This site is intended to serve as a showcase for the various projects and output of character designer, sculptor and stop-motion animator Tony McVey. Starting his professional career as a model maker in the display division of London's Natural History Museum, Tony eventually realized his ambition and entered the British film industry, working for famed stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen on his Arabian Nights fantasy Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, followed by a brief stint on Superman and a year on The Dark Crystal.
A move to the US in 1981 resulted in a year on Return of the Jedi followed by assignments on Howard the Duck, StarTrek 3, Gremlins, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and Mars needs Moms. Tony's roster of employers includes Jim Henson Productions, Industrial Light and Magic, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Co., Electronic Arts, JAK Films, Atari and Image Movers Digital.
Additional TV commercial work involved prop building, puppet design and fabrication, character costume construction, model and miniature creation and effects design and direction for various clients including Prudential, Detroit Edison, Box Co. (Japan) Grey Advertising, Columbia Pictures Television and the American Cancer Society.
More recently, Tony has completed 5 minutes of stop-motion animation for the first episode of his sci-fi web series Gardens of Miranda, which can be seen on his blog and on Vimeo, with future episodes currently in the planning stages.