Firestorm was originally conceived and developed by Gerry Anderson in 2001 under the title ‘Storm Force’. The series was eventually bought by a Japanese production company and developed as an anime series. By the time it reached the screen it was quite different to the original series Gerry Anderson had envisaged, and we want to go back to those original concepts and develop them as a true Gerry Anderson production.
Firestorm will see a return to several elements that we think are essential for a real Gerry Anderson project:
Practical effects – yep, that’s REAL explosions
Beautifully detailed miniatures
and yes… puppets!
Harking back to the wonderful world of Thunderbirds, we’re calling this updated combination of elements: Ultramarionation.
Here are some of the beautifully crafted puppets being built by the talented folks at Mackinnon and Saunders (Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and Fifi and the Flowertots, to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox) Their Gerry Anderson connection runs deep – Ian Mackinnon had his very first paid job working on the 1980s pilot show Space Police, and the company was also responsible for the puppets in Gerry Anderson’s Lavender Castle.From concept maquettes, mould making and armatures to costume, hair and paint, their team will always go the extra mile to ensure the characters that are produced create the maximum impact on screen.
Their Kickstarter campaign is chalked full for information and describes exactly what the funding will be used for. Please give to this amazing project!
The course is being run by B.J. Guyer and looks like a amazing chance for those just getting into puppet fabrication to learn the craft, or for old guys like me to learn some new techniques. I signed up and hope to see you there too!
The Creature Technology Company breaths life into creatures from Walking with Dinosaurs, How to Train a Dragon, King Kong and the recent characters used in the Closing of the Winter Olympics. They are definitely leaders in the industry and their Show Reel’s proof! Click HERE to see their Show Reel.
Hard to believe that two years have passed since I first posted about Grant Baciocco and his Advent Calendar! That’s right, he’s at it again this year!
In case you missed it…Grant’s Advent Calendar blog takes us on an adventurous 25 day ride (one video per day) to record Grant opening each door to his advent calendar. The last door is opened on Christmas day. Grant doesn’t know what gift(s) are concealed in his Advent calendar and the opening of each calendar door must be shot in only one take.
Check out Grant’s Advent Calendar adventures HERE!
Filmed during DragonCon- Here is “Milano” a music video Starring Lolly Lardpop and assorted guests, including Mr. Darcy on glockenspiel. Puppeteers Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, John Kennedy, Carmen Osbahr, Grant Baciocco and Paul Rudolph. Puppets designed by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and John Kennedy. Conceived and orchestrated by Paul Rudolph. Directed, shot, and edited by Brad Kemp. Executive Producer Paul Rudolph.
I was going to post this video on my Featured Video section today but thought it was too funny not to write a post about it.
The recent release by Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre by Kev F Sutherland describes the current plight of the UK traveller. Due to severe winter storms, millions of passengers have been stuck in airports for days waiting for a flight out.
Â “From Sketch to Show” is the ground-breaking video series that will teach you how to pattern a three- dimensional hand puppet from the original art and professionally finish that puppet.
Designer Dave Privett will show you the step-by-step process of taking your concept “From Sketch to Show”. I loved the 2nd volume, it was very informative and explained well. Buy this one!
A huge hit in the U.K., “The Bronx Bunny”stars two foul-mouthed furry animals — Bronx Bunny, the star-struck title character, and his cranky sidekick Teddy T, the politically incorrect, sexually innuendo’s panda. The duo, who recently moved from the Bronx, invite celebrity guests into their East Los Angeles TV studio/apartment where they run a low-rent uncensored public access show, asking questions you wouldn’t hear asked on typical interview shows. Among the stars that join the two hosts include Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”), Kelly Carlson(“Nip/Tuck”), “Star Trek’s” George Takei, Joely Fisher (“Desperate Housewives”), “Saved By the Bell’s” Screech (Dustin Diamond) and many other celebrities.
My love is children’s television and this show is far from the genre, but it is good to see celebrities opening up and being more personable…even if every second word should be bleeped. I was also surprised by the amount and caliber of the celebrities they manage to “snag” for the show. Check out this site, but make sure you put the kiddies to bed first. 🙂