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Dream project almost done  (Read 5104 times)
TygerMin
« on: August 20, 2016, 11:53:29 am »

I signed up to this forums about 4 years ago, with the plan to bring a character of mine to life. 



Didn't tackle the character right away due to fear and chased a variety of other projects over the years.  I have learned a lot through these boards and I am finally realizing that dream.  While I chose to go with a mascot version, I have used the puppet making skills outlined in the many posts and links from this site.  So thank you Shawn and other members Smiley





Still struggling with the idea of things needing to be perfect.  I can see a variety of issues with that character, but trying to let it slide as part of the character and process.  And since this was made with a modified Melonhead pattern, the mouthplate could become functional.  Just have to figure that aspect out Smiley
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2016, 06:39:34 am »

I remember this guy!  Good to see you are getting around to bringing him to life!
pagestep007
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2016, 10:46:56 am »

It certainly is looking like your concept drawing (looking good) Remember, there is a difference between excellence and perfection. Excellence, you do your best, perfection you get screwed up, because nothing is ever perfect. I like the saying , 'aim for the moon , to hit the tree'. Another thing is, the more puppets you do , the better constructed they become (usually) Keep at it, and have fun (don't forget the 'have fun' part)
Snail
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2016, 10:58:50 am »

I like him, simple and happy looking, he's a winner.
TygerMin
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2016, 01:31:42 pm »

Thanks Smiley  Definitely having fun, though the next step is the scary step.  Planning on using this character to live out several dreams and ideas I have worked towards over the past several years, many which I have attempted to start and have given up on.  His focus is to explore dreams and ideas, and this will start with a YouTube channel but I hope to take him out in an entertainer role as well.  Still figuring out all the details.  When he was created, my dream was to host concerts, hence the guitar.  Will look at that angle, but will also use the puppets I have created meaning he will also explore puppetry.  And for the necessary "dumb" joke, going to have to do a video where he wonders if his lips are moving while doing a ventriloquist act :D  Want to explore others dreams and jobs through Skype and in person interviews, want to film him doing science experiments, box opening videos, Let's Play gaming videos, visiting landmarks and tourist attractions, etc...  Stepping out of my comfort zone in a major way here.
TygerMin
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 06:55:00 am »

Well, that dream lasted for only 1 promo video lol.  Show is still happening, but I am the main character now.  Common sense should have told me a mascot talking to the camera is not only boring but its difficult to do anything with that vision.  He will still be used because I will film the mascot in public for the show.  My puppets will also make some appearances. 
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 07:20:24 am »

I would have to agree that as a "host" a mascot may not work that well.  Even in the live action shows using body characters there are always live actors.  I think he can still do quite a bit though. Especially with video. Just a bit of editing and there you are with him interacting. Wink
TygerMin
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2016, 08:41:36 am »

That is a great idea!  Would have made a better character introduction video than the one I posted today.  It also gives me a few ideas for upcoming bits, since it is a show about exploring new things. 

If anyone is interested, the channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3gWR9B-yYqNtsLRnOg7ysA

I have some older videos up, and the last 3 posted were more introductory.  A children's book review with my daughter and the puppet J.D. will be posted on Thursday, and next week I will post a game challenge between the mascot Tyger, the puppet Edgaaar, and myself.  An online snake type game, going to see who gets the highest score in 2 games.  Thinking about doing one where I build a new character from a Project Puppet pattern as well. 
Snail
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2016, 10:08:14 am »

I am having trouble catching what your dream or purpose is, it seems so broad to me.  Are there certain directions that your ideas will go in?  Who is your target audience, kids, adults, anyone?  Is it purely entertainment or teaching? Mascots are often advertising, are you advertising something?  
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TygerMin
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2016, 10:21:31 am »

It is very broad.  I have chosen to go with an idea that starts with no clear direction or audience.  Put simply, I want to try a lot of stuff and share the adventure of trying a lot of stuff.  Some of the stuff will just be me, some stuff with my daughter, some stuff with puppets, and some stuff with the mascot.  From small things like trying games, unboxing videos, trying new hobbies, and doing science projects to larger things like parachuting, visiting landmarks/attractions, or going on a mission's trip.  The show itself is part of the process, and will adapt as I go along.  The overall concept is exploring dreams and will be both entertainment and hopefully some teaching.  The mascot is more for entertainment and the plan is for him to show up at some family events just to interact with people, kind of like costuming but doing an original character. 

Not sure if that makes much sense.  So this week I did videos based off of:

I want to do a Geek Fuel box opening video.
I want to review a children's book with a puppet and my daughter.
I want to interview my daughter about her dream.
I want to tell people about the characters I will be using.
TygerMin
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2016, 10:54:59 am »

Such a wide range of videos doesn't really promote something that is subscriber friendly.  Depending on tags, I may see an increase of views when I post a video trying out spray paint art versus a video where I review a movie.  However, for each week the plan is to start off with an intro video discussing what I will be doing and end the week with a recap video where I talk about the experiences I tried.  

For example, the first week intro is here:  https://youtu.be/bM0SUK-9kr8

Now, I admit that I have a lot of work for screen presence but that is partly due to fear.  I have all these ideas in my head, all these things that I want to try, but I am a socially awkward introvert who struggles with follow through.  If something gets hard, like most ideas do, then I want to run away.  This show's real purpose, at least for me, is to push my boundaries and force me out of a comfort zone.  It will also create some unique and fun memories and experiences.  The second purpose, I hope, is to encourage others to do the same.
Snail
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2016, 07:22:51 pm »

I watched your intro, You do not seem like an introvert to me at all.  You have a lot of personality.  You are the kind of out front person I would like in front of my puppet stage. "Trying New Things" (TNT) I get that, curiosity and exploration.  Maybe it would be interesting to group similar new things together in a theme per week.  If topic is interesting to you then your enthusiasm can make it interesting to others. You are right it will evolve so maybe it is good that it is broad now so that you can let it take you the direction that it was meant to go.
Chris Arveson
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2016, 08:10:34 pm »

I understand the introversion. It doesn't mean that you can't do absolutely amazing work out front, only that it is very resource-intensive, and therefore, exhausting. The urge to run away is something to which I can certainly relate.

All I can do is encourage you to press on. The talent is there. Just prepare to take naps afterward, lol.
TygerMin
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2016, 09:54:30 pm »

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You do not seem like an introvert to me at all.  You have a lot of personality.  You are the kind of out front person I would like in front of my puppet stage.

Thanks Smiley  Now I just need to get that guy out in front of people.  While it is easier to do stuff online and in front of camera, I still fight fear and doubt which intensifies in person.  Which is weird, I am an AGM of a museum gift shop and deal with people all day.  And I once was a tour guide at a mammoth site.  It makes no sense.

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"Trying New Things" (TNT) I get that, curiosity and exploration.  Maybe it would be interesting to group similar new things together in a theme per week.

Much better wording than "I want to"!  Might steal that :D

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  It doesn't mean that you can't do absolutely amazing work out front, only that it is very resource-intensive, and therefore, exhausting. The urge to run away is something to which I can certainly relate.

Yes!  Very difficult to explain, but that nails it. 

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All I can do is encourage you to press on. The talent is there.

Thank you!  Pushing forward even though I question it daily.
TygerMin
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2016, 08:53:26 am »

My puppets challenged me to a game of slither.io

https://youtu.be/IKljpZNQgvA

Puppets take the screen at 2:25.  I played fully as them, meaning my dominant hand was working the mouth, and I used the mouse with their furry hand.  Was fun and difficult :D
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