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Filming The Muppet Show Theme song

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by muppetlover123, May 10, 2012.

  1. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    how did they film the theme i know i might be asking a dumb question but anyone?
     
  2. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Do we really want all the secrets revealed? Lol! I'm just teasing by the way. :)
     
  3. David French

    David French Active Member

    It all depends on which section/s you mean; with regards to the arches, they were all taped separately and then matted together.
     
  4. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    With cameras.
     
  5. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I don't think that's what he meant.
     
  6. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    yeah i meant the final part when theres like 30 or more muppet in the arches
     
  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Same way they filmed the original television show.

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  8. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    soo they like green screened it and had one puppeteer do two puppets and someone lift the hands up?
     
  9. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    That is a really interesting question about the hands going up that I didnt think about till I saw the book cover, that one puppeteer worked two puppets and there is no one working rods to raise the arms.My guess would be that they had a long horizontal stick and had all the arms attatched with fishing line and someone lifted it from above.
     
  10. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Back then, no, green screen wasn't around yet. It was shot in front of a 'normal' wall, with the lighting adjusted to give the color effect in the background. On another note, as you said, basically it was shot with somebody doing two puppets at once. Don't know exactly how the arms moved, but they were probably radio controlled. Naturally, this had to be shot several times in order for all the puppets to make it into that one shot. Even on the cover of the OF MUPPETS AND MEN book, we're not seeing an entire row being shot. The final shot of several rows on top of each other required some special post production editing, which probably wasn't as easy to accomplish back then as it is now, but still not too much of a challenge.

    As for the remade opening in "The Muppets", somehow i doubt that one performer was doing two characters at once. Rather, it appears that one puppet was shot individually, and all of the arches were edited together in post. You can usually tell when two characters are being performed by one puppeteer, because then the puppets tend to move with exact same actions.
     
  11. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  12. David French

    David French Active Member

    Actually, Chromakey has been around since the late 1960's. The process was certainly used during the Muppet Show years. A very good example is the Octopus's Garden number.
     
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  13. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I think that was against a black screen, not a green screen. But you're right, the actual process has been around for quite some time. Early versions were used even before the 1960s. The earliest film that comes to mind that used the process was the 1946 film "The Time of their Lives", though it was actually used as early as the 1930s.
     


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