Tuesday, March 21, 2017

World Puppetry Day!


To say I love the art of puppetry is an understatement. 
It is my life.  My passion.  And at times, an obsession.
And not just the type of puppetry I do.  I love all kinds, and try my best to learn as much as I can about each one, see shows, films, etc. whenever I can.

It is an art form that has enriched my life. 
So how does one "celebrate" world puppetry day?
As a puppeteer and puppet maker I will definitely spend some time today working on my art.
And as a fan of puppets I will watch something...  New?  old?  I don't know yet.  

What can you do?  Seek out a local puppeteer and see if any shows are happening, go online and rent/download a film featuring puppets...  Hug a puppeteer and thank them for keeping this ancient art alive in these times...  Check out your local puppetry guild, and Puppeteers of America!
And I be a fool not to mention my own work here!  Want to help this puppeteer?  Check out the films I have worked on at VHX and at YouTube! 


And on a total other note...
Eleven years ago today Prince released one of his BEST albums, 3121.
I can't believe it was that long ago.  Right now the album is out of print, but easily found used online.  I heard it's getting re-released soon though!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Risley Brothers are coming!



Elmwood Productions is proud to invite you to The Hartford Flavor Company on April 27th for the very first screening of out newest web series!
From the people that brought you "Steve the Vampire" and the award winning "HEAD" - 
"The Risley Brothers" is a comedic story of Wes and Quig, who have just re-opened their father's defunct bar. They are doing their best to keep the place respectable in spite of the local looneys, crazy ex-girlfriends, a visit from the Devil, and even their own bad habits!  

Hartford Flavor Company is the parent company of Wild Moon, a line of unique, flavored liqueurs made of all natural ingredients. Visit our production facility & Tasting Room as part of the nite! A Silver medal winner at the 2015 & 2016 NY World Wine & Spirits Competition. Wild Moon Liqueurs Birch flavor recognized by an international publication as CT's most unique spirit.

Joining us at the screening will be Robert Fullerton for a performance of his music before the movie begins! Robert provided the theme song for the show; "Hard To Be Strong", and several of his tunes are featured throughout the series! - https://www.facebook.com/rcfmusic/?pnref=lhc

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive humor, and a few colorful words.

$5.00 admission to the screening. Doors Open at 6:00 PM, the pre-show with Robert Fullerton is at 7:00, and the film begins at 7:30.  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Wooden Beaver's Beaver!

 
The Beaver from The Wooden Beaver
Mouth Puppet 
from the series "The Risley Brothers"
 And here he is with the man who brings him to life; Rick Corbo!
Making small talk with Schmutsy!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Shadow Nation!

Last nite I was lucky enough to be the guest on the podcast "SHADOW NATION" and I had a blast.
The hosts, Nathan and Shaun, are great guys and were a blast to chat with...
In case you missed it and want to check it out by clicking HERE!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tricky Rock

 Tricky Rock
Mouth Puppet from "The Risley Brothers
Tricky is based on the puppeteers who performs him in the show - Pete Lucco!
THE RISLEY BROTHERS IS SET TO PREMIERE 4/27 AT THE HARTFORD FLAVOR COMPANY!
CLICK HERE FOR ALL THRE INFO!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heather - Post Nose Job


HEATHER
Mouth Puppet from "The Risley Brothers

The picture above is of the newer "Heather".  She got a little facelift (and more) as the series goes on.  

One of my favorite parts of revisiting the characters from the short film and turning it into a series was being able to mix it up, make a new Wes, and update Heather, and add some new dynamics as far as performers were concerned.  
I think the show of "The Risley Brothers" is wicked cool, and hope that as you see it you'll love it as much as I do!

Below is a look at Heather's nose job in progress!







Friday, February 24, 2017

Oldies!

Found an old email with some pics in it from Tricky last nite...
From the last nites of official shooting on the last episode of

Wow!
That was five years ago!




Monday, February 20, 2017

Make New Friends Today!

Are you friends with

Well, if not, what are you waiting for?

Friday, February 17, 2017

42?

Ignore the look on my face...  I'm  a happy guy.


Back from my little break from the world online...
It was a good break and I'm fully ready to keep the art happening!

A few weeks ago another great review of HEAD hit the internet, you can read it HERE on LA Horror! 
It was one of those reviews that totally gets what we're doing over at Elmwood Productions.  Here's a quote that very much sums up what I mean:
" I honestly feel that this isn’t so much a puppet movie, but rather a horror movie that just happens to star puppets, some major props go to these puppeteers executing this vision."
We aren't just making puppet movies.  Were making movies. 
It doesn't matter the genre, we just want to tell good stories, and make good films.  We just want them to star puppets.  And why not?  Drama, action, comedy, horror, romance...  We're going to do it all.  And I love it!
There was also an awesome review on Horror Geek Life!

Wanna get me a birthday gift?
Well, I don't really need anything, but if you insist -
Head over to Elmwood's VHX page and buy yourself a Elmwood flick!
Or over to I Bleed Indie and rent/buy Elmwood's HEAD!
And the best part about that gift is you get to keep it!

So now...  Back to work!  We have a lot coming up!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Shut Up Already. Damn!"


I think I'm gonna take a little break for the world of social media, and the internet in general.  
Time to re-charge the creative batteries and really get ready for one Hell of an awesome 2017.  How do I know it will be awesome?
Because I intend to make it awesome.  Hahaha!

Yesterday I picked up the vinyl LP re-release of Prince's "Sign 'O' The Times"
This is probably my all time favorite album.  I've owned it on cassette first, and then of course CD.  And now the vinyl record.


This is one of those "It changed my life" albums. 
And it keeps re-inventing itself as the years go on. 
And here I am now, on the tail end of this warm winter morning listening to it. 
This came out 30 years ago.
30.
Let that sink in. 

If you know the album, and it's contents, you'll know it's one of a few albums for the 1980's that still stands up and is barely (if at all) dated.  In fact, I can name only two others; U2's "The Joshua Tree", and
Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction"

Anyway, as soon as the first song started as it hit the needle I took pause.  These lyrics, the closest thing Prince ever really did to a protest song, are just as strong and maybe even more important today than they were in 1987.

So as I get up to flip from record one to record two I'll leave you with this, and...  "May U Live 2 See The Dawn"

In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name.
By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same.
At home there are seventeen-year-old boys and their idea of fun
Is being in a gang called 'The Disciples',
High on crack and totin' a machine gun...


Hurricane Annie ripped the ceiling of a church and killed everyone inside.
You turn on the telly and every other story is tellin' you somebody died,
A sister killed her baby 'cause she couldn't afford to feed it
And yet we're sending people to the moon?
In September, my cousin tried reefer for the very first time.
Now he's doing horse - it's June, unh.

It's silly, no?
When a rocket ship explodes and everybody still wants to fly?
But some say a man ain't happy unless a man truly dies.
Oh why?

Baby make a speech, Star Wars fly,
Neighbors just shine it on.
But if a night falls and a bomb falls
Will anybody see the dawn?


Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bowie - 70

HEAD - The Horror Flick That Wouldn't Die...


We just got another great review of HEAD over on The Movie Sleuth, and they loved it!

The movie got picked up at the end of 2016 for distribution on I Bleed Indie!

To call HEAD the horror flick that wouldn't die is a fair statement! 

So with that in mind I want to use this post to say thank you to all the people who worked on the flick...
Seriously...  Here's a list...

Rick Passmore
Gabe Finkenstein
Mike Finland
Manda Vasas
Nick Foreman
Russ Werlebird
Keith Paul
Jackie Etling
Jason Finberg
Sally Arlette-Garcia
Ben Farley
Brian Woodman
Jim Williams
Theresa Murphy
Steph Neagle
J.R. Calvo
Graveyard Gil
and all the Kickstarter Backers, Russ' Dad, WRF Designs, and Sean Michanczyk!

I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, once I remember I'll edit this post, hahaha..

And thank you to all the film fests, and locations that hosted screenings, to all the critics with the fun reviews, and to the crews at I Bleed Indie and VHX.

So if you haven't seen the flick yet please check it out!  All the people above worked hard on it! 
And now I'm off to finish my coffee and get work going on the next project!




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It all starts with pen and paper

Tuesday... Coffee pot now empty...
Getting the doodling started.
A very good day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's A Wrap...

See ya in 2017... 
For now, I'm going to spend my day pretending it's 1999.





































Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Morning Music and a Little Buddy...

Coffee is on, and the turntable is spinning...
The rare Live Era 4 LP set! 
And I have a guest joining me for coffee...  Lil' Axl!
Thanks to Rick for the cute Christmas gift!

Gonna be a good day

Check out iHorror!!!


I got interview by Brian Linsky of iHorror just before Christmas, and we discussed Elmwood's flick HEAD... 
Check out the interview and article HERE! 

And don't forget to rent or purchase HEAD on I Bleed Indie!




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Animal Behavior: The Santa Trap!

Merry Christmas!

Let's all be good to each other.

Hope your 2017 is amazing... 
See ya then...

Sing it guys...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Another Lonely Christmas


Christmas Cookie of the Year!
Thank you Pam and Kendra!

Here's the only known Christmas song written by Prince...
I'm sure it'll get pulled from YouTube quick, so give it a listen while you can.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HEAD is now on I Bleed Indie! Check it out!


So HEAD is online on I Bleed Indie!

We all worked hard on this flick at Elmwood, and this feels like a perfect spot for the film to land after almost two years of film fests and screenings all over the world.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this flick along the way!
Don't forget to "Like" HEAD on Facebook
And Also keep up with the film on it's Blog!

Well, get over to I Bleed Indie now and get HEAD!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Horror Metal Sounds Interview!


A few weeks ago I got interviewed by PJ Griffith at Horror Metal Sounds for my work on the flick HEAD!

Check out the interview HERE!

And if you haven't seen the flick yet, what are you waiting for?

Magic Hat Wisdom


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turkey Day!

The biggest, coolest kid I know made this for me...
Thanks Rick!  Hahaha!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Looking forward to a great 2017.....

Tricky and I puppeteering Tricky and I - this past Wednesday nite...

Another great nite in my life in the books....
Elmwood had a little get together for the wrapping up of our new series "The Risley Brothers".
It was great to see all the new cats and some "old school" Elmwood-ers show up.  Makes me want to do an Elmwood Family Reunion at some point, just so I can see everyone again...  Hahaha...

Looking forward to the post production on the show and then getting it out there for all to see....
And even more so can't wait to start our next project!

2016 has been weird and awesome.  Looking very forward to 2017!


Sweet dreams....





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wow... A wrap on "The Risley Brothers"!

So Kermit needs to know...
If is too early to decorate for Christmas?

We wrapped shooting on the "Risley Brothers" series last nite... 
Both a great feeling and a little sad, but if people like it we'll do a second series!
We're hoping to have it out there and premiered in February, and I can't wait for people to see it!
Here's some behind the scenes pictures from last nite!