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Puppet Project we want to see

Puppet Project we want to see

In this installment of “cool stuff I want to see made” there is a puppet crowd-funding project running that I really would love to see hit its goal. Vermin is aiming to be a more family friendly comedic web series by the people who brought us Transylvania-TV. Gordon Smuder was one of the DragonCon guests for the first year of the Puppetry Track which was where I met him and his wife Je... »

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Doodle Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Doodle Edition

This year many of my facebook friends started a “Doodle a Day” project on January first, but as I wasn’t planning ahead for it I waited till February to start myself. When it comes to performance art (puppetry) I tend to be of a “mash-up culture” mindset (for both the stuff I write, as well as the stuff Treelobsters writes for us) and those mashups are my “style... »

Tim Vortex: Episodes 3 & 4

Tim Vortex: Episodes 3 & 4

With the new year rolling around I apparently forgot to share our latest Death By Puppets videos here. Revenge of the Odlids represents, I think, a bit of a jump in the post production work our editor is able to pull off, and I also feel like I was making some actual acting choices with Tim’s movement (more than just “stay in frame and lip sync right”). Two of the biggest factors... »

Tim Vortex: Episode 2

Tim Vortex: Episode 2

Death By Puppets presents the next episode in our series Tim Vortex! The Last Spacemaster. This was the piece we performed for the DragonCon Puppet slam this year, and was also performed as part of another show with our friends at Felt Nerdy for the TimeGate convention this past spring. And somehow, I still see all the flaws in our puppeteering. »

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Theatre Prop Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Theatre Prop Edition

* There is a bonus Death By Puppets trailer at the end of the post. Recently I was asked to make three “large hell hound head” type puppets for a production of The Tempest my son was in. I’ve made a fair number of puppets, but rarely work large, and haven’t delved too deeply into animal shapes, so this wasn’t exactly within my wheelhouse. I started off with a small mo... »

Tim Vortex: The Last Spacemaster

Tim Vortex: The Last Spacemaster

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a new Death By Puppets series. We are, not surprisingly fans of Doctor Who. But, just because we love something doesn’t mean we won’t take great pleasure in spoofing its tropes, and highlighting some of its flaws. As such, it was only obvious that we would create a “totally not a TARDIS” set and re-costume a Han and Leia puppet m... »

New Puppet Webseries and Workshop

New Puppet Webseries and Workshop

This has been an interesting year for me creatively. A few years ago we started Death By Puppets and it was almost entirely a series of short films for youtube, but filming and editing takes time and coordination and somewhere along the way this year we ran out of films to put up, but we didn’t stop creating. In the last two years we’ve become as much a “perform live” group... »

Fairy Godmother, Inc

Fairy Godmother Incorporated

UPDATE: Bonus Video added! It’s the beginning of the month, usually known as “Charles forgets to post the puppet video” time. But not this time! This month’s video has had a long tale of filming and re-filming and editing and re-editing. During that long saga we roped my good friend Thom Stanley into helping direct us (at least any of the good parts he directed), Mad Art La... »

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