PuppetVision Blog Archives: Behind-the-Scenes

An oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Joel Hodgson and the `bots of Mystery Science Theater 3000

One of my favourite shows of the 1990s was Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3k). The cult series has been off the air since 1999, but spawned lots of imitators and is still very much missed by its fans. The recent … Continue reading

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Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge debuts tonight

John Criswell and Peter Brooke on Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

I’m a really big fan of SyFy Channel’s make-up FX competition series, Face/Off, and really excited about the debut of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge which premieres tonight across North America. 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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Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath at Eurofurence

Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath at Eurofurence

UK puppeteers Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath gave a great 90 minute talk about their careers in puppetry and their work on the much-missed TV series Mongrels at the Eurofurence 19 conference in Germany. Continue reading

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Sweet Jennys’ TV Commercial

Sweet Jennys’ TV Commercial

A great example of puppetry being used in local television ads. 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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This 400lbs Animatronic Robot Won Comic-Con

This 400lbs Animatronic Robot Won Comic-Con

What happens when Wired Magazine, the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects team up to build a 400 pound animatronic robot/mech for Comic-Con. 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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King Kong Live on Stage

King Kong Live set model

A really big show – literally – is about to debut in Melbourne, Australia. King Kong is a live stage adaptation of the 1933 Hollywood classic. It features an incredible life-size animatronic King Kong designed and built by The Creature … 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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