home. Richard didn’t realize that the first contract you get is not written in stone; it’s actually a first offer — the beginning of a negotiation. / – It was the opening of the film: the making of Conan’s sword. Beautiful work; crystal clear yet atmospheric storytelling. [William Stout]
- Return to Innsmouth (Aug. 1st, 1999). A few second monster scene, The Deep One Monster.
- Spookies (1989) [art1, pg 41]. Movie one-sheet, and cover art.
- 3-D animation included in Digimation‘s demo tape – the largest publisher and distributor of 3-D Max plug-ins. Prob. one of above 3-D Max shorts (for example Dance 1, Dance 2, Monk Walks, Rod’s Pad, or Stan).
- Alan Parsons Project meets Richard Corben meets Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” (3 min 58 sec), animated from the frames taken from Creepy #67 by Roger Taylor in YouTube. Also available high quality video version.
- Warren Magazine Art & Artists of the ’60’s & ’70’s (6 min 35 sec), edited by Roger Taylor in YouTube. Among others Richard Corben. Also available high quality video version.
- Creepy, Eerie,Vampirella Covers (3 min 55 sec), run through of all Warren covers, animated by Roger Taylor in YouTube.
- Corben’s Website (2 min 30 sec). A small portrait head, approximately 2 hours painting condensed to about 2 1/2 minutes. The finished image was on the Corben’s Website page. [April 1, 2010]
- Métal Hurlant Chronicles (Oct. 27, 2012, 23 min., English language) A live action adaptation of Mr. Corben’s comic story, “King’s Crown”, printed in Metal Hurlant #142 (2003). [Oct. 26, 2013]
- Cólera (2012, 6 min 33 sec). A live action short adaptation of Bruce Jones comic story, “Terminated”. Directed by Aritz Moreno. Written by Aritz Lazkano, Aritz Moreno. Acted by Luis Tosar, Irati Azcuna Pascual, Iñake Irastorza.
- Darkstar: The Motion Picture Noir Edit (2016, 1 hour 13 min 18 sec). Never intended to be a film once production on the “video game” version began, Parallax always hoped to edit a “theatrical” version of DARKSTAR from game footage for fans to view. In 2013, three years after the release of “The Interactive Movie”, a DVD was released edited from these low resolution clips. Link to video in the picture.
See also Richard Corben parts on the video.
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Created: August 25, 2003. Last updated: October 22, 2020 at 20:19 pm