Monday, October 30, 2006

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 13


The puppet's head needs support in order to keep the top jaw form pulling down. To achieve this, I've cut a piece of gasket rubber that will fit snugly inside the puppets head. The narrow end will be pushed all the way to the puppets nose, and the large round end will fit in the puppet's skull.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Puppet Week


This has been a busy puppet filled week for Swazzle. We shot five short puppet videos at the Chiodo Brothers Studio. The first was a special Summer Reading Program pitch featuring the stars of the Swazzle puppet show Rex and Boots Super Sleuths. The other four were new Swazzle Workshop videos which premier the first of every month. Along with the puppet video shoot, we also had some evening puppets shows at two Southern California venues, and today we performed two shows at the No Ho Arts Center.

Next week editing will begin on the video work, and on November 1 the third episode of The Swazzle Workshop will make it's debut. Tune in to see how to make a B.A.R.K. The Robot Dog puppet out of toilet paper tubes.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Swazzle Workshop Shoot 3


Today we shot another episode of The Swazzle Workshop with special guest Prairie Dog Pete. We also shot some pick ups, and puppet making close ups. The Swazzle Workshop is wrapped for now. We are planning to shoot at least four more episodes in the spring.

In this photo Tim, Victoria, and Anita prep some puppets for shooting.

Look for new episodes of The Swazzle Workshop the first of every month.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Swazzle Workshop Shoot 2


Today we shot a Swazzle Workshop episode in which Louie the Snake teaches Tiger and Mousedeer how to make a snake rod puppet. We also shot some special safety, eco, and materials segments, and some hilarious demonstration puppet shows.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Swazzle Workshop Shoot 1


Today we shot at the Chiodo Brothers Studio for the second day. We completed most of two new episodes of our Swazzle web series, the Swazzle Workshop. In one episode Mayor Mole stops by to make a garbage monster rod puppet, and in the other Mama Dragon drops in to make a dragon sock puppet.

In this photo, I'm performing Tiger, Tim is performing Mayor Mole, Victoria is performing Mousedeer, and Anita is assisting with arm rods.

New Swazzle Workshop episodes premier the first of every month.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Rex and Boots Shoot 2


Today we shot a short video with Rex and Boots pitching the library summer reading program theme of "Get a Clue". I performed Rex and Anita performed Boots. Tim assisted with arm rods, and Patrick directed.

After a long day of shooting, the set was struck and the Swazzle Workshop set was put up. Tomorrow we are shooting two of four new web episodes.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Rex and Boots Shoot


Today we prepped the set for a Rex and Boots promotional video. The video will be shown at this year's California Library Association Conference in Sacramento. Rex and Boots will be pitching next year's Summer Reading Program theme, "Get A Clue."

Rex is on a stand for lighting purposes, and the set is elevated so that the puppeteers can move freely underneath.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 12


Pull the elastic through the hole and tie a secure knot at the end. The elastic should be tight so that it holds the mouth closed, yet have enough give, that the puppets mouth can be opened with little resistance.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 10


Thread the elastic through the hole in the puppet's mouth and tie a knot at the end. Make sure the knot is large and secure enough to keep the elastic from slipping through the hole.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Nice Note

I wanted to share this nice note that I received about Puppet 101. It's always nice to here that people are finding my tutorials helpful.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog (Puppet 101). I have recently been getting back into making foam based puppets & was waiting until I could afford the pattern I wanted, but after seeing your Ratchet tutorial I decided to go ahead & try it on my own. I am not done with it, but I had such an awesome time on it & was so excited that a pattern I drew out actually turned out looking similar to what I had in my head. I could not have done it without the tutorial so THANK YOU!

Brandy Lancaster

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 7


I'm using gasket rubber to make Lady Fromage's mouth pallet. Gasket Rubber is a good material for puppet mouths because it's light weight, strong and fairly flexible. You can find gasket rubber at your local auto supply store.