PuppetVision Blog Archives: Feature Films

How The Muppets Revolutionized Movie Credits

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie

That time Jim Henson helped revolutionize movie credits, or how The Muppet Movie paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading

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Puppeteering Gravity

Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Gravity won big at the Academy Awards on the weekend, receiving seven well-deserved Oscars including Best Visual Effects. That result was entirely expected since Alfonso Cuaron’s ”impossible movie” couldn’t have been made without several brand new, ground-breaking visual effects techniques. In fact, … Continue reading

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Making Pacific Rim’s “Rollie Pollies”

Making Pacific Rim’s “Rollie Pollies”

A brief glimpse at the making of “Rollie Pollies” for the new movie Pacific Rim in the workshop of Spectral Motion. Continue reading

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Designing China Girl

Designing China Girl

A look at using a practical marionette performed by Philip Hubner to create a digitally animated character in Oz the Great and Powerful. Continue reading

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Another frame from PuppetVision: The Movie

Hand Elephant from PuppetVision: The Movie

Following up on the image released last month, here’s another still from PuppetVision: The Movie the feature length documentary I’m producing that is loosely based on, well, the blog you’re reading. Look for more updates here soon!

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A frame from PuppetVision: The Movie

Frame from PuppetVision: the Movie

When it’s complete later this year, PuppetVision: The Movie is going to consist of about 138,240 frames… Continue reading

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Phillip Huber and the China Girl

James Franco with the China Girl in “Oz The Great and Powerful”

Ain’t It Cool News has been doing a series of interviews from the set of Oz The Great and Powerful an upcoming Disney film directed by Sam Raimi. One of the interviews features Master marionette puppeteer Phillip Huber, who performed … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel’s Animatronic Troll

Animatronic Troll head built for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

The reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters haven’t been kind, but one aspect of the movie that does look very impressive is this fantastic animatronic troll head that was made for the movie by Spectral Motion. You can briefly … Continue reading

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How they built better Terminators

Terminator skull

The Stan Winston School of Character Arts has posted a great behind-the-scenes look at the improved T-800 Terminator robots that were built as practical puppets for the 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As they point out in their post, although today “T2″ is … Continue reading

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Restoring the Skeksis

Restoring the Skeksis

In this video instalment of the Jim Henson Co. Podcast from earlier this year, the Creature Shop’s Head of Puppet Fabrication, Julie Zobel, explains the process of restoring several Skeksis puppets from The Dark Crystal that are on display at the Jim Henson Company … Continue reading

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