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Sesame Street Live Auditions

I’ve posted the requirements needed if you are interested in auditioning for Sesame Street Live. The link is just for those interested in sending in audition tapes and what is needed to get your foot in the door. If you scroll (from the VEE corp page) to the bottom and hit AUDITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES -it should give you a listing of auditions in America only. For Canucks, like me, you have to send in a tape. Good Luck for anyone interested!

http://www.sesamestreetlive.com/audition_videotape.asp

JK ROWLING RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOR IN THE INAUGURAL YEAR


DECEMBER 21, 2005
Hollywood, CA, December 21, 2005- The Jim Henson Company has selected the honorees of the newly established Jim Henson Honors, an annual program that acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded in 1955. The four recipients of the inaugural year were announced today by Brian Henson and Lisa Henson, co-CEOs of The Jim Henson Company.
The 2005 Jim Henson Honorees:
The Jim Henson Celebration Honor – JK Rowling, author
The Jim Henson Creativity Honor – The Gorillaz, virtual band
The Jim Henson Community Honor – Bill Haber, community service
The Jim Henson Technology Honor – The Prius, gas-electric hybrid automobile
Honorees were chosen by the artists and staff at The Jim Henson Company, who were asked to nominate recipients who inspire them in their everyday work, maintain similar core values as the company, and of course, reflect Jim Henson’s commitment to excellence in creativity and innovation.
“It is with great respect that we recognize these honorees for their commitment to excellence and their unique creative expression,” said Brian Henson. In regards to J K Rowling receiving the highest honor, he added, “By encouraging audiences of all ages to rediscover the magic of books and reading, Ms. Rowling has truly made this world a better place.”
“The diversity and accomplishment of the recipients exemplifies what we believe; that there can be inspiration and fun in everything around us. In our books and music, but also in our cars, communities and our environment,” said Lisa Henson. “My father saw the joy that comes from embracing all kinds of creativity and we are thrilled to continue that legacy.”
http://www.henson.com/

Punch and Brodie- Puppets in Video


The following link goes through the process of puppeteering on camera, insightful and interesting.
http://punchandbrodie.com/scenes.php

They cover:

  • How our Video Puppets are Constructed
  • Performing with Video Puppets
  • The Voice of the Puppet
  • Puppet Scale
  • Directing Puppets
  • Hiding the Puppeteer
  • Blocking
  • How Puppets Sit
  • How Puppets Walk
  • How Puppets Manipulate Objects
  • Puppets and the Camera
  • Adding Realism with Sound Effects
  • Sustaining the Illusion

It’s Monday, and that time again!


Sorry for not posting the last coouple of days, my car was broken into Christmas eve…anyway, here are some cool websites that contain great puppet videos. Sorry again, but will post more regularly now.

The Cabaret Decadanse in Montreal Quebec:
http://www.soma-international.com/english/eng_vedettes.html

Video segments of various news items, this site has a interview of Heather Henson (daughter of Jim). She brings light on some of the goings on of the Henson house, some of it I already read about, but nonetheless interesting- you’ll have to scroll to Heather Henson segment I believe the date is November 2nd:
http://www.zeum.com/press/media/main.html#

A television series from the 1940s to the ’60s-Kukla, Fran and Ollie samples:
http://users.ultinet.net/~kfo/videox.html#0

Puppet Greeting cards you can send friends and family:
http://www.puppetport.com/puppets/puppets/puppetsnstuff.cfm

Movie :STRINGS


Thanks goes out to W.P Puppet Theatre http://www.wppuppet.com/, they had this posted on their website…
A movie called STRINGS has opened Nationwide in the UK and Ireland on May 27, 2005. On their website it goes through the storyline, contains a trailer, and production stills. A cool movie, I wonder why it was never presented here in North America. If anyone knows let me know via email. Thanks
http://www.stringsthemovie.com/uk.html

W.P. Puppet Theatre Posting

Puppet Power 2007 – Puppets as Agents for Social Change Call for Proposals
WP Puppet Theatre Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada presents a two day conference “Puppet Power 2007 – Puppets as Agents for Social Change” in spring 2007. We are currently looking for workshop proposals that address: current puppet usage in political and social etc. activism, puppetry’s existing and potential role in peace, health, religious, environmental and school education programs, how puppets can be used for community and organizational transformation and other similar themes. Please see our website after Jan 4th http://www.wppuppet.com/ for the complete call for proposals. Send proposals to wppuppet@telus.net.

Puppet Videos- for reference, or just plain FUN!

Here’s a listing of funny and interesting online videos depicting puppets at work! Notice the street puppets when they are interviewing, the person to whom they are talking to look at the puppet even though the puppeteer is standing there to (off camera).
Enjoy hours…okay maybe one hour of FUN!

Muppet Mahna Mahna: Original Video
http://www.devilducky.com/media/7452/

Hot in here puppet video
http://www.bofunk.com/video/2228/puppet_hot_in_here.html

Royal Opera House Pinocchio Video
http://info.royaloperahouse.org/PerformingSpaces/Index.cfm?ccs=723&cs=2236

Clarence the Puppet hits Harlem Video
http://www.smithappens.com/video_puppetharlem.php

Triumph the Insulting Dog Star Wars Nerds
http://www.devilducky.com/media/2536/

Haridimos Karaghiozi Shadow Theater- scroll to the bottom of the webpage and choose show
http://www.athensguide.com/art/karagiozis/

UK Puppets Site- List of online videos, it goes by country! Really long!
http://www.puppeteersuk.com/videolistdetail.asp