Friday, February 16, 2018

43?

My birthday is tomorrow.  
I'll be 43!  Glad to have made it this far and looking forward to at least 43 more!
Some nice folks have been asking me what I "want" for my birthday. 
Not an easy question, especially as I get older.
I have what I need - an awesome wife, and family.  Great friends who I love.  A roof over my head.  
So really I don't need anything!
I want YOU to be happy...

And I also have Elmwood Productions...
My creative outlet.  My passion.  I love puppetry and the films we make.
So I do want for something.  I want to do more -
So if you really feel like you need to spend money on me then I'll ask this - 
Help me and the Elmwood gang keep working!  Rent or buy a flick from our page HERE, or copy and paste this link - 
https://elmwood.vhx.tv/products 
- and share it on your social media!  Your support keeps Elmwood going.  And your support is a better gift than anything else I can think of!

No matter what I want to thank you!
Thanks for even thinking of me!
Means the world to me!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Leave?

Elmwood's working on a bunch of horror related projects at the moment.  Straight horror and comedic horror...
And it got me thinking about a film we never did, called "Leave".  
I wrote about it a bit back in 2015 when we were just about to release HEAD.  
And I remembered the blog we set up for it.  And it's still there!  All the content was deleted except for a little promo for HEAD that was posted in 2015 as well...
I have a DVD of auditions, and some art I did for it - costume designs and monsters, and that's about as far as it goes for anything in the Elmwood archives.  
Makes me wonder what if?  Ya know?
The flicks we went on to do are amazing.  Still though, I wonder what that flick would have been!  Would it have been any good?  Who knows!?
Maybe someday we'll just do it...  With puppets!  But I guess that's not entirely up to me, hahaha...

Anyway...  Back to writing...  
There's a vampire everyone's been waiting to see again!





Update! - 2/16/18@8:15AM - 
I found a DVD from 2008 with Chris and I driving around looking for locations for "Leave", hahaha...  Will try and post it soon!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Snow daze...

Are perfect days for the studio...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday...

Currently spinning...
"All the critics love you in New York..."

Super Bowl Sunday...  I do hope the Whalers win!  
Wait, what?  Oh, nevermind!

Maybe I'll kick back and watch "Night of The Living Dead" tonite.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Weekend! Time to watch some Elmwood stuff!!!

In case you missed it...  
Elmwood has two amazing web-series online now!
Check out ANIMAL BEHAVIOR and THE RISLEY BROTHERS this weekend!
I'll love ya for it, and you'll love them and laugh!
Check out all the Elmwood fun now!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Take Magazine Article!

To get a better look at this picture/article CLICK HERE -And the magazine is out now!

The Take Magazine's most recent and unfortunately last issue featured a nice little piece about Elmwood Productions and myself!
It's bittersweet because it's the last issue of a magazine I really enjoy...  These things happen though, and I'm glad Elmwood got to be a part of it.
And yup, it's another piece on us that says we're in West Hartford, lol...  We're not.  Even though we do have history there.  

As happy as I am with the piece I'm sad that Ricky and Mike aren't mentioned.  
They were there assisting on the day of the photo shoot, and one of them is holding up the Wes puppet behind me.  

Ricky Passmore and Mike Finland deserve HUGE shout outs.  
Without the two of them by my side Elmwood Productions would not be where it is now.  
Since the days they both came in the door they have both given me and Elmwood an huge shot of adrenaline and talent.  
And the past five years would not have been nearly as successful and awesome without them. 
"HEAD", "The Risley Brothers", and "Animal Behavior" are all killer because of them working with me.   
Elmwood Productions is so much more than just my thing.  So much more.
So many people work hard and laugh harder to make these flicks and projects.
Thank you all for being a part of it!

And in case you don't know what Ricky and Mike look like...
Mike

Ricky

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Demon Doggie!

Thundercats?

This little guy has been floating around for years.  
I think he's from Thundercats, but I'm not totally sure.  
I can remember him in my yard as a kid, playing with it.  I can remember my mom thinking he looked cool...
Every time I've moved he has managed to pop up in the bottom of a box, and for whatever reason I just end up putting him back there.  
This past week, he popped up again.  Gonna let him just chill for now, on my desk.  Maybe scare away writer's block!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Today's Sermon"

 Coffee's brewing, Prince is jamming...
Must be Sunday.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Risley Brothers!

Don't forget!
I see a puppeteer in this picture!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Random Memories of Puppetry

As a kid I was pretty obsessed with my puppets. 
Big surprise right?  Hahaha...
At some point I was "too cool" though and figured I should give them away.  
My mom thought otherwise.  And I'm glad she did.  
I still have most of the puppets from my childhood, specifically the Muppet ones.
I had more than just Muppet puppets, but only a couple made all the way to adulthood with me, while almost all the Muppet puppets did.
A few were so worn out they got tossed, and a couple did disappear.  
Last year Alex and Marie even gave me an old Fozzie Bear matching one that disappeared years ago...  Pretty good friends, huh?
I'm a lucky guy for sure...

Today, while poking around the internet I came across this picture...
And a couple memories came rushing back... 
I had that stage!  Hahaha!  Man, I gotta track that down somehow!
And that Big Bird, Ernie and Bert too...  They all disintegrated over the years.
But thanks to my mom, I still have that Cookie Monster!
And it reminded me of a Grover puppet my brother had.  
He loved that thing.  And it's one that is gone now.  I wish I knew what happened to it.
I'm definitely going to have to search that out someday.
I remember the stage well.  It was a birthday gift.  Cardboard is really all it was.  Meant to stand on a table.  The inside was white and I have pictures in my head of drawing ideas and puppets and things inside it.  And I can remember being in my room putting on shows for no one but maybe the dog, Cassie, and loving it.  
Funny how a picture can just make your mind run wild.

It was fun to have this come back to my mind today, a day that most of the Elmwood gang got together and went over our plans to the first half of the year.  We're going to be super busy, and it's exciting!  
Can't wait to get started filming!

And I'd be crazy not to mention...  The most Muppety thing we have done so far, "ANIMAL BEHAVIOR" is now online to watch!
Click HERE to see it!

Good Morning...

Today is a new day.  A new opportunity.  A new chance.
I plan to make it good.  Fun.  And full of smiles.

And coffee.  
 OK...  Back to work...  Got a ton of puppets to design, and build.  And a lot of writing to get done!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Nutmeg Chatter

In December of 2017 I was the guest on J. Timothy Quirks radio show 
We went over all things Elmwood!  Had a blast on the show, and hope to do it again!  Give it a listen HERE!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Urban Art Flow


Late in 2017 Ricky and I were guests on the awesome podcast Urban Art Flow!
We had too much fun on this one!  Feel free to give it a listen HERE!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year... NEW SHOW! Animal Behavior!

is now on Elmwood's Vimeo/VHX page!
Be the first to check it out!

I could not be happier with how it came out!
Thank you to everyone who worked on it!
This is the kind of thing I started Elmwood out to make!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WHOLE SHOW!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Animal Behavior! 1/1/2018!

CLICK HERE, and save this site!  On 1/1/2018 Elmwood Productions will premiere 
FINALLY!!!  Yaaaaaaayyyyy!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I Believe In Santa


Christmas Eve at The Wooden Beaver!


Last Christmas Wes and Quig got stuck at their bar, The Wooden Beaver...

And when you're done, feel free to check out all of 
"The Risley Brothers" adventures on Vimeo/VHX HERE!

Have Yourself a SCARY Little Christmas!


Today's Mug - Merry Christmas

I only use this one once, maybe twice a year.
It was my grandfather, John Risley's mug.
When I was a kid I used to love looking at this at his house at Christmas, it's one of those things that makes me smile and brings me back to those good times as a kid...
And good times are what we need now.  
So I'm sitting on my couch with a great cup of coffee...  
And John Denver and the Muppets are singing...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sweet dreams, Ripper


At the Humane Society they had named you Al.
You were definitely an Al. 

But I know you preferred to be called Ripper.

Thanks for being my best bud all these years, Rip!  I'll miss you buddy.
  
 
And thank you Brie, for being the best mommy a cat could have!

"Clicks, clacks, riding the backs of giraffes for laughs. S'alright for a while..."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thank you Pam!

2nd year in a row...
Thanks Pam!!!

Prince cookies rock!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017