In addition to traditional glove and rod puppets, we occasionally build “poser” puppets. Articulated mainly for photo shoots and specific shots usually, this poser was commissioned by artist Lucien Smith as part of an art installation celebrating artist David Hammons.
In addition to creating the poser puppet and custom clothing, we also worked closely with the client to design the puppet’s overall look to work with his unique vision.
One of our specialties is translating 2D characters into 3D puppets. In 2D animation, often a character is designed to look one way from one angle and another, completely unrelated way from another. The real trick is striking that delicate balance so that our puppets can exist in three dimensions — while staying on model.
Much like the Captain Caveman puppet, we also built puppets for Ricochet Rabbit and Deputy Droop-a-long for Warner Bros. Animation. As with all 2D to 3D puppet conversions, we pride ourselves on walking the fine line between staying true to the original source material and making a functional puppet.
From CONCEPT to SCREEN: PUPPET DESIGN, FABRICATION and PERFORMANCE for the TELEVISION, FILM and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES