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Posted by Keith on October 21st, 2016 at 9:02 am

Hamster Potter by Keith Hopkin

Last time I brought you”Hamster Things” (“Stranger Things” with hamsters!). Today I give you “Hamster Potter”! That’s right, “Harry Potter” with hamsters! Special thanks again to the  Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven for their adorable rescue hamsters!

Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

VFX by Loris Ravera

Here’s Laura putting some finishing touches on the “moving portraits” Hamster Potter set.

Laura Vitto on set of Hamster Potter

Posted by Keith on October 7th, 2016 at 8:55 am

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin

Ten minutes into the first episode of  the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” I fell in love. I made this homage using some of my good friends at the Westchester Hamster Rescue.



Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

Music by Mark Lewis
VFX by Loris Ravera

Special thanks to Bob Al-Greene for illustrating the portal in the lab and
Alisa Stern for the lights and super cool trees!

Some behind the scenes photos:


This is me shooting on the Sony FS7 at the Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven. You can adopt a hamster there!

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin


Laura did an amazing job building a tiny Castle Byres. Isn’t it cute??

Castle Byres - All Hamsters Welcome

Bob Al-Greene did a great job on this portal illustration:

Bob Al-Greene Illustration for Hamster Things

Before shooting with real hamsters I usually do some camera tests with whatever is around the office:

Hamster Things Test Shot

I carefully hand painted the lettering and tried to be as close to the show:

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin (Behind the Scenes)

If Barb was a hamster she might look like this:

Hamster Things by Keith Hopkin

Posted by Keith on September 30th, 2016 at 11:41 am

Getting the mail with a drone??? Why??! Why NOT?!! At Mashable we decided to see if drones could do some chores around the house. Here’s the first one where we used an octocopter to get the mail. It worked! .. sorta…

Video by Keith Hopkin
Drone Pilot: Christopher Kaczmarzyk
Host: Max Knoblauch
Special Thanks to Joe Dobise