This was an extremely fun, well-paid, and momentous day: I was performing (and lending some of my own puppets) my own puppets in a music video for a well-known band,I worked with a lot of my fellow Atlanta puppeteers, I learned about working with fire on camera, and I met two of my best friends, Shane Morton and Madeline Brumby, who I would go on to perform with in their Silver Scream Spook Show.
Now, the video and song may not be to everyone’s taste; I’ll warn you right off the bat. VERY METAL,VERY LOUD!
However, I can assure you the members of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, especially their drummer, Brann Dailor, were really terrific to us. I had worked with Brann on yet another puppet project I’ll talk about later, and it was a grueling experience, yet he was as professional and friendly as could be.
Here is the video!
Next,I’ll show you some screencaps of what I did, and puppets that are mine:
I can be shock/startle frightened as much as anyone. Jump out at me when I’m not expecting it,and sure, my weak bladder tells the tale.Sometimes I wonder,though,if my love of the horror genre at an early age desensitized me significantly. There’s plenty of things I would readily call gross or depraved,but there is not a whole lot in special effects that I find truly scary.I had this revelation when I was thinking of the only comic book I’ve ever owned,which I begged Mother to buy me so I would have something to read while I waited for her at the hairdresser. I can’t remember the title and it’s long been packed away,but it’s very violent and graphic,about some jungle explorers who stumble upon a village ruled by a shaman who can leave his body to invade the bodies of huge tarantulas and pythons to kill outsiders(I think I’m close to the description anyway).
Oh,don’t get me wrong; there is much to enjoy in today’s scary movies and the tacky old B movies and everything in between,but folks,but putting on a corset, and crawling around, with vampire teeth and colored contact lenses just ain’t gonna do it for me. Well, unless you’re a guy. That might be pretty funny.
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. 🙂
I know it’s after Halloween, and I have a lot of my own puppet stuff to post, but I thought I’d share something with the arachnophiles out there.
So, anyone else get the living daylights scared out of them by this video when they were a kid? This video was creepier to me than most horror movies. Still, it’s some great work with robots.
Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look:
Sometimes dolls fall into the category of puppets, right? Well, I guess that’s not the best intro in the world for this, but, my dear readers, I MUST show you this uber-creepy place.
From Oddity Central:
Known as “La Isla de la Munecas”, by the Spanish, The Island of the Dolls is perhaps the creepiest tourist attraction in Mexico. Located within an extensive network of canals, south of Mexico City, the island is a place of mystery and superstition.
Almost every tree growing on the island is decorated with old, mutilated dolls that give anyone the feeling that they’re constantly being watched. The story behind the Island of the Dolls began when a hermit by the name of Don Julian Santana moved here. Although he was married he chose to live the last 50 years of his life alone.
Don Julian used to say he was haunted by the ghost of the little girl who had drowned in one of the canals around the island. Some say he used to fish the dolls from the water because he though they were real children, but the truth is he was collecting and placing them around his home as a shrine for the spirit that tormented him. At one point he even traded home grown fruit and vegetables for old dolls.
Ironically, in 2001 Don Julian Santana was found dead by his nephew, in the same canal that he said the little girl drowned in. Now his Island of the Dolls is one of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions. Some tourists who visited this place claim the dolls whisper and you must offer them a gift upon setting foot on the island, to appease their spirits.
And now,I bet you’re just itchin’to see this wacked-out place..am I right?Hold onto your butts, readers; if you,like me, hate creepy dolls, this is guaranteed nightmare fodder.
Here he is, Pigamortis Wrex!
So there’s a new version of the old TV series V,which was about about aliens known as “The Visitors” trying to take over Earth.. Well, back in the 80’s, we had our low-budget version and dangitall,I enjoyed it. I see no reason to remake it.
I have found a clip from my most remembered scene from V: The Final Battle, the 1984 TV miniseries. V: The Final Battle was a sequel to the 1983 miniseries.
V: The Final Battle was to have delivered an exciting and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Visitors chronicles, but NBC was not prepared to make the necessary budget available to realize the special effects. As a result,the effects are even more low-budget, and..well, see for yourself:
Incidentally, the girl was named Elizabeth, which I thought was awesome, and I was sad that the second twin, a boy, died.
While I’m on the subject of alien births involving puppets, here is a very powerful and almost enchanting scene from the TV series Alien Nation, in which a male “Newcomer”, George, delivers his baby. Literally.
In the series Alien Nation, long story short, the male of a couple gives birth to the baby from a pouch on the abdomen, much like a male seahorse.
Creeeeeepy horses on Puppatoons Tumblr today!!