I get a lot of submissions for PuppetVision, which means that during times like this summer when I’m especially busy I’m also especially behind on reviewing what’s been sent in. Thus, I occasionally try to clear the backlog by compiling a Weekend Puppet Round-Up and share a bunch of great things with you all at once:
- I Am Big Bird (see previous post) isn’t the only film that recently exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter…so did The Mysterious Closet, which looks like it’s going to be an awesome short film about “an unexpected friendship between a Boy and a Monster.” It’s directed by Ethan Lader – who’s day is making music videos for the likes of Kanye West and Bruno Mars – and will star Falling Skies child star Maxim Knight.
- Last month I was very disappointed to have to leave the UK the day before the start of The Beverley Puppet Festival, which featured some great puppet acts from across the UK and abroad. Thankfully, Havi Ibrahim was there and shot a documentary about the festival (click the link for a trailer). A screening in Beverly is planned in the near future and Havi will make copies of the film available upon request.
- I quite like the look of Zen Shorts, a production by Rogue Artists Ensemble that is playing in Culver City, California this weekend (if you’re in the area and want to see it, visit www.rogueartists.org for tickets and more information).
- Financial services firm Hong Leong Bank has been running a popular campaign featuring finger puppets in Malaysia.
- Masasit Mati is a young troupe in Syria that has been producing a ground-breaking finger-puppet show called Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator, that mocks the increasingly illegitimate regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (via Puppetry News).
- What if a virus spread across the earth and turned 20% of the human race in to puppets? It would probably be slightly ridiculous and/or a lot like the Smile Time episode of Angel, but just to be sure you can watch Puppet High, a new web series that explores just that very question.
- An uninvited guest (designed and performed by Sharp FX) that you really don’t want coming to dinner features in The Cairo’s music video for Shame.
- Finally – better late than never – belated congratulations to the Canadian web series Felt-Up for winning the Banff International Media Festival’s Pilot Competition back in June!
Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to submit videos and news to PuppetVision! Please keep all of your amazing submissions coming. I do review everything that comes in as soon as I can and I’m in the process of developing some new ways to share even more great puppetry work with all of you.