Sunday, February 22, 2009
The March issue of Animation Magazine did a two page article on Team Smithereen, the new stunt puppet show from The Dan Clark Company/W!ldbrain/Jetix Europe. I'm pictured with show creator Dan Clark, and a crazy monster puppet. Team Smithereen will be coming out in the first quarter of 2009 - in the mean time check out the show's production blog: teamsmithereen.blogspot.com. You can pick up a copy of Animation Magazine at your local newsstand or on their website.
I managed to dig up some amateur video of the monster puppet Jim Henson's Creature Shop made for Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour. Patrick and I were part of the small team that built this huge puppet. It was made out of foam and fiberglass, and built on a carbon fiber spine. The entire monster is covered in fabric, and has hand stitched wrinkles and veins running up and down it's body. It was built over a couple weeks at the Creature Shop in Burbank CA. You can't tell from the video, but it also has a long tail. The videos were shot on cell phones by concert goers, so bear with the low quality of the image - they look a bit better if you watch them in high quality. Enjoy:
Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Swazzle is on Facebook and it's looking for fans! If you're a fan of Swazzle, puppets and puppet shows, then head on over to Swazzle's page on Facebook. The Swazzle Facebook page has some fun photos, videos and more. We hope to see you there!