I was able to speak to some of the Furcon staff over the weekend and right now I’d say it’s looking real good for a puppet show and track for FC 2015. I’m not exactly sure what we’ll have but, at very least we’ll have more panels (construction and performance) and a variety show/puppet slam. More details as they come available.
If you’d be interested in running a puppet panel or performing PLEASE let me know.
I set up a special email address for this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just back from Furcon 2014 and had an awesome time! Greetings to everyone who stopped by to talk to our puppets, Looney Lynx, Funky Fox and Moonshine Raccoon. We had a nice little puppet meet and greet panel on Sunday and talked about our puppets and some possible events for Furcon 2015.
This is ‘Moonshine Raccoon’ finished Sept 2013. Moonshine is configured as a stage puppet (no legs, operated from below). He is about 25 inches tall and has removable carbon fiber arm rods. This is the first of a series of stage puppets I have planned. While the big walk-around puppets are great fun, they really are not usable for stage/video work. Also, as expected, they take a while to build. My plan right now is to build up a cast so I can do some videos and also start putting together a show I can take to cons and possibly puppet slams. Somewhere I find the time for all this…
Here is a video of Funky Fox on his first outing. This is casual walk-around puppetry, no scripts and entirely improv. Since this was a furry meetup, a lot of the interactions were with fursuits…an interesting comparison of the two styles of performing. I decided not to wear anything over my face or try to hide lip[ movement, basically I worked on 'hiding in plane sight' by having the puppet always active and engaging the audience. I think it worked really well though next time I might try wearing dark glasses so my eyes won't be a distraction.
Sorry about the sound quality, we'll be adding digital sound recording next time.
Funky Fox is now complete. His head is pole controlled with a trigger for his mouth. He has a lower body which can be attached for using him as a walk around puppet. I’m hoping to have a demo video of him shortly.
Been Working away on puppets and ran into some technical issues…the eye blinkers I got just didn’t work the way I wanted; idea tossed. The Variform base…didn’t work; idea tossed. So, I went back to the good old carved foam base; this worked fine!
Funky Fox is almost done, maybe about another two weeks and he’ll be set.