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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... »

It's a Belgian name

Dead Lines

The title of this piece is “Dead Lines” though the post could legitimately be subtitled “How Charles can be even more embarrassingly amateur at puppetry”, though maybe that wouldn’t fit in the title bar. It is from a live performance at the local Atlanta Puppet Slam (The Puckin Fuppet Show). Anyway, without further ado: The script is, like most of the Death By Puppets... »

Puppet Evolution

Puppet Evolution

No, I’m not writing about the evolution of puppets (hmmm, maybe I should), OR about the evolution of my own puppet designs (that post is on the list though). No, the Ham on Nye event just happened to coincide with our latest Death By Puppets video. It also seems a good time to revisit a previous video with Phil‘s voice to go with the Phil puppet: »

Preserving a living folk artistry

Preserving a living folk artistry

At my Puppetry Guild meeting last night Annie Katsura Rollins discussed Chinese Shadow Puppetry, and her work studying it. One of the things she mentioned, mixed in with a fascinating history lesson on the art form and how the puppets are made, was that part of her work was in preserving this living folk art form as it approaches its probable end. As with many other folk arts, Chinese Shadow puppe... »

Rejected!

Rejected!

A number of my fellow puppeteers on facebook have been commenting on, and posting about, their rejection letters from Sesame Workshop today. A couple months back there was an open call for people to submit videos to apply to be picked to go to NYC to do a workshop with Sesame Street puppeteers. It is a thing they do every few years, and though it is officially not an audition for a job, it is also... »

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