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Open Source Puppetry Project

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by ScrapsFlippy, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Trekkie Monster

    Trekkie Monster New Member

    MrsPepper and I are both from Canada.
  2. Yahnke

    Yahnke Member

    why have one puppet or main character? Because then you are essentially hampering someone's creativity, even if we all make a similar puppet- because you got to keep it as close to the "original' as possible.

    why not have each person involved make his one monster puppet- then each puppet can be one member of a monster race. Each monster (each puppeteers puppet) can be on a mission to discover whatever....and then each one can report back to a commander. That way it allows many different plot lines, and allows creativity, yet we are all working together.
  3. bezalel

    bezalel New Member

    I think that is an excellent idea! This thing is starting to come together, and is being really thought out. Maybe we could come up with a few guidelines as to the "look" of this monster race. But then again, that may not be necessary at all. The newscaster monster or monsters really would provide the continuity. Each person's monster creation could be totally original.

    OR, we have a choice. Basic monster patterns to choose from to build the monster reporter or build your own. That may provide and be appealing to a wider audience and different skill sets.
  4. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Scrapsflippy- Los Angeles, CA
    DannyRWW- Milwaukee, WI
    Muppetsdownunder- Sydney, Australia
    Mrs. Pepper-Canada
    MGov- Los Angeles, CA
    Bezalet- Dallas, TX
    Gfakwort- Chicago, IL
    Shynee- Long Beach, CA
    TrekkieMonster- Ottawa, Canada
    Yahnke- Tennessee
  5. Trekkie Monster

    Trekkie Monster New Member

    Who would be responsible for recieving the video's and adding the bit with the ancer character and posting the video's?

    Oh and I think we at least need to have all the same look, at least that will show that they are all from the same race of monsters.
  6. Yahnke

    Yahnke Member

    Actually i live in wisconsin now. So my monster might be snow covered very soon!
  7. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Well welcome to our cheesy little state Yahnke.
  8. Yahnke

    Yahnke Member

    Danny, actually i grew up over by Tomah, and i only spent one year in TN. Now i live just south of you, on the "I", and i too am a Lutheran Christian.

    sorry to burden the rest of you with that info....btw..this project sounds cool. Kudos to whoever got this going. (kudos to us if we ever finish it!)
  9. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Small world :)
  10. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Oh so close!

    I'm a Lutheran Buddhist. :halo:
  11. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member


    That congers up an interesting image.

    Okay we're getting a little off track here I think.:)
  12. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Right. Back on track.

    Who has seen "The Red Shoe Diaries"?

    The bumpers for the show had David Duchovny and his dog picking up his mail from a postal box. He would then read the annonymous letters from women about an encounter they had and, as he started to read, the screen would fade into the story he was reading. I was never entirely sure why women were writing the letters to him. I was never all that interested in David Duchovny or his dog, just the story part.

    Anyway, how about some contrived reason that one character (or even a person could do it) to receive the letters or videos from the other characters?

    And the stories don't have to be soft core porn like "Red Shoe Diaries" was.
  13. Trekkie Monster

    Trekkie Monster New Member

    I like the idea of the puppets are a race discovering the world and the person recieving the tapes is just a leader figure for that race.
  14. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Mmm, yeah, like a boss who they all report back to. Plus this way, that one monster/figurehead would be the same, and everyone else if they so desired could create their own monster.
    Why are they reporting to him, though? :O Does he want to move? >_> Is he looking for something? I can't remember if a purpose had been decided.
  15. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    They want to take over the world... but the characters could be quite silly and entirely incable of taking over our planet.
  16. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Funny comparison... I was worried about what the point you were getting to was:)
  17. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Member

    The monsters are planning on taking over the planet, but they need to figure out how to do it, etc. The "Continuity Monster" is the keystone that holds together all the different bits. He's the Monster King/Overlord/Head Bureaucrat and he's in charge of all the "Scout Monsters." The Scouts are out in the world trying to learn as much as possible to make their invasion more successful, but like DannyRWW suggests, they really are no threat. Well, maybe a threat to themselves ;)

    This opens the door to "Hoobs" or "Uncle Traveling Matt" type segments out in the "field" and .... MST3K or "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" type segements for the Continuity Monster. (Thanks again, BuckBeaver!)

    The Continuity Monster segments can concern his own ongoing problem (ala the Doc and Sprocket segments, the Mad scientists on MST3K, etc.) and he doesn't really have to refer that specifically to the incoming message. Sort of like this:

    C MONSTER: Ah ... another report in. Very interesting. I hope this monster didn't bungle things up too badly. Let's see ...

    [insert clip]

    C MONSTER: Very good! Ahhhh ... I can taste the sweet flavor of victory! BWA HA HA HA HA! Oh wait ... no, I just have grape jelly on my chin.

    ... or whatever.

    This is really starting to take shape!

    -- Scraps
  18. Yahnke

    Yahnke Member

    honestly- this is very good- but not too original (which is ok, i am a firm believer in the fact that is nothing new under the sun!) This sounds very similar to Invader Zim, which is a hilarious cartoon. And i think doing a puppet version of something similar to that would be fantastic and fit our need for diversity because of the different people involved with this project.
  19. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Member

    I think so far we have a loose framework that will allow for lots of individual orginal thought.

    For instance, my monster scout may wind up accidentally becoming a movie star. You know ... he's investigating a long line of people standing around reading copies of the same piece of paper, carrying pictures of themselves. He joins the line and whammo - stars opposite Julia Roberts in "Monster of my Heart." Or some such.

    The key to all of this is speed. We need to keep this snowball rolling downhill.

    -- Scraps
  20. MGov

    MGov New Member

    You can get Julia?

    I mean, I know where she lives in Venice but I can't get close to the place.

    Pesky restraining order.

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