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!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heather - Post Nose Job

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!