The young Star of the Film

For my first real effort at making a 'proper' Stop-motion puppet (my previous wire armature puppets were not nearly this refined) I guess the young lad is a pretty good effort. As a stop motion puppet that needs to be utilised as part of a film... He could be sooo much better. The materials used (a brushing latex outer skin with a 2 part polyurethane foam core over a machined steel armature) seem to work but there are obvious limits and issues with this type of construction. The skin needs to be relatively thick (about 1mm) to make sure that it doesn't tear when removing the puppet from the mould. This also appears to be about the exact amount that exerts enough pressure on the joints of the armature to make some poses impossible to hold. We found a way around the issue, but only because the puppet will be wearing a costume. If it was, say, a dinosaur, which wasn't wardrobed to cover up the small adjustments made to the puppet post-moulding then we would have been in all sorts of dilemmas.

That's one puppet down and one puppet to go. The next puppet is smaller than this one, the above puppet is only half a foot high, and I found sculpting at this scale a little difficult. Just a lack of practice at this scale I guess. Hope I can make the new one look and work OK.

PS. I realise now that if it ever looks like I'll get one of my children's shows up for production I'm going to have to delete this blog.

Take: 22

Anonymous Anonymous mused...

Is that a Gum Tree, the native resting spot of the kukubarra?

Mon Nov 12, 02:23:00 pm

Blogger Calzone mused...

Puppets are totally gay.

Tue Nov 13, 01:49:00 am

Blogger handmaiden mused...

well, you don't have to delete the blog...just delete our comments, silly.

Wed Nov 14, 02:16:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

Hey Squidness, I believe the scientific name is ArborPlasticus. But yes. It's definitely the rare 1:6th scale Kookaburra's native resting spot.

Thu Nov 15, 12:41:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

Yo Zoner, long time no see. Hope you're well dude! Puppets are indeed happy, just not your sort of puppet.

Thu Nov 15, 12:43:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

Ha! No L>t, there's more content here that would probably be considered inappropriate by producers on children's television than just the comments.

Although I must say that these guys have their own children's TV show and manage to produce adult content as well.

I personally don't have a problem with adults acting as adults AND producing shows for children. But I also understand that when making the choice to produce those types of shows you have a responsibility to ensure children aren't unwittingly subjected to matters which are strictly adult behaviour.

Wouldn't want one of the kiddies to do a search on something like the Sprites and have them accidentally see, say, a post written in the character of the Dark One.

Thu Nov 15, 12:53:00 pm

Blogger Diana Crabtree mused...

I wouldn't judge you if you closed your blog because you have a children's tv program.

I would, however, sell you out to the tabloids

Fri Nov 16, 03:30:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Of course you would Diana. Because you're THAT kind of person. Mean, vindictive, money grubbing... in fact, I'm not sure why I put up with you. That's it! You're off the Xmas card list!

Fri Nov 16, 09:20:00 am

Blogger handmaiden mused...

so...does that mean you want us to only talk nice from now on? & all your puppets will be dressed?

Fri Nov 16, 11:00:00 am

Blogger Ticharu mused...

If they came out of the mould with torn skin that would sort of change the production wouldn't it... might scare the little kiddies, but wouldn't that be fun!

Fri Nov 16, 01:56:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

Handmaiden, don't be silly, I hate the idea of censuring comments. People can say what they like. I was just a little concerned that the Director might be offended if she saw her character being referred to in that manner and I didn't want to have to take the picture down.

Fri Nov 16, 02:13:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

It's funny you should say that Tichers. Due to an uncustomary delay with a supply I had to had the puppet over without hair or eyes. I have no idea what they'll do for the shoot. It could be very scary indeed!!

Fri Nov 16, 02:14:00 pm

Blogger Ticharu mused...

Ha ha! You could do a short with the eyeless puppet and one of my scarier pieces! That would make Hollywood sit up and take notice!!!

Sat Nov 17, 12:36:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

I think Hollywood would throw up and take notice.

I've now made eyes myself... they too are creepy. Although the Director did fall in love with the eyeless version. Her fractured fairy tale really could be told with that effect.

Sat Nov 17, 12:58:00 am

Blogger Ticharu mused...

Do they still make films in Hollywood???

Sat Nov 17, 01:09:00 am

Blogger Scarlet Hip mused...

Puppets scare the shit out of me. Almost as much as clowns. I hate clowns.

I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

Sat Nov 17, 09:33:00 am

Blogger Diana Crabtree mused...


There had better be a Christmas card by December 20th EVERY YEAR or I will tell the tab's about the whole inter-species porn thing.

And I don't want some wussy "Peace on Earth" card either...it better say "Merry Christmas" AND "Happy new year"

Sat Nov 17, 06:22:00 pm

Blogger Shelley Noble mused...

You've been busy, Rich. Tell your young charge the set looks fantastic too!

My customary unwelcome asshole suggestion: Make your own children's program. Fuck the suits. Maybe that's the name of it.

Sun Nov 18, 07:35:00 am

Blogger JLee mused...

I thought I commented on this post. But didn't. I'm losing my mind...

Mon Nov 19, 03:32:00 pm

Blogger Diana Crabtree mused...


Rich, you probably don't know what thanksgiving is. It is an American holiday celebrating "thanks."

We "give thanks" by sacrificing a turkey. We then put the turkey in a heated ceremonial box for 4-5 hours.

While the turkey is in the ceremonial heated box, usually the senior female in the household begins the potato mashing ceremony. In this ceremony she skins the potatoes, boils them, adds calf's food & a fatty substance, and mashes it all repeatedly, until it is a creamy texture.

The turkey & potato ceremonies are usually done by the females of the family. The males usually are huddled in a "den" around a box. In the box are images of men with round heads, running with a brown lemon-shaped object. The males can be heard chanting in unison "OOOOOOH!" and "YAAAAAAAAY"

When the turkey is removed from the ceremonial heated box, the males and females gather around an elevated flat panel, and eat the ceremonial items off of slabs of porcelain.

When the ceremony is over, it is customary to unbutton the top button of the pants, and to find a soft surface and sleep.

I am glad I could share my country's exotic tradition with you Rich.

I'm thankful I know you.

Fri Nov 23, 03:36:00 pm

Anonymous Jennifer Lowenstien mused...

I am very concerned about the young star. Like so many young people in show business, he seems to be a victim of his own excess.

His coffee consumption is very alarming! His cup is taller than he is! It is clearly stunting his growth, one of his arms is not as long as the other.

Rich, please send him to rehab before its too late.

Sun Nov 25, 06:22:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous mused...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Mon Jan 11, 12:26:00 pm


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