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My Progress

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Melonpool, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    So, I've been working on a rather large puppet project for the last few months after doing practically nothing puppet related for the last few years (other than designing the recent round of Nike puppets, anyway). I thought I'd share the first bit of "leaked" test footage with you guys, though...

    http://melonpool.blip.tv/file/3097808/

    Also, just for the heck of it, I uploaded the first video we ever made -- from 1994. None of the people that made it had ever built or performed puppets before, so it's rather rough around the edges. The main thing is that it was the start of my love of building and puppetry and I'm still rather proud of it after all these years. Enjoy!

    http://blip.tv/file/3077153
  2. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

  3. King Rupert

    King Rupert Member

    Amazingly cool, I enjoyed every second of that.
  4. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Very nice!

    Pro tip: when you're making sets, make sure they're framed properly! Ask me sometime about how I learned that particular lesson... :p
  6. charlie bird

    charlie bird Member

    ''Wow!'',Great work.I wish I could make puppet sets like that, instead of just a puppet stage.Sadly thats only realistic for one place, and I dont think I could make a good portible set.That will realy look good on camera ,hey are you using a green screen,if so I have some good advice on that sort of thing.
    Thanks for the cool pictures of your'e awsome work
  7. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    Did you have a set fall down on you? Yikes! Mine's pretty sturdy right now, but it'll be a lot sturdier when it's done. Like a dome, it wants to fall in on itself, so each section holds the next one up. It'll also be tied into the rafters when it's done.

    Maybe I'll incorporate hard helmets into the mic headsets, just in case, though!

    Actually, you gave me the idea on how to construct this set years ago, Buck! Can you believe I've been planning it since this link from 2005!
  8. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    Very little green screening on this project. I'm very old-school when it comes to this. I may even have the spaceships operated like puppets. ;)
  9. luther962

    luther962 New Member

    Really impressive work! I would love to build something like that in my garage, but the
    truck has to go someplace! Pretty nifty.
  10. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    If God had wanted you to put your truck in the garage, he never would've invented driveways. ;)
  11. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    Or lawns. Or cinder blocks.

    :p
  12. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

  13. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Yes I can especially considering that "massive scaled city block set" I mentioned in the thread is only now in the early stages of construction (at last!).
  14. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    It's really weird because I feel like I did almost nothing on this project up until about 8 months ago... it seems weird that I would stew over something like this for 4 years, then attack it with such a passion again. Of course, most of the work I've done recently has been because I finally moved into a house with a garage.

    But progress is progress!
  15. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Garages are nice. :)
  16. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Better still are houses with studios. I understand that a studio can be converted to a garage, if necessary!
  17. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    Still chugging along. Having our first cast script reading on Saturday. Very cool to actually be getting to this stage of production! Here's a short clip of me messing around with one of my old puppets and a standee, testing camera lenses. If you haven't already, you might want to invest in a wide-angle lens for your productions -- best $25 I ever spent!

    http://melonpool.blip.tv/file/3603469/
  18. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    Melonpool...I really like your uniqueness with your theme. It feels like a comic with the name and the characters. I really dig your whole concept to incorprate puppets as a live comic strip. Kudos!
  19. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

  20. charlie bird

    charlie bird Member

    Awsome work melonpool.I didn't see her in the first one, is she a new character.
    Thank you


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