Port Sebastian: The Back Story

In the time it took me to develop a clear view of how I wanted to tell my doll stories, I took a couple years’ worth (ok , about five years’ worth) of photos and made several slide show videos, making all sorts of mistakes along the way and changing my mind countless times about the way I wanted to go about it. Finally, I decided that:


  1. I wanted to attempt to create a web series that is part stop-motion animation and part slide show
  2. I wanted to do it with voices rather than the mixture of speech bubbles, captioned dialog, and text-to-speech (in one video) that I’d used before, and
  3. I wanted to tell an ongoing scripted story, with scenes and plots and twists, in soap-opera style, rather than simply “glimpses” into various characters’ lives as I’d done before.

Well (cue record-scratch sound here), I had to rethink numbers 1 and 2 for SO many reasons; mainly a lack of the time and resources needed to pull off something like that. I may be able to do that later in life at some point, but for now my direction is to stick with number 3 and to do it in photo-story format. So, I’m still building sets, writing scripts, and planning, with hopes of debuting Season 1 by the summer or fall of 2017. Read more about Port Sebastian or about me.


Many of my older photos, slideshows, and videos either told a piece of a story or allowed a glimpse into the backgrounds of some of the characters. Port Sebastian: The Back Story explains how it all began and provides insight into the characters and stories you will see unfolding in Season One.


(Also see Misc & Fun Stuff for a wide range of posts about dolls, characters, and sometimes silliness. Some of the character posts give a tiny bit more background into their lives.)

Kiersten and Abbey’s Road Trip

. If you follow @PortSebastian on Instagram or GetMeStarted on Flicker, you probably know that Kiersten and Abbey took a little road trip in the Fall of 2015. Kiersten met Tony a couple years ago and

Pining For Pine Valley

So I understand there is a rumor that All My Children could come back on Netflix! I cannot put into words how happy I would be if this would happen. As I said on my About

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 1A, Leah & James

. In The Backstory 1A, Leah & James, we meet Leah and James and witness a bit of their love story the way it unfolded. (Click any image for larger view or to start slideshow. In

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 1B, Kendra, Blaize, & Dennis / Easter at Playscale Playtime

. In The Backstory 1B: We learn about Kendra, her sister Blaize, and her son Dennis We attend an Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Playscale Playtime Preschool and Daycare (Click any image for larger view or

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 1C, Pittsburgh Road Trip

. In “The Backstory 1C, Pittsburgh Road Trip”, we go along on a road trip to Pittsburgh, PA, with several residents of Port Sebastian and their friends, and their human counterparts, who they call The Giants. (Click any

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 2A, Flowers in Port Sebastian Park

. In The Backstory 2A, we see some residents planting flowers in Port Sebastian Park. (Click any image for larger view or to start slideshow. In larger view, click anywhere in image to advance to next

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 2B, Guys & Dolls Dance Troupe / Baltimore Road Trip

. In The Backstory 2B: We are introduced to the Guys & Dolls Dance Troupe We go on a road trip to Baltimore, MD, with Kyle and Cleo, who traveled to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 2C, Leah’s Visit With Her Family

. In The Backstory 2C, we see Leah’s visit with her family, when she and her two brothers all have announcements to make . . .   (Click any image for larger view or to start

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 3A, Leah & James at Ristorante Amore

. In Part 3A, Leah and James meet for dinner at Ristorante Amore after Leah’s visit with her family. Also at the restaurant are waitress Nicole and diners Cameron, Kita, Marcus, Naima, Fisher, Ingrid, Viveka, Kimberly, and

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 3B, Washington DC, Virginia, & Maryland Road Trip

. In Part 3B, Carolyn, Janice, Kiersten, and Ryan accompany the Giants on a trip to Washington, DC and surrounding areas. (Click any image for larger view or to start slideshow. In larger view, click anywhere

Port Sebastian: The Backstory 3C, Atlantic City, NJ

. In Part 3C, we travel to Atlantic City, NJ on a windy Saturday morning with Cecelia, Arlon, Dillon, Drue, Tony, Kiersten, Ashley, and JT. A friend and I went there that day to take doll

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