Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Song - We Close Our Eyes


We close our eyes and dream and the world has turned around again

When everybody is running in the big race
And having a good time
Who am I to cast a shadow
Who am I?
I looked Death in the face last night
I saw him in a mirror
And he simply smiled
He told me not to worry
He told me just to take my time

We close our eyes and the world has turned around again
We close our eyes and dream and another year has come and gone
We close our eyes and the world has turned around again
We close our eyes and dream ...

And if you come to me
And if you touch my hand
I might just slip away
I might just disappear
Who am I?
And if you think I'm worth it
And if you think it's not too late
We might start falling
If we don't try to hard
We might start falling in love

We close our eyes and the world has turned around again
We close our eyes and dream and another year has come and gone
We close our eyes and the world has turned around again
We close our eyes and dream ...

We're on the healing path
We're on a roller coaster ride
That could never turn back
And if you love me
And if you really try
To make the seconds count
Then we can close our eyes

We close our eyes and the world has turned around again


Oingo Boingo




So it's the end of the year... What a year too...

I'm looking forward to 2011. 2010 was good, made some great new friends, and sadly lost a few people I love and care about... But that's with any year...

The good...
Made a ton of flicks!
Finished Josh and Todd!
Joined Paris In Plantsville!
And Brie got her Masters!!!

The Bad...
Not even gonna worry about it!

2011... Puppet A Day... Still gonna be going! Elmwood is still going to be kicking butt! And I just keep getting better looking! Hahaha!!!
Happy New Year...  Early!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Santa
The Collection

Whatever holiday you celebrate art the cold end of each year, I hope it was, is, or will be a great one!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa Claus Presents Punch and Judy (1948)

From now through Christmas Eve I'm gonna share a puppety Christmas video thing...
Up first...  A Punch and Judy Show!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Creative Types - Matt Ficaro

Mad Matt Ficaro...

Matt's been a painter, a sculpter, mechanic, and an Elmwood Puppet...
And this is his site:
ficarodesign.com
Matt's a good friend, and one of the funniest guys you'll meet, ever.
He graduated from the University of Hartford Art School, as a sculpture major and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts.
Right now he's doing murals, and other fun stuff...
And if you ever get the chance as him to show you his "Kid" sculpures... Distubing and fun stuff!
So click the picture above to check out his site! And if you hire him tell him I sent ya!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Song - Wish You Were Here

This one's for my brother...

I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like
A thousand diamonds
Strewn across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment
I am happy, happy
I wish you were here

I lay my head onto the sand
The sky resembles
A backlit canopy
With holes punched in it
I'm counting UFOs
I signal them with
My lighter
And in this moment
I am happy, happy

I wish you were here

The world's a rollercoaster
And I am not strapped in
Maybe I should hold with care
While my hands are
Busy in the air
Saying

I wish you were here
Incubus

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Song - Days Of The Week

Monday, back from the dead
I'm letting it go, back for another one
Tuesday, shoot me in the head
I'm takin' it back, takin' it back
It'll take it back

Wednesday, she's looking for a friend
She'll get what she wants
Can't seem to get enough
Thursday, it's more than I can stand
I'm holding her down, holding her down
She's down again

I've gotta find a way to find her
Where could she be?
Four days of the week she thinks I'm the enemy

One day, left me for the dead
Woke up on the floor, time for another one
Two days, she's leavin' me again, can't take it no more
Out through the open door

Three days, she's found herself a friend
She got what she wants
Still never get enough
Four days, she's back with me again
She's pullin' me down, pullin' me down
I'm down again

I've got to find a way to find her
Where she could be?
Four days of the week she thinks I'm the enemy

Monday's gone
Tuesday's fadin'
Wednesday's gone
Thursday's all but wasted now

Monday, back from the dead
I'm letting it go back for another one
Tuesday, shoot me in the head
I'm taking it back, taking it back
I'll take it back

I gotta find a way to find her
Where could she be?
Four days of the week she thinks I'm the enemy
thinks I'm the enemy
Stone Temple Pilots

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh what fun it is...

Making puppets for Christmas gifts...  Loving it...

Or if you want one...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Song - I Like It There

Anyone can tell I love ya
Anyone can tell I care
Twice an hour I'm thinkin' of ya
Around your waist I wanna be there

On your heavenly body I swear
I like it there

Anyone can see what's come over me
Don't u know it's 'cause of u
I'm in a daze but that's the way it's gotta be
Let me count the ways I'm diggin' u
Diggin' u, baby
I'm diggin' u, baby
I hope u're diggin' me too

Baby,
I like it there
On your heavenly body I swear
I like it there

Can I count the ways that I'm diggin' u
I hope u're diggin' me too

Every damn day I please u
What can I say Shakespeare hasn't said before?
Like an embryo baby
Don't abort this dire need 4 u
All my emotional ejaculate on the floor
And what's more, what's more
Your heavenly body, baby
I swear, I swear
I like it there

Don't think I don't when I do, girl
U know how much I love ya
More than I love my hair

I like it there
On your heavenly body I swear
Prince

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bumbles - The Collection

Bumbles
Finger Puppet

I wish Starbucks would start doing the finger puppets again!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Working... And Stuff...

Some puppets in progress currently in the studio....


I was thinking about this this morning, and felt the need to share.
It's goofy, but fun (at least to me)

I'm not a close minded person, and am always open to new things, but with that stated there are a few things I just have no interest in, or have tried and didn't dig it, so won't do it again. Most of it is Pop Culture related...
I made a list:

TEN THINGS I'M NOT GONNA BOTHER WITH
1. McRib. I'm not getting on that train, ever. Don't tell me how great it is then 5 minutes later complain about your health.
2. Harry Potter. I tried the first book, and I got bored. I tried one of the movies, it was OK, but I don't need to see the rest.
3. Reality Television. Why would I watch these "real" yet staged events, when I can just turn off the TV get off the couch and live in reality?
4. Twilight. I'm not even going to explain it.
5. Drugs. I don't have the time to waste.
6. Sequels. I love movies, and movies that are series also. Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Mad Max, X-Men, I've seen them all... BUT if I didn't like part one do I need to see part two? No. Or if I did like part one, then go see part two and it's a stinker, I'm not going to see part three (i.e. The Matrix) no matter how many people tell me part three was better.
7. Ipad and Iphone and Blackberry, etc... I have a cell, I have a computer, I have a Ipod. Do I really need to be that connected? Nope. I love being online, I love watching videos, and so on. But I also love human contact. Sometimes ya just gotta unplug, turn off the gadgets and hang out with real live human beings.
8. The Smurfs Movie. Or for that matter any movie that takes an old cartoon/comic strip, etc and does it in computer animation or live action, or worse: a combination. Chipmunks? Dear lord, why? Yogi Bear? No, ain't seeing it. Smurfs? No thank you. If a Ren and Stimpy one ever gets made I'll buy a gun.
9. Twitter. I love the net. I have a blog, so I love sharing. But Twitter? I'm not that full of myself...
10. Cable TV. Haven't had it since 2003. Why? 400 channels and you're still watching the same movies you own on DVD, but with commercials? Or re-runs of Friends? Or the previously mentioned reality shows? Nah... I'll save my 50.00 or whatever a month and stick to Netflix!

So, now with that done... Next posting will be puppets!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Well, it's Thanksgiving... Which means The Holidays have started!
Here's some Muppets to get ya in the mood!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Song - Change

Don't you ever wonder why, nothing ever seems to change
If it does it's for the worse, seems it's just a modern curse
Sometimes when I take a peek outside of my little cage,
Everyone looks so asleep, will they die before they wake

And, hey. . . Don't you know? We're just products of our time and Hey . . .
What d'ya say? Show me yours, I'll show you mine

Better dumb and happy than smart and without any friends
Better cute and better loud, better join up with the crowd
Keep up or be left behind, there's a dust storm in my mind
Seems I can't see straight these days, doesn't matter anyway
Hey . . . Don't you know? We're just products of our times and
Hey, what d'ya say? Show me yours, I'll show you mine

Hey, what d'ya say? Hey, what d'ya say? Please don't ever -
Oh God, here's that question now. The one that makes me go insane
I'd gladly tear my heart out if you never, never, never, never change

Do you want to change? Do you want to change right now?
Do you want to change . . . I like my stupid life, just the way it is
And I wouldn't even change it for a thousand flying pigs

And I like you just the way you are, I like your face just the way it is
And I wouldn't even change it for a herd of screaming kids
And I like you just the way you are, I like you though you may not like me back
I would dazzle you with brilliance, if I only had the knack

'Cause I like you just the way you are, I like this life just the way it is
And the castles all around me, have been melting now for years
And it kills my brain to think of all the time I wasted here
All the efforts, sweat, and broken hearts, the screaming and the tears

And I'm dreaming again . . . Floating in a pool of mud
Try to get back where I was and I don't really care

Got a little talking to, by the mirror in my room, and I don't really care . . .
Whispering voices from the dead, come from underneath my bed
And I don't really care . . .

I like my stupid life just the way it is
And the chaos that surrounds me like a flock of screaming pigs
And it hurts my brain to think of all the stupid things I've said
And if I could change the future I would change the past instead
And I'm dreaming again . . . and I'm dreaming again . . .

Baby - sometimes I worry about you
Sometimes you're so far away, tell me what to do
I say, Baby . . . sometimes I worry about you
Sometimes I just can't believe everything you do
I say, Baby . . . sometimes I worry about you
Every day I feel the same, don't you feel it too
I say, Baby . . . sometimes I worry about me
Seems I'm falling down a lot, in between the scenes
I say, Baby . . . sometimes I worry about me
Getting harder all the time, harder now to see
I say, Baby . . . sometimes I worry about me
Light another cigarette, have another dream

It's the same thing every day, nothing ever seems to change and I . . .

Do you really want to change?
Testaments and growing pains. Tranquilizers for the soul.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained - evolution's cruelest joke
Why is everyone upset? I once knew but I forget. Something happened,
Something strange, something it appears has changed

Hey . . . Don't you know? We're just products of our times
And hey, what d'ya say? Show me yours, I'll show you mine

Hey, what d'ya say? Hey, what d'ya say? Please don't ever -
Oh God, here's that question now, the one that makes me go insane
I'd gladly tear my heart out if you never, never, never, never change
Boingo

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Song - This I Love

And now I don't know why
She wouldn't say goodbye
But then it seems that I
Had seen it in her eyes

And it might not be wise
I'd still have to try
With all the love
I have inside
I can't deny

I just can't let it die
Cause her heart's just like mine
And she holds her pain inside

So if you ask me why
She wouldn't say goodbye
I know somewhere inside

There is a special light
Still shining bright
And even on the darkest night
She can't deny

So if she's somewhere near me
I hope to God she hears me
There's no one else
Could ever make me feel
I'm so alive
I hoped she'd never leave me
Please God you must believe me
I've searched the universe
And found myself
Within' her eyes

No matter how I try
They say it's all a lie
So what's the use of my confessions to a crime
Of passions that won't die
In my heart

So if she's somewhere near me
I hope to God she hears me
There's no one else
Could ever make me feel
I'm so alive

I hoped she'd never leave me
Please God you must believe me
I've searched the universe
And found myself
Within' her eyes

So if she's somewhere near me
I hope to God she hears me
There's no one else
Could ever make me feel
I'm so alive

I hoped she'd never leave me
Please God you must believe me
I've searched the universe
And found myself
Within' her eyes

So now I don't know why
She wouldn't say goodbye
It just might be that I
Had seen it in her eyes
And now it seems that I
Gave up my ghost of pride
I'll never say goodbye

Guns N' Roses

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Not even remotely puppet related...

But still art related... And still part of my adventures in puppetryFITZY - THE MUSCLE

My homeboy Steve Rand is working on a graphic novel called "Frog Hollow" and he's making all the characters based on people he knows...
I'm flattered and honored to be part of it!
He'll be getting a "Creative Types" posting here soon too... But he just shot this to me and I love it!

I know the puppets have been lagging on Puppet A Day lately, but I'm working on a ton of new ones for a new series, and a few commission pieces... Keep coming back!
hey, it's my blog, I an do whatever I want on it! Hahaha!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creative Types - Simon Sinister

What can I say about Simon Sinister....
THEY ROCK AND WILL KICK YOU IN THE BALLS!
Sadly they haven't wisened up and set up an official website, so keep up with them you'll have to hit up Facebook and MySpace... And you can hear their music in a ton of Elmwood flicks...

Shane and Kyle
Elmwood also did a music video for them, check it out!



More "Creative Types"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Song - Hammer And A Stone

I'm digging through the darkness
Cause I'm a long wall miner
Following the road down
Just so I can sit beside her
I'm a page torn from your novel
Beneath a magnet on your fridge
I'm a star stuck on your ceiling
So I can watch you while you're sleeping

Do you remember me
Do you remember me because
I wanted you so bad
Do you remember me
Do you remember me because
Everything we had

Was like a hammer to a stone
Wrapped like a fender around a tree
The curiosity in you
And all the emptiness in me

Digging through the vices
I don't know where the inside is
Well here's my dirty little secret
And I bet you, you can't keep it
I'm a page torn from your novel
A single flower in your lawn
If I'm not everything you wished for
How come you miss me when I'm gone?

Do you remember me
Do you remember me because
I wanted you so bad
Do you remember me
Do you remember me because
Everything we had

Was like a hammer to a stone
Wrapped like a fender around a tree
The curiosity in you
And all the emptiness in me
They say a diamond only whispers
To us when we are alone
It's just forever's little trick
To help a hammer find a stone
Help a hammer find a stone
Seven Mary Three

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Song - Non-Dairy Creamer

They call it KFC, cause its not really chicken
Hot cheetos for breakfast make a young student sick
And did you ever think someone's tricking you?
And the guy in the pulpit is a bigot and alas
Some kid walks into my school and opens fire
Heard any good jokes lately?
Cause we sure do need 'em
My punk band's called operation Iraqi freedom

So what's it gonna be?
Are you real to me?
Or are you non-dairy creamer?

A new love is burning up for me
Cause one in four American girls has an STD
And you can buy yourself some implants
But you can't buy a soul that never launched
With your chest popped out
What are you so afraid about?
With your chest popped out
What are you so afraid about?
What are you so afraid of?

So what's it gonna be?
Are you real to me?
Or are you non-dairy creamer?

And two gay guys got married
That brought the family to its knees
How did they blow this to smithereens?
Just a couple of queens
How did they do it I'll tell you now
They brought marriage to an end
And I found myself some culprits
It's two young gay republicans
Young gay republicans!!!

What's it gonna be?
Are you real to me?
Or are you non-dairy creamer?
So what's it gonna be?
Are you real to me?
Or are you non-dairy creamer?

Mission accomplished
Third Eye Blind

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Real Vampires...



Happy Halloween!

Monday Song - Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

Roland was a warrior from the Land of the Midnight Sun
With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray

Through sixty-six and seven they fought the Congo war
With their fingers on their triggers, knee-deep in gore
For days and nights they battled the Bantu to their knees
They killed to earn their living and to help out the Congolese

Roland the Thompson gunner...

His comrades fought beside him - Van Owen and the rest
But of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best
So the CIA decided they wanted Roland dead
That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen blew off Roland's head

Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Norway's bravest son
Time, time, time
For another peaceful war
But time stands still for Roland
'Til he evens up the score
They can still see his headless body stalking through the night
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun

Roland searched the continent for the man who'd done him in
He found him in Mombassa in a barroom drinking gin
Roland aimed his Thompson gun - he didn't say a word
But he blew Van Owen's body from there to Johannesburg

Roland the headless Thompson gunner...
The eternal Thompson gunner
still wandering through the night
Now it's ten years later but he still keeps up the fight
In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley
Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it
Warren Zevon

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I'm still here!


Hey there...
More puppets and puppety madness on it's way...
Been working hard, can't wait to show off!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Song - Life On Mars?

It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on Amerika's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?
David Bowie

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Song - Slow Cheetah

Waking up dead, inside of my head
Would never, never do, there is no med
No medicine to take
I’ve had a chance to be insane
Asylum from the falling rain
I’ve had a chance to break

It’s so bad, it’s got to be good
Mysterious girl misunderstood
Dressed like a wedding cake
Any other day and I might play
A funeral march for Bonnie Bray
Why try and run away?

Slow cheetah come before my forest,
Look like it's on today
Slow cheetah come, it's so euphoric,
No matter what they say

I know a girl, she worked in a store
She knew not what her life was for
She barely knew her name
They tried to tell her she would never be
As happy as a girl in a magazine
She bought it with her pay

Everyone has so much to say
They talk, talk, talk their lives away
Don’t even hesitate
Walking on down to the burial ground
It’s a very old dance with a merry old sound
Looks like its on today

Slow cheetah come before my forest,
Look like it's on today
Slow cheetah come, it's so euphoric,
No matter what they say
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Creative Types - Joshua Blumental

Joshy B!
Another cat I met this year. And another cat who does great stuff...
Mosaics are his thing, and the piece above called "I'm Gonna Find Another You" is my favorite I've seen so far.

Over on his blog there are a ton more, and some insight on what goes on in his head, it's a little scary (kidding)... Josh and I also have plans for arson... More on that another day.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday Song - Don't Let Us Get Sick

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

The sky was on fire
When I walked to the mill
To take up the slack in the line
I thought of my friends
And the troubles they've had
To keep me from thinking of mine

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

The moon has a face
And it smiles on the lake
And causes the ripples in Time
I'm lucky to be here
With someone I like
Who maketh my spirit to shine

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight
Warren Zevon

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

3 AMish...



The best part about having a blog?
It's mine. I make the rules. I can post whatever I want on it, and do whatever I want with it...

Just woke up, I was asleep, on the couch, sketchbook Brie gave me next to me, Chinese Democracy in the CD player... And I woke up out of nowhere. And it hit me.
9/28/10 is 17 years since my brother died.
Some people will use an day like this to mope and throw themselves a pity party. But not me.
Each year it's a day to celebrate.
Celebrate the life I have and be happy to be surrounded by the ones I love. Surrounded by my girlfriend, my family, her family, my cats, the Elmwood crew, my new Paris crew, all my friends, and so on...
I thank all of you and love you... If your reading this that means in some way I know you. As a friend, professionally, and further. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life, I am glad you are part of mine.

I ask you to do the same today.
I ask you to celebrate life. Give a stranger a hug, or call your mom, do something to remind yourself that it's good to be alive.

It's what Micheal would do.

(The pic is stolen from a friends Facebook page... Thanks!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Song - Could've Gone Mad

I'm so glad that you decided to come
Go ahead make yourself comfortable darlin'
I've got a proposition for you
There's a room available inside of my heart
And I hope it will be taken by you

You can bring whatever you wanna bring baby
Each and EVERY ONE of your friends
And if you want a dog or a big bullfrog
Hell, I've got room for them

'CAUSE I'm so glad you FINALLY decided to come

Another day and I could've gone mad
Another day and it might've gotten bad
Another day and I might have betrayed
Every scruple I have

You cause in me an impossible craving
NO WAY THAT IT WILL be denied
If I decided to make you my religion
I think God would be kind

So I made a wish on a million of THE stars
Registered your name on a few
That way if you forget who you are
You can look up and see a picture of you

I'm so glad you FINALLY decided to come

Another day and I could've gone mad
Another day and it might've gotten bad
Another day and I might have betrayed
Every scruple I have I'm so glad you decided to come

Another day and I could've gone mad
Another day and it might've gotten bad
Another day and I might have betrayed
Every scruple I...

...have to keep ahold of myself
Is that really you or is it someone else
I swear, it looks just like him
I wonder can he see what a state I'm in
Like a broken bridge
GOT TO swing on him
JUST LIKE a jungle gym

Another day and I could've gone mad
Another day and it might've gotten bad
Another day and I might have betrayed
Every scruple I have

Another day and I could've gone mad
Another day and it might've gotten bad
Another day and I might have betrayed
Every scruple I have

I'M SO GLAD, SO GLAD, SO GLAD

DON'T YOU SEE THAT YOU'RE DRIVIN' ME CRAZY?
DON'T GO LEAVIN' ME NOW...UH
DON'T YOU SEE THAT YOU'RE DRIVIN' ME CRAZY?
DON'T GO LEAVIN' ME NOW

Poe

Friday, September 24, 2010

Josh and Todd Want Your Music!

This is me in Books And Music in Plainville, CT... One of the locations of the film
"Josh and Todd: The Story of A Man and His Puppet"

Want your music in an Elmwood Movie?
And if you're looking for something to do this weekend stop in to Paris In Plantsville and see some puppets, art, and me! I'll be there Saturday!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creative Types - J.R. Calvo

J.R. Calvo.
My homie.
He's been a big help to Elmwood, by puppeteering, acting, and just helping out in keeping me sane. He's Rowlf to my Kermit...
And he is a writer. A very damn good one too. And he likes good beer. Therfore he's a good man.
Below are his links...


Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Song - Wasted Years

From the coast of gold, across the seven seas,
I'm traveling on, far and wide,
But now it seems, I'm just a stranger to myself,
And all the things I sometimes do, it isn't me but someone else.

I close my eyes, and think of home,
Another city goes by, in the night,
Ain't it funny how it is, you never miss it til it's gone away,
And my heart is lying there and will be til my dying day.

So understand
Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
Face up...make your stand,
And realize you're living in the golden years.

Too much time on my hands, I got you on my mind,
Can't ease this pain, so easily,
When you can't find the words to say, it's hard to make it through another day,
And it makes me wanna cry, and throw my hands up to the sky.

So understand
Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
Face up...make your stand,
And realize you're living in the golden years.
Iron Maiden

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sesame Street: A Celebration


A short review of the book "Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life On The Street" by Louise Gikow


Published in 2009 to help celebrate and promote Sesame Street's 40 years of broadcasting this book is the one for the fans, and families as opposed to Michael Davis' book from 2009 "Street Gang".

Full of color and life this is a sight, and a lot of fun to read. It covers all the classic ground, how the show started, who were the people behind (and under it), what the intended audience was to be and so on, with ease and fun.

Some of the best parts of the book were covering the puppeteers themselves, and explaining the changes to cast over the years. Also a great, but too brief, section is on the merchandising of the show.

I would recommend this one to the Sesame Street fan who is looking for a lot of great photos and fun facts about the past 40 years, but if you want a more adult approach check out "Street Gang". The book is worth the price of admission just to look at it (I got a free ticket, it was a gift from Brie! Thanks!) All of the photos are amazing, and many of them I had never seen before, and I have a lot of books on the subject!



Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Song - Everlong

Hello,
I've waited here for you
Everlong

Tonight,
I throw myself into
And out of the red out of her head she sang

Come down and waste away with me
Down with me
Slow how you wanted it to be
I'm over my head, out of her head she sang

And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

Breathe out
So I can breathe you in
Hold you in

And now
I know you've always been
Out of your head, out of my head I sang

And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

And I wonder
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
Foo Fighters

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creative Types - Kendra Smith

This time I've got my favorite graphic designer and sometime blonde, Kendra Smith!


She's a great friend who does amazing web design. She's designed several websites, including Elmwood's!!!



Check out her work and hire her to do your website... NOW!!!



NOW!!!

More "Creative Types"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Paris In Plantsville

Something must be in the Kool Aid over there.

A couple month ago Joe Calvo and I went to the gallery to talk with them about doing screening of Elmwood flicks, and maybe a show in the gallery featuring puppets. One of the Resident Artists suggested we do this, that would be Mr. Joe Bun Keo.
So we went, chatted and took off and hit ConnectiCon a few days later and had a blast.
About a month later Joe Bun Keo (AKA Mr. Sexy) called and asked if I could have something together by labor Day weekend.
"Sure"

So in just over a month we shot a new Steve the Vampire short, and put together an hour of puppet flicks (our greatest hits, perhaps) and I promoted, pimped and prepped the show.
Mr. Sexy and the guys at Paris got to know me pretty well as I was attending meetings and hanging out.

And then the show happened. And it went off without a hitch. And we had a packed house...

So Mr. Sexy Keo asks the other guys if they want to add a new Resident Artist, specifically me.

And they said yes... And I said yes... It's like being married, but without the sex.
So here I am.
Jon Bristol - Creative Director for Elmwood Productions
and now also
Jon Bristol - Resident Artist at Paris In Plantsville.

That's pretty cool!!!

Read more about it on Elmwood's blog too!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Garfield - The Collection

Garfield
This puppet is actually a prototype, direct from Paws, Inc!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday Song - Who Wants To Live Forever?

There's no time for us
There's no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away
from us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever?

There's no chance for us
It's all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever?

Who dares to love forever?
When love must die

But touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today
Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever?
Forever is our today

Who lives forever anyway?
Queen

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Adventures in Puppetry...

Last nite Elmwood Puppets had a screening at a gallery here in CT called Paris In Plantsville.
And I don't believe it could have gone better...
There's a post over on Elmwood's Blog that you can read for more on that here...

But on Puppet A Day I wanted to add a little more. Some thank yous.

Thank you Brie for always being awesome. You are. I'm a lucky man.
Thank you to the whole and extended McDonald family, you're support of my films and puppets amazing me, and means alot to me

Thank you to my folks, Roger and Sue, for also being so supportive!

To the Elmwood Crew - Without you guys wiggling the puppets the screening would have been rather boring!

And to the guys at Paris in Plantsville! You guys pulled it together and I think we all looked good! Hahaha!


And again to Joe Bun Keo... For really making the show happen!

A couple puppets are still at the gallery in case you want to get a look! And we were selling a limited edition DVD at the show, with proceeds going to MDA, there were a few copies left after the show, you can still pick one up at the gallery or email fanmail@elmwoodproductions.com if you want one! Only five bucks!

Wanna see more pictures? Click the one above!

Punching Nun - The Collection

A Classic!




Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tonite! 8 PM!


I'll be there, with puppets on display and films featuring the Elmwood Puppets!
Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Screening! Meet Steve the Vampire and Johnnie Sojive Too!

Screening TOMORROW NIGHT!
At PARIS IN PLANTSVILLE!!!
In Plantsville, CT
Check out the Event Page Here!

Come enjoy the funny and energetic vibes of Jon Bristol and Elmwood Production's puppetry-gone-wild! If you think puppets are old school and boring, well you got it all wrong! These guys give puppetry a contemporary twist that you can enjoy and laugh along to.
...
If you think The Muppets and Crank Yankers were funny, well imagine the two coming together and you'll have the outrageous and quirky story-lines of Bristol and gang.

Jon Bristol will be showing films featuring his many crazy characters in off-beat yet always fun plots that include vampires, brains, and lots of humor. Guaranteed something different, yet very entertaining. Jon will also be displaying several of the puppets used in his films.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Song - Change

Hope to see you there next Saturday - 9/4/10!
And now the Monday Song...
I don't feel the sun's comin' out today
It's staying in, it's gonna find another way.
As I sit here in this misery,
I don't think I'll ever, no lord, see the sun from here.
And oh as I fade away,
They'll all look at me and say, and they'll say,
"Hey look at him, I'll never live that way."
But that's okay, they're just afraid to change.
And when you feel your life ain't worth living
You've got to stand up and take a look around you
Then a look way up to the sky.
And when your deepest thoughts are broken,
Keep on dreaming, boy, 'cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die.
And as we all play parts of tomorrow,
Some ways we'll work and other ways we'll play.
But I know we can't all stay here forever,
So I want to write my words on the face of today
...And then they'll paint it
And oh as I fade away,
They'll all look at me and say, they'll say,
"Hey look at him and where he is these days."
When life is hard, you have to change.
When life is hard, you have to change.




Blind Melon

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Song - Suspended

You lead me, fit around my tongue
It's so easy, to forget that I'm lost
Spent all of my life, waiting for answers
To lift me, to numb me, to define it all

Sunshine, I'm beginning to like this

'Cause all I wanna be is the minute that you hold me in
When you pretend that I'm all that you waited for
Time slips to nothin' and I'm better than I've ever been
I'm suspended

You're breathing, filling up my lungs
I can almost believe that I'm almost enough
Spent all of my life empty of anthems
Bracing for something that never did come

Sunshine, I'm beginning to like this
Sunshine, I'm beginning to like it

'Cause all I wanna be is the minute that you hold me in
When you pretend that I'm all that you waited for
Time slips to nothin' and I'm better than I've ever been
I'm suspended

It's not enough to stay surrounded
It's not enough to stay awake,
Torn, and braced, cornered
And not feel alive
Matt Nathanson

Friday, August 20, 2010

After Dark... New Britain... Tonite!

Not Exactly Puppet Related... But Elmwood and Jon related for sure!!!

Gabe and Brie will have paintings up for auction at:
Museum After Dark 3rd Annual Summer Art Auction
New Britain Museum of American Art
August 20, 8-11pm

$15 non members, $10 members
Fee includes admission to the museum’s current exhibition and their permanent collection. There will be music provided by a DJ, complimentary food, and beer and wine for $3.
All proceeds from the auction are given to the NBMAA.
http://www.nbmaa.org/

Queen - The Collection