We’re back from BLFC and had a totally awesome time! One of the best cons we’ve been to and that’s saying a lot since we’ve been going to cons for close to 20 years. We had the puppets out all three days, they were super popular and brought a smile to many faces. Our Saturday panel on social puppeteering went quite well- everyone had tons of fun playing with the puppets at the end of the panel.
We have lots of videos! We’ll post them as quickly as we can.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be performing a puppet show at BLFC this year. However, we will be there- with puppets! We’ll be doing walk around with our characters throughout the con and will be presenting a panel on social puppeteering on Saturday.
We’re working on the next puppet show, this time at www.biggestlittlefurcon.com in Reno. This will be a variety show with music and comedy hosted by Looney Lynx and Funky fox. We’ll have some veteran furry puppeteers joining us so it’s sure to be a great time!
Per requests, here is the slide show from our beginning puppet building panel.
Beginning Puppet Building Slide show from FC 2015
Dave and I are back from our whirlwind weekend at FurCon 2015. The puppet track was a great success- in particular working with the guests of honor, Lex Rudd, Andy Heath and Warrick Brownlow-Pike was a great privilege and great fun.
We will be posting more information from the con shortly.
Shunaka and Shasari
FurCon 2015 Puppet track leads
We’re looking for puppet acts for FurtherConfusion 2015- I’ll let Funky and Looney (as Holmes and Watson) fill in the details:
Been a while since I posted here but, it’s not like things haven’t been happening.
The plans for the Puppet track at FC 2015 are moving along- hoping to have at least 5 panels devoted to puppetry from beginning building to voice acting and puppet manipulation. Best of all, our guests of honor are set and ready to go- we’re going to have Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy J. Heath of Mongrels fame along with Lex Rudd– awesome puppet builder and former contestant on Henson’s Creature Shop.
I’m also working on some new puppets- a coyote puppet for video work and some hand puppets.
Great video puppet workshop by Lee Armstrong & Camela Portuges of Images In Motion and the SFBA puppet guild this weekend. Learned a lot! Thanks Lee & Cam!
One thing I learned was that the white burnout I’ve been having trouble with on my puppets with white fur is because the white needs to be toned down. So, I’ll be airbrushing in some black over the white fur to make it more gray. Also, I’m going to be working on some DIY dimmers so I can control the lighting a little better.
I’ll post a video at some point to show the difference between the untreated and air brushed fur.
I wanted to construct a puppet based on a simpler design that would be 1) quicker and 2) smaller. This is ‘Shing Dragon’ who is based on a glorified sock puppet pattern from Project Puppet. I increased the pattern size by 110 percent and made the eyes, teeth, horns, nose and claws from Premo polymer clay. I added some airbrushing to the belly and fur fringes to give the features some depth. Not sure of this ones personality yet- have to work on that.
We set up our camcorder in the main room at Biggest Little Fur Con in Reno, NV, took the boys out and just started riffing.
The con itself was great, we had a lot of fun and will be back again. Maybe we’ll do a show next time.