Back in 2012, I attempted an original character I called Ralphie. I loved the design I had in my head but it just didn’t seem to translate into the puppet. It was big, bulky, and awkward.
A few months back, I decided to rebuild the puppet as I had wanted it the first time. I put a lot of work into each stage of this build. Many prototype puppet heads and bodies were made and sacrificed for this project. I even put in entrance rings in the base of the foam skull and the base of the body with a mesh sleeve inside for comfort.
The first thing I wanted was a distinguished fur look. So, I boiled and textured the original type of fur to give it a more matted look.
As always, I can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of my process.
So pleased to announce my latest project. This is a very different build than what I am accustomed to and I look forward to the challenges. This is a full, toddler sized posable figure being made for a photographer who uses the character in their logo. He wants to be able to take the figure out into public and photograph it to promote his business. I love it. Can’t wait to update with pictures of the build.
I’m so excited for this guy to find his hime in Denmark. I loved working on him. It has taken a while because I sent him out for costuming but I love the overall effect. Below are a few pictures of the finished product. In the last of these pictures, you see a more broad view of the puppet as well as how it operates. The costuming was made custom so as to fit the “live hand” style of puppetry.
As always, if you are interested in custom puppet work, contact me with your idea at email@example.com
This guy is for Monstertreehouseclub.com I loved the design they sent me and got straight to work. It has taken a lot of time to pattern out a shape I found suitable, and to texture the fur. I love the way this puppet is turning out and I cannot wait to finish.
So, the Toyota dealership in Bowling Green, KY asked Sublime Media Group to produce a series of puppet spots for his business. Here is the resulting hard work of the entire crew in the first two of three commercials.
In this first add, I played the monster interviewer. I had so much fun performing the character because he takes up so much room on the screen. It really gives him a sense of stage presence that smaller puppets can’t quite match. The monster was a design of my own, simple and fun. He had been built long before landing this gig. So we costumed him appropriately and gave him a microphone.
I used so many of the puppeteering techniques I learned at my Sesame Street Puppeteer Workshop journey. Notice how important the immediate focus of the eyes is in every shot. Specifically at the end where the puppet HAD to turn directly to the camera. Had he not, the shot would have been far less convincing. I practiced the movement over and over until I was able to do it without effort. I am thankful to be working with a director and crew that understand the needs of a puppet on screen and allow me so much creative input.
The second spot was very different. Again, the owner is seen in the add but this time we use three characters interacting in the same frames. I played Clyde the cat while David Hosay plays Sid the Squirrel and our director fills in as Bernie the goat.
The car shots were VERY difficult to get and a lot went into them. Part of being a puppeteer is learning how to get uncomfortable. Was it all worth it? Judge for yourself.
So I have continued work on these characters and wanted to share some progress on this guy. I am told the character is a weatherman. His costuming will be awesome, and I can’t wait to add his facial features. I went through a very long patterning process to get the head shape I wanted, but I’m finally happy.
This project requires a lot of hand stitching to properly contour to the shape of the foam. Can’t say I mind. I find hand stitching to be a very relaxing activity.
The next step will be to attach the head to the body and get his costuming work done when the arms are built.
And as always, if you have custom puppet creation needs, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss your idea and quote you a price.
Here are the two commercials we shot featuring the bed bug puppets I built. The shorter bug is performed by me, while the other bug is performed by David Hosay. Both pieces turned out to be really great local spots. It took about five hours of shooting to get both of these. Much thanks to our director Austin Albany and everyone who worked on this. Enjoy! For more cool stuff, check out http://sublimemediagroup.com/ And watch for us again soon as we use puppet characters I have built in the past for some very cool ads for a local Toyota dealership.