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A Muppet Puppet Builder's Portfolio

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Buck-Beaver, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Cool. I wish I were more coordinated for marionettes. There was a VERY cool troupe of performers came in to Memphis, TN, recently and did a great show about Jack and the Beanstalk. In all my 32 years, it's only the second show I've ever seen. The first one was this guy who had a Pink Panther puppet that would walk around the stage and wave, and then would jump out at the audience and his body would come apart, and then back together again. It was horrifying!! I was only 6 and there's Pink Panther falling apart.

    I was okay after the medication took effect, though...
  2. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    sounds like a pretty common break away puppet, it a very old marrionetter trick, usually its done witha skeleton puppet
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    so where you cloes to any of the muppeters they all seem really friendly if so who would you consider a lifetime friend from JHC?
  4. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    no i wasnt close to any of the puppeteers, the workshop and the puppeteering are two very seperate things, rarely did the two groups interact, at least now adays, i do consider most of the people i worked with at the shop friends, and i do know some of the puppeteers, but not on a social level,

    the only people i keep in touch with are folks from the shop,

    i think its a bit of a misconseption to see the company as a big family, it may have been like that in the past, but these days it is like most big companies, with very little interaction between the different groups,evryone pretty much keeps to there own department, while i was there it was very rare indeed to see performers in the shop, and i was only on set when i need to be,
  5. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Hey, James

    Hi, James,
    Don't know if you remember me or if you got my e-mail but I worked with you briefly while I was an intern in the NY shop back in 1999. I was very pleased to work with you and the rest of the talented and creative staff back then. It was a dream come true to have the opportunity to work with people who I had read about in all the Henson "behind the scenes" books, and saw on T.V. specials over the years. I'm very sorry what happened to you and the workshop staff. :( Please give anyone you still keep in touch with from the shop my best. I think of all of you often. I've seen/talked to a few people here and there but that's what my e-mail was about and I don't want to get into it too much here on a public forum. But all my best and hope you continue to do some great puppetry work. Hope to hear from you soon.
    Melissa Yowhan
  6. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    didnt get the email, sent you a private message :)
  7. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    this site is becomeing a refuge for people who use to work with JHC lol if only we could get Jerry Nealson on here then that would be cool as well. i say welcom former JHC workers to the MC family. :)
  8. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    you would be suprised how many come here, of course alot of the time, we think you folks are nuts(see the thread asking what sort of soda dave goelz likes)

    but most dont post, since i dont work there anymore, i dont mind posting, of course should i ever start working there again, i probaly wouldnt post as much,
  9. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    RE: Henson folks on MC

    There is a lot of folks here on Muppet Central who work for Henson, I agree. I think they just like to understandably keep a low profile. I've always posted here on the boards (though not that often) but never really mentioned my Henson internship, because a) the internship process at the company has changed so much now so I wouldn't really be much help in offering advice on how to get one and b) being that I worked in the NY workshop I didn't want a bunch of people e-mailing me asking questions about how do they do this, that, etc. While I don't work for Henson anymore either I don't feel comfortable giving away any "secrets" which most of the folks here know anyway. :) So I'm mostly a lurker but I enjoy the posts...
    Melissa Y.
    (and hello to all my former co-workers out there. :))
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Steve, Jerry, Karen, Mike, Bill---they've all posted here before.
  11. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    so i have heard, heck back in the day , the workshop got more news from this site and tough pigs than we ever did form the corporate offices, lol
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    ok heres smthing are the people that where at the workshop also like the muppetes as they where really good to the fans, or am i just thinking that JHC really loves there fans more then meets the eye.
  13. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I DONT KNOW eather im confused sorry.
  15. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    no problem dude, no worrys
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Translation (I think):
    Are the workshop artists as friendly to the public/fans as the JHC always seems to have been?
  17. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    you have to remember that the Henson company is going to give you the most PR friendly answers that they can, as for the shop, sure we are friendly, but we also tend to be a bit more reaslistic about things, we go to work do our job, weather we like a project or not, as far as the general public is concered, we dont really have any interaction with them, sometimes people would send odd things they built to the shop, or voice tapes or puppet videos, but we arnt the right people to send them to, so they generally just end up in a pile some where.

    you have to realize that there is a huge difference between Fans, and People working in the industry,

    but over all sure the shop is friendly , i guess that answers the question, still seems like it is a odd thing to ask
  18. wow. amazing, james!

    wow. very impressive that your on here answering questions & stuff. high commendable, for i loved your work with the muppets. i know you dont really wanna answer that many questions, because of what the company is doing now, and i understand that cus i feel the same way. but as for a question on your work... what other muppets have you created or helped create? and what era puppets where they (like what were they used for?)
    the ones are the site are incredible, a few of my favorites! i love them.

    i have been watching the muppets every day since i was an infant, i was raised on the muppets. (just like a lot of people on this board). im now 21 yrs. old & want to get into puppeteering. making puppets & underground movies for fun. ive always been intrigued with them. but especially the henson "muppet". the foam, the designs, the personalities, the outfits, everything. my work will be heavily, heavily influenced by henson & co and artists like you, and the 'muppet style' of creating & performing.

    is there any source of resource (book, video, anything) that you can recommend to me, that would help me in learning how to create a muppet-like puppet. id really appreciate it.

    thank you very much. your work with the muppets is outstanding!

    much love & respect,
    - mike bruno

    :D :sing:
  19. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    Thanks , glad you like my stuff, i worked mainly on Bear , and muppet classic charaters , (very liitle sesame street, but did wokr on the internatinal stuuf, rebuilt samson, And built the egypt walkaround, also assited on the south africa walkaround, refurbed some mexican puppets)

    by the time i was thier we didnt do much new building ,mostly refurb, and new build mainly went to the senoir staff memebers, i worked on Swamp years built that blotch puppet,and some mopa top stuff, and the tommie depola show that very few people have ever seen, thats about it

    "is there any source of resource (book, video, anything) that you can recommend to me, that would help me in learning how to create a muppet-like puppet. id really appreciate it."

    im pretty much self tought, i thibk if your looking for help u should check out bucks website pretty good tips thier and read thru these postes on th epuppetry forum, more info here than i ever had a s a kid, aside from that it takes lots of practice and persistants
  20. thanx

    thanks a lot man! your a insanely nice guy. who is buck and whats his website?

    out of curiousity, what classic muppet characters have you helped/or refurbished?


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