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New Puppet Webseries and Workshop

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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 as we are a “film for the internet” group, and because of that I’ve had less stuff to show you all here.

We’ve performed at the last two Dragon Con puppet slams, and numerous other slams here in Atlanta. We’ve also teamed up with other puppeteers to perform at other conventions around town.

As spring gave way to summer this year my family moved from an overstuffed house we’d been living in for over a decade, into a new place with more space *and* a whole workshop/puppet studio room in the basement. I’ve done relatively little building in the workshop so far, but I turned one corner into the unofficial Death By Puppets studio and we’ve started up filming again.

I wanted to share a few pictures of my work space and the trailer for the next Death By Puppets web series: “Tim Vortex: the Last Spacemaster!”

This corner of the workshop was set up with a chromakey greenscreen wall, which we promptly covered up with this "not a tardis" set piece.
This corner of the workshop was set up with a chromakey greenscreen wall, which we promptly covered up with this “not a tardis” set piece.
All the storage bins!
All the storage bins!
Sometimes you need inspiration from the artwork of others, sometimes you need to play with ukulele, and sometimes you need to have a nerf gun fight with yourself.
Sometimes you need inspiration from the artwork of others, sometimes you need to play with ukulele, and sometimes you need to have a nerf gun fight with yourself.
You'd be surprised how often you need a horse head puppet.
You’d be surprised how often you need a horse head puppet.
Michael Frith, Karen Prell, and Kathie Mullen signed this print for the puppeteers 2013 DragonCon
Michael Frith, Karen Prell, and Kathie Mullen signed this print for the puppeteers 2013 DragonCon
One of the DC puppeteers was at a convention with Caroll this year and was kind enough to have him sign a few prints for the rest of us.
One of the DC puppeteers was at a convention with Caroll this year and was kind enough to have him sign a few prints for the rest of us.
I felt I should have one of these wooden art models in my studio, but I must admit to not really knowing the proper use for it.  Peepers on the other hand? Those I know.
I felt I should have one of these wooden art models in my studio, but I must admit to not really knowing the proper use for it. Peepers on the other hand? Those I know.
We need more than just one puppet blaster
We need more than just one puppet blaster
Unfinished Dragon Puppets need Leia wigs
Unfinished Dragon Puppets need Leia wigs
Tim Vortex
Tim Vortex
Mary Sue
Mary Sue

Tim and Mary Sue watch over me as I work

James Hance inspires me
James Hance inspires me
Tim and Mary Sue watch over me as I work... Also, a Bruce Banner
Tim and Mary Sue watch over me as I work… Also, a Bruce Banner
My workshop also houses the large cat tree and Gigi likes to keep an eye on the puppets
My workshop also houses the large cat tree and Gigi likes to keep an eye on the puppets
Just some hand tools on the pegboard
Just some hand tools on the pegboard
Thread of all colors
Thread of all colors

Tim Vortex season #1 starts tomorrow. Check out the trailer now and come back for more.

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