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Foam blocks?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by robinthecrow, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    you know, the little black pom-poms that most puppets' pupils are made out of...it might be a 1/2 an inch or somewhere close...

    BJ
  2. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

  3. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    i dont use pom pom s for eys , never have, cant think of any puppets i have seen using them.if they are the furry balls i have seen in craft store i dont see how they would be very durable
  4. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    you know that beaker has those white things on his head- those are his eyes. 'Nuff said.

    BJ
  5. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member



    those white things on his head are not "pom poms", they are abs hemishperes.i have not i dea what gave you the idea that they were pom poms :attitude:
  6. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    Sorry, Ravagefrackle, I assumed that Beaker was a foam-based muppet! What the BEEP is his head made out of?

    BJ
  7. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    sorry, folks, must save face here. i hope i did not scare any1 away from the forums!

    BJ
  8. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    No, you just confuse everybody.

    I feel your pain, ravagefrackle.
  9. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    takes more than a few weird post to scare me off,

    but when i post something about puppet building, and muppet building, i am talking from expierience not just making stuff up, just like Buck i am emparting my knowledge to you, however i wont always tell u evrything, since to be a good puppet builder you need to be a good problem solver too.

    now ,as to what beakers head is made of, i wont say, because if i do ill just get dozens of people asking me how i can get the same material and since it is something henson had built custom just for beaker it would be pointless to say it any way, use your eys and your brains, look at video of beaker, and see the things he does, and notice the shape of his head, foamis not that durable. :eek:
  10. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    Thank u; I will do that! However, I've watched video of Beaker and still can not figure his head out! He looks like a ventriloquist's dummy when he speaks; am I correct? Also, did Richard Hunt have his hand in Beaky's mouth, or was there a little thing you squeezed to make his mouth move? The book Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles said something else confusing; it said that Beaker's head was on a rod so in times of extreme fear, his head could concievably go into his shirt or go up like a couple inches. Is this true?

    Thanx in advance!

    BJ
  11. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    who ever said there was only one beaker, different action require different puppets sometimes
  12. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    Huh? Not just one Beaker? Maybe someone else can set us straight!

    BJ
  13. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    It's pretty common in film, TV and even theatre to have several versions of the same puppet, each built for specific effects or sometimes because of costuming requirements. Usually you have one or more "hero" puppets that are used most of the time and then others built so they can perform specific actions or be used to create a certain effect.

    For example, for the web series I'm doing there are a bunch of cockroach puppets. Three of the cockroaches are "hero" roaches and have fully articulated mouths and heads that pivot (they're operated by rod controls). Other "background" roaches just have heads that pivot because they only appear in the background of shots. There are a few stuffed "stunt" roaches that have full bodies and legs and can be thrown around on the set. Still others are specifically built so they can be rigged to do things like drive a tank, kayak, rollerblade, etc. and eventually I need to build one that can be radio controlled.

    Some shows that use a lot of flocked or animatronic puppets will have several versions of the character so that when one needs touch ups or repairs they can just switch puppets and keep shooting. On CBC/Nick Jr.'s Nanalan' they often have to rotate 3 versions of each character because the flocking requires frequent touch-ups - while one puppet is on set being shot, one is being touched up and another one is drying so it's ready when they need it on set.

    I know with the Muppet productions it's not uncommon to have 5 or more versions of a puppet - I think they had 10+ Piggy heads for Muppets From Space and something like six or seven Pepes.
  14. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    im glad you posted that, i hate typing so much, lol

    any wy bucks right on the money on this one,

    except there were only 2 pepes on muppets from space, (they built the second one just for that shoot, up until then they only had the one, mainly because nobody expected him to be such a break out character , i believe a third one was just built for this "OZ" thing, but im not really in the loop on that show(thank god, what a lame idea) :rolleyes:
  15. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    That's right, after I read your post I checked a photo I have from the shoot of Pepes being touched up and there were only two. I should know better than rely on my defective memory. :p
  16. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    I have most days like that! :D Lovely things; I did not know all this. Maybe just 1 beeker would do fine.

    BJ
  17. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets New Member

    usually i use both. foam blocks and sheets

    u ever meet denis leary or adam corolla & jimmy kimmel?
  18. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    no , when i started they decided to start filming in L.A.But all the puppets at that point were built in New York, although i believ they are doing them in La now, but this was 2 years ago, i havnt worked on the show since then.

    , besides they only lay down the voice tracks, they arnt on set normally since they dont puppeteer the characters,


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