Gliz is my grumpy monster alter ego. She can say a lot of things I might not be able to get away with, especially to her husband, Gruno.
I brought Gliz out to try her out on some of my new puppet videos. I didn’t want to use all monsters and ghosts, but since I had her handy, I thought I would fiddle around with her voice and see what might stick–Weird Words was my first thought.
About a year ago I was at my favorite vintage store and found a small basket full of little tiles made of chipboard. Each one had a descriptive word on it, such as “Prickly” or “Furry”, and the word and even coloring of the tile was decorated to try to enhance the description of the word. I thought they might have been from a child’s learning game of some sort. I bought a bunch(they were two for a dollar), choosing words that might describe funny little characters or creatures. I took the tiles out recently and drew a funny sketch for each word,imagining little puppets that each had a tile as their name tag at a party.
Notice I couldn’t think of anything for “Stinky”.
Dear friends, thank you for tuning in to this blog when you do. I have not only been busy these past few months, but I have been afflicted with an illness called Graves’ Disease. Essentially it is something going on in my body,possibly my thyroid, that is making my eyes cross, causing terrible double vision and a very wacked-out physical appearance, to be honest. And you know, working close up on things with sewing, and drawing, and especially typing long things to read, got, well, difficult. I hope you understand. But thanks to some strong medications I seemto be getting better ad I feel like writing again.
Since we are approaching Christmas, I thought I would share with you a terrific yet haunting video of a parade of Krampuses. Magnificent costumes on these guys..just look at the variety! My only lament is the use of so much real animal material.
I wish my Halloween employer, Netherworld, could host some sort of mini-festival of this sort, given that we have several fine Krampuses in our stable of costumed characters. 🙂
Check this out–the original suit of the Alien in the movie of the same name was once up for sale.
Of interesting note to puppeteers:
A system of hinges and cables was used to operate the creature’s rigid tongue, which protruded from the main mouth and had a second mouth at the tip of it with its own set of movable teeth.The final head had about nine hundred moving parts and points of articulation. Part of a human skull was used as the “face”, and was hidden under the smooth, translucent cover of the head.
Folks,I have not had any timeto blog and be part of the Halloween Countdown.I promise to make it up to you with a huge Halloween related post in the next day or so, and THEN you will see!
In the meantime, I am giving you something fantastic. Not puppetry, but deals with costumes and makeup.
Are you ready for silly color test footage of Boris Karloff in Son of Frankenstein??Here!!!