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« on: October 07, 2012, 09:24:22 pm »

HI, I have just handed in the last 20 of a series of 67 short programs to be transmitted on Christian TV here in Colombia. I have uploaded them all to youtube, but have only subtitled 20 into English so far. I will make them public as I subtitle them. This episode is our querky presenter's father Berdinand Spark. Hard to believe this was done just before the puppeteer went into University.... 6 years ago! He has just graduated with a degree in acting. We have just started doing new stuff with him now he is out of suspended animation. Subscribe to the channel  to get  notified of  further episodes  when subtitles are done, and any new material I upload.

Chris Arveson
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012, 07:44:20 am »

looked pretty cool to me.
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2012, 02:45:16 pm »

 Episode 21 subtitled into English. A walk down memory lane. My daughter was the flower.

« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 03:10:35 pm »

These are great! Really love the sets you have built, and the flower is cute - you are being upstaged your daughter gave a scene stealing performance! Smiley I'm off to subscribe to your channel as I would like to hear more of the translated versions as well! 
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 03:17:08 pm »

Just watched your Nessie video - Really loved the Nessie puppet!! I'd love to hear this one translated!

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Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2012, 08:12:02 am »

Very nicely done! Did you do the animation also? I almost missed the puppets closing their eyes when they prayed. That was a cool little detail that you added. Smiley
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 09:15:46 am »

Yes, Shawn I did do the animation. Its an oldie so I am not that proud of it. No lip sinc at all for example. ┬┤What we do these days is way better. And the techniques these days in 2D animation is verging on puppetry. We use Anime Studio. You build a 'puppet' out of vectors,or images in layers, and attach bones, and then position them on a timeline using the bones, and the computer moves them. Much like shadow puppetry. Really easy and quick. You can even record movements by moving the bones in real time, which the program records, and  then repeat back for you. Lip sincing is even automatic...I don't know why more animators have not found the program. What used to take me three days, I can do in about 20 mins now.
  The closed eyes on the puppets is just editing. We pin the pupil into the eyeball, then when they need to be closed, cut to the other puppet for a comment, change the pupils for a piece of shoe lace with a pin  melted into each end to then pin into each side of the eyeball. A temporary eyelid in cloth, stuck with double sided tape or rolled masking tape is even better looking. Then when the prayer is over, cut to a shot with the pupil back in place. If the  puppet is a generic, you can replace the whole eye with a closed one for the  closed eye shot.
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2012, 09:21:45 am »

Ah, yet another gold plated tip from pagestep007, about the closed eyes this time! That hadn't dawned on me to do it like that. Very clever!! Smiley
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2012, 07:49:37 pm »

BoozbandPuppets...'Nessie'  has subtitles in English now Smiley
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 05:39:08 pm »

Happy New Year to all! And to see this year out ... here is an episode for all you sports people out there

« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2013, 08:28:26 pm »

Hi, Just thought I'd post another episode, since I did the subtitles for all you English speakers(make sure you have your subtitles turned on.) Para todos quien hablan Espanol, bendiciones.

« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 09:11:49 am »

Anyone Hungry? Chewy Ching, a chef from Huan Ding  tells of how he got out of financial ruin when  no-one wants  more rice.

« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2014, 08:59:30 pm »

Hi Guys, another episode recorded and edited, but its a bit of a secret because it's going on a DVD. Maybe we might  give you a sneak preview later...in the meantime a test using free software, 'Blender' to do a key.

« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 10:27:45 pm »

Anyone Hungry? Chewy Ching, a chef from Huan Ding  tells of how he got out of financial ruin when  no-one wants  more rice.
I really want to like this - it's always fun to watch puppetry in Spanish - but the racial caricature that's been done with that chef's puppet is...muy lamentable (por decirlo educadamente).
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2014, 05:47:07 pm »

Oh dear Andrew, Have we offended?
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2014, 07:22:36 pm »

I do think it's rather unfortunate to present an Asian character like that. Most of the most of the people of Chinese origin I've ever known would be either hurt, angry or offended by the whole slanted eyes look with the sing-song accent and bowing. I really do think that's horribly condescending.

It harkens back to old racist attitudes that portrayed Chinese people as silly, child-like and inferior to people of other nationalities and perpetuates a lot of stereotypes. Don't you think?

Don't take my word for it. Show this to a lot of strangers of Chinese origin. Ask them for their opinion on it.
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2014, 12:13:12 pm »

 My post to this thread don't seem to be uploading....  but here is a short behind the scenes . See if the  system is working.

« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2016, 09:20:01 am »

 We have just finished  filming 4 episodes of Porque Oramos... and are editing them out... and they will likely be the last in the series, which ended up about a hundred all told.
    A few years ago we filmed onto tape, and my son borrowed the camera to film a concert...unfortunately the tape I gave him had these 4 episodes .. and they were recorded over.  So, we decided that we would recoup those scripts and redo them, This time in HD. I am pleased to see the improvement in technique, and our main puppeteer, Francisco, also used these as editing learning projects. He did a good job. (yay someone else in editing to help !)   

We have also just finished a half hour project on sales techniques. A first for us as a paid project. We were two days in three shops filming, all to the great interest of the staff and public. The audio recording setup died, but we used a cel phone which yeilded good results. We did do a lot of audio replacing (RDA) due to ambient noise in the shop, which was a good experience (puppets lip sinc so much better than people) and ...clients are happy, we are happy, and looking forward to doing some more.  ... next one a short clip on  recycling.
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2017, 09:53:25 am »

 Hi all,   I thought I would wrap up this thread... after several years of on and off filming, and having a great time, and learning lots, I have decided to end production of this series. We have other things to work on (puppet of course), and we got more mileage out of the series than I thought we would. We did in the end, 76  episodes and another 20 under the ownership of a TV channel here in Colombia, plus a few bits and pieces here and there. Right now the final twenty or thirty episodes are getting prepped for satellite transmission for a final run around the globe . The idea for the program came as a systems test, but just kept going, and I was thrilled with  the distance it went. I moth balled it several times, but took it out again when people interested in it encouraged me to. There does not seem to be anyone around right now interested in continuing with it, so, it is closed. (Mind you, the set is now neatly packed away in the attic... ) It was fitting I think, that the final episode I edited was this one below. We had a great,  great ride ... but now onto other things puppet. I am grateful that over the years we  have had the  opportunity to learn, to improve technique in all areas, and we are  pleased with where we are at from a technical point of view. It  would be  nice to actually get paid for it, but it  was all great fun.  So....Erica says it well: (oh, forgot..it's in Spanish - should have put subtitles for you...) Her  best friend is moving away, but they will  not  forget each other, and one day, they will see each other again in heaven.

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2017, 07:08:07 am »

I really do need to learn Spanish. Smiley  Great set, editing and manipulation! 76 episodes is a very respectable run.
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2017, 06:46:18 pm »

Thanks Shawn. Yes, it was a great run. Just a few stats : The set cost me $2:50 for a set of hinges. The rest was from recycled stuff from off the street. The series was great for training and newbies got to be guests. Editing took me three days for the first episode, but got down to 3hrs in the end, and apart for lunch we usually supplied, each episode had a budget of about $5.00 for transport...and in a few  months will have been transmitted via satellite to 6 continents. Smiley
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2017, 12:30:05 pm »

Impressive to see how you do so much with so little, God is multiplying your work with eternal dividends.
The Director
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2017, 07:38:45 pm »

Bravo my friend
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