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Felt Quest - puppets playing RPGs  (Read 1632 times)
wogoat
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:53:08 pm »

I've been working for nearly a year on this project and last week I finally did my first day of filming.

The basic concept is puppet versions of fantasy adventure character archetypes attempt to play roleplaying games (ala Dungeons and Dragons) during their downtime.  I've filmed most of the footage for a pilot episode and am beginning the process of editing it.

There were a total of eight puppets created for this, although only four even appear in the footage shot so far.  I hope to upload images of the individual puppets along with some insights into the design and creation.

I've built a few puppets off and on over the past 10 years, but this is by far the biggest scale production I have ever attempted and am excited that it is finally bearing fruit!

This is my first production still:
wogoat
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2016, 12:08:37 pm »

A few more screen capture images that show off the puppets a little better:



SandPunk
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016, 12:59:26 pm »

I like this concept. I know there are at least two "toy/puppet" centric systems out there. What system are you running for the game?
wogoat
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2016, 03:15:38 pm »

It's never explicit so far what they're actually playing.  It's not the puppets actually playing a game, but more of a series of skits of how things go horribly wrong when they try to play.

The books we've been using as props are all Dungeons and Dragons, but if the pilot goes well one of the things I plan on doing is making covers for a fictional system that they are playing.  Given the opportunity, I'd love to recreate classic GM screen designs with all the characters drawn as puppets instead.
wogoat
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2017, 06:53:18 pm »

It's been a while, but I finally have the pilot episode I created for this project online.  You can view it on YouTube!

https://youtu.be/p8Ji6P4YBkM

I hope you enjoy!
Puppet_Dude
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 02:41:50 pm »

Awesome!
wogoat
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 06:14:41 pm »

I ended up making 8 puppets for this project, four of which never even show up in the video I made.
Hopefully I'll be able to use them for a later episode or production.

« Last Edit: April 17, 2017, 06:21:16 pm by wogoat »
Snail
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 04:24:25 pm »

I like the richness of character in the voices, script, and variety of puppets, very interesting.  Looks like you all were having a lot of fun.
wogoat
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2017, 12:53:13 pm »

I like the richness of character in the voices, script, and variety of puppets, very interesting.  Looks like you all were having a lot of fun.

I was very fortunate to be able to work with some talented voice actors, one of whom already had some puppetry experience.

Response has been pretty positive so far, I really hope I get to make more soon.
Dr Popet
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2017, 04:26:38 am »

I really like the project, nice script and voices, original idea, I will added to my puppets blog to promote.

I know is the first one but care the direction of the puppets (not an easy task), sometimes they look dead or looking to ceiling, they need to use a little bit more the hands because they are still in a floating position.

I hope this help to make it better, I had to watch it twice because I like it. LOL
pagestep007
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2017, 08:14:32 pm »

Great! How did you get so many people working with you?
wogoat
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 12:31:24 am »

I know is the first one but care the direction of the puppets (not an easy task), sometimes they look dead or looking to ceiling, they need to use a little bit more the hands because they are still in a floating position.

The biggest obstacle to this was the set.  We had the table lifted up but it was not nearly high enough, we did not have the room to properly maneuver and it really hampered our ability to control the puppets.  If I am able to do any more we're going to have to entirely rethink the set.  Once that's done we can focus much more on improving the puppeteering.

Great! How did you get so many people working with you?

Mostly, I called in a lot of favors.  And I provided food, having craft services available goes a LONG way towards attracting help.
silver1405
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 04:20:43 am »

Loved it. As a puppet enthusiast and a long time table-top rpg gamer I found this to be very amusing. I absolutely love the little dragon who read the adventure beforehand! Well done to all involved and I look forward to future episodes.
DrPuppet
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 10:25:56 am »

This is really cool. I've been working on a series of Knight puppets since last year. I love that they are playing table top. I'm not sure I've ever seen this before.

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