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PuppetVision and Machin-X Digital Puppetry  (Read 17053 times)
Shawn Sorrell
« on: May 31, 2009, 12:59:37 pm »

Many of you may be aware of Andrews puppetbuilding.com site but did you know he has at least two other great sites?

PuppetVision Blog is a great place to keep up on the news about puppetry in video and film from around the world.  Andrew seems to be connected in with about just every puppet site out there and seems to write almost every day about something he has found on one of them. That is where I learned about this sweet little gem on YouTube.

Machin-X: Digital Puppetry reflects Andrews interest in real-time animation.  While his post are not as often on this blog there is some great information there on computer puppetry.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009, 02:30:10 pm »

 spin Very funny video

I guess bear city web belong to Him too!
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009, 04:54:53 pm »

Thanks for the plug Shawn. Poor Machin-X really is neglected.
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 06:39:27 pm »

I was really impressed with that video. Is it all digital or are there really marionettes used in it?
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 11:03:49 pm »

Unconfirmed on IMDB (a user comment says...) that Henson Co. did the film

« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 01:11:20 am »

I don't think those are marionettes, I'm pretty sure they were performed Bunraku-style and the puppeteers were digitally removed from the shots.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009, 01:18:47 am »

Really? They seem very marionette like to me (but I defer to those who have more experience).
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 02:15:21 am »

Watching it again, they could very well be marionettes in some shots. Some of the movements, especially with their heads, would be really difficult to achieve with marionettes. There's also a lot of compositing, which wouldn't be necessary if you were using marionettes so I made an assumption based on that. They definitely try to make them marionette-like.

Maybe they were a blending of techniques? The heads seem like they are done as hand puppets or Bunraku-style a lot, but the arms look almost like they were on strings. I wish there was a "making of"!
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2009, 03:04:33 am »

Well, whatever they did, I thought it was excellent. (And better than Mamma Mia)
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2009, 03:23:01 am »

I liked the video....I think they have blended the
techniques...the presentation is good.

Thanks for sharing the link.
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2009, 03:40:54 am »

it is great and a great puppeteering
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2009, 07:06:57 pm »

That was so well done, its fantastic!
Chris Arveson
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009, 07:15:08 pm »

I have absolutely no idea how that was done, but I loved it. But then, if if's Abba, in my book it's OK!
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2009, 08:50:08 pm »

Great video..... saved to my favs................ Thanks Shawn, Andrew and whoever is possible.

Billy D.
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 06:34:12 pm »

I haven't even watched this yet myself but just saw it on you tube thumbnails and thought I'd post it before I go to work


Sorry no time to embed it properly.
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