Jay Clay began appearing in animated Super-8 short films in the late 1970’s. An early film, “Fracas”, was featured on NBC Saturday Night Live as part of the Home Movie segment in 1981. Other titles during this period include ‘Ratwar’, ‘ The Sink Cleaner’, ‘Q.P.’.
In 1991 the first film of the Jay Clay Trilogy was released in 16mm, ‘The Potato Hunter’. That was followed by ‘Canhead’ in 1996, released in 35mm. ‘Canhead’ was an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short in 1997. The third film, “The Quiet Life’ was released in 2010 after nearly 10 years in production. Shot in 16mm, it was finished in a digital format. All the films are pure stop-motion animation.