Exciting news! There is a new workshop coming to North Texas this summer–Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film. Are you interested in learning what it takes to design, build and perform with puppets like those used in some of America’s most beloved productions like Sesame Street or The Muppet Show? Want to learn puppetry techniques from the professionals behind the characters? The opportunity is yours!
The worshop features puppet building tips from our good friend, Project Puppet’s Pasha Romanowski. You’ll also learn to puppeteer with acclaimed Muppeteers Noel MacNeal and Peter Linz. Registration is now open through May 15th. Space is extremely limited for this rare event, so sign up today!
I was recently contacted by a client that wanted a Ryan Reynolds-ish puppet to use in an upcoming video contest. It’s going to be a spoof of the movie Buried. This was a fun build since I’ve never really done a lot of “make-up” effects on a puppet before. But I’m happy with the outcome—take a look:
A while back, I had the privilege of working with David Hosay and Crabtree Furniture in Kentucky to develop a character for Crabtree’s new marketing campaign. He is the star of a series of commercials that talk about the “squirrely” service you get from the “Big Box” stores. Below are some pics of Sid before he left the workshop.
You can also see him in action on his own Youtube channel. Here is his first commercial. David Hosay did a great job bringing him to life!
He’s also been seen on billboards around Russellville, Kentucky:
For those of you who haven’t heard, Pasha Romanowski of Project Puppet fame has recently started an interactive puppet building website called Puppetsmith. You can become a member and join a rapidly growing community of puppet builders that are sharing tips and techniques. Pasha is updating the blog regularly with great tutorials–both as blog posts and videos.
As a part of this endeavor, Puppetsmith is now selling a dog puppet pattern from legendary puppet builder Terry Angus. This is a great pattern, and I have the good fortune of being able to take you through the process of building this dog puppet. It’s quite an honor to be the first guest builder at Puppetsmith.
If you’d like to follow along with me, all you have to do is become a member (just $10 a month) and purchase the pattern. We’ve only just begun so there’s plenty of time to jump in and learn some great puppet building techniques.
So don’t wait–meet me over at Puppetsmith today!
Here is a photographic trip through the building process of the Chummy and Champ puppet for Big Beak Pictures:
You can also find Chummy and Champ on Facebook.
Last year I had the privilege of working with Big Beak Pictures in Malaysia to build four puppets for their children’s pilot called Chummy and Champ. You can watch a behind the scenes video of the show here.
Below are the characters from the show:
First is Champ the energetic orangutan.
Next is Chummy the happy Sun Bear.
Here is wise old Captain the sea turtle.
And this is the laughing and protective Big Beak.
Big Beak Pictures has just wrapped up filming the pilot for the show and will soon begin shopping it around internationally. You can follow their blog for more information.
I really hope Chummy and Champ will be aired here in the U.S. I’d love to see the characters in action.
In another post, I’ll show a bit of the building process for the puppet characters.
The guys over at The Kids Music Underground have put up a video of the intro for their new pilot, and it includes some glimpses of the puppets in action. Check it out:
Kids Music Underground–Pilot Intro
They also now have a page dedicated to the puppet characters
In recent weeks, I’ve been busy being a new Dad and loving every moment of it. Now I’m back to the studio working on some fun puppet projects which I can’t share just yet, but stay tuned…
I’d also like to congratulate John Carlin and the Kid’s Music Underground on their new TV pilot which will include three of Thistledown’s puppets. Below is an excerpt from John explaining the show’s concept:
“We’re just putting the finishing touches on a kids’ television show pilot that we’ll be shopping to the networks. In each episode, my character comes to the aid of a child guest by traveling to a distant culture and learning about its people, food, customs and music,” Mr. Carlin explained, “with the help of three pretty amazing character puppets. We shot the majority of it in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival in 2009.”
Sounds fun and I can’t wait to check it out.
Last Friday, my little man Titus came into the world. I can’t wait until he can build puppets with Daddy.
Here is the third puppet that I built for The Kids Music Underground. She’s an Anime style catgirl named Yuki. What I like about this character is the funky, colorful design and the varying textures in her outfit.
Her tail is flexible and attached to her back with monofilament. This allows the tail to wag and wiggle when she moves.