14 posts tagged Puppets
14 posts tagged Puppets
Watch out arachnophobes, Tim Davies created this awesome air-filled spider puppet and it looks feisty!
Spider is a current research and development project which began in August ‘10. The 5m high inflatable spider is a fully articulated puppet controlled by a single puppeteer. The spider’s 8 legs each have 4 separate articulations allowing the spider to curl into a ball, walk, leap and attack with a similar leg speed to a real spider.
[via Super Punch]
It’s easy to watch this beautiful music video and assume that some or all of it was created digitally, but it’s 100% shadow puppetry. The song is “I’ll Forget You" by Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior (performed with Sia). The video was designed and produced by Stephen Mushin and ‘Stories from the Ground’ puppetry and directed by Natasha Pincus. Using paper, wire, and found natural objects, the marvelous shadow puppet performance was captured in a singly dolly shot along a 72-foot-long set.
[via Pia Jane Bijkerk]
"Laugh it up, fuzzball!"
A day devoted to puppets is a great excuse to revisit this incredibly hairy Chewbacca hand puppet from the late 1970s. Half the fun of playing with him would be trying to recreate Chewie’s awesome roars and growls.
Image scanned from Star Wars: 1000 Collectibles :: Abrams Books :: 2008
This awesome music video, entitled “Piece of Me, Piece of You“, is perhaps best summed up as a dancing zombie puppet outbreak. Set to the song “Fancy Footwork” by Chromeo, the video was created by Three Legged Legs for Zune, using puppets created by Adam Parker Smith and Caroline Salas.
Click here for a wealth of concept art, production photos, and process descriptions.
[via Super Punch]
Because we could all stand to lose a little more sleep, here’s another batch of portraits of the haunting faces of aging ventriloquist dummies from the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Shot by photographer Matthew Rolston (previously featured here), these impressively unsettling photos are from the book Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits.
The Vent Haven Museum has over 700 ventriloquist dummies on display. Think about that for a moment - 700 faces like the 10 pictured here. Yep, it makes us shudder too. And also want to purchase a plane ticket to go see them all in person.
Visit Dailymail.co.uk for even more ventriloquist dummy nightmare fuel.
American artist and puppeteer Bryan Van Horn created this awesome Puppet Cthulhu marionette. The satin-strung Great Old One was carved from basswood and poplar. His head and torso are hollow and the head contains a battery for red LED eyes. The wings are made of pigskin and strung for menacing flapping motion. The tentacles were strung using monofilament attached to a mobile-like apparatus, which means that they whip around randomly in response to movement made by the rest of the puppet. He also glows in the dark.
Puppet Cthulhu is Bryan’s first completed creation for a larger project currently called “Professor C’thulhu’s Old Tyme Theatre.”
"Think slightly twisted Victorian Marionette Theater. A little music from the netherworld, some dancing, some comedy, some tragedy. Lots and lots of tragedy."
We think that sounds pretty freaking awesome and we’ll be keeping an eye on Bryan Van Horn’s DeviantArt page for further developments.
It’s Puppet Perfection Day on Geyser of Awesome!
This awesome mechanical wooden cephalopod was created back in 2007 by phenomenal French street theatre company Royal de Luxe. Called “Le Calmar Geant a Retropropulsion” (“The Giant Squid with Reverse Thrust”), the gorgeous squid was just one of an assortment of incredible creatures created for a project entitled Les Machines de l’le de Nantes.
Words cannot express how much we’d like to ride this squid.
(Photos by Claude Joannis)
Amit Drori and Tel Aviv-based designer Noam Dover created an awesome menagerie of robotic animal sculptures, which are powered by servo motors and remote-controlled by puppeteers, for theatrical production entitled Savanna, A Possible Landscape, which premiered in 2011.
Photos by Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum