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Detroit hosts the Motor City Puppet Blast!

Motor City Puppet Blast

This week, the Puppeteers of America Board of Directors convened in Detroit, MI for our annual meetings. We now get to have a BLAST at the Great Plains Regional Festival, AKA “Motor City Puppet Blast.” This amazing 3-day puppetry festival features outstanding performances, film screenings, and workshops, most of which take place at one of the country’s most incredible art museums, the Detroit Institute of Art. On Thursday, we also had the opportunity to visit the beautiful PuppetART Center with its incredible collection of puppets from all over the world. This morning, I went to a workshop called “Tools and…

Does this suit make my hips look wide?

The mink coat comes to life!
Original artwork by Henry Mayo

I’ve heard it said, “There is nothing sexier than a guy in a suit” I am focusing on Ghostbusters for a few blogs because there is an upcoming documentary Cleaning Up The Town, Remembering Ghostbusters, and also the planned re-release of the films next month for the 25th and 30th anniversaries. This week I want to introduce you to two characters from Ghostbusters 2, the Scoleri Brothers. In Ghostbusters 2, Tony and Nunzio Scoleri were ghosts of prisoners executed by the same judge who is hearing the Ghostbusters case. The concept of the Scoleri Brothers was inspired by a pair of…

I Got Slimed!

From the collection of Robin Shelby and Jonathan Le Target

I remember being on set under hot lights, sitting under Slimer as soggy bread, warm mozzarella cheese, slimy cold cuts and K-Y jelly drizzled down on me. I remember thinking (and not for the last time) that the glamorous image of making movies was greatly overstated.  This summer marks 30 years since the release of Ghostbusters and 25 years since the release of Ghostbusters 2.      In 1988 I was part of a team brought to ILM (Lucasfilm’s special effects company in Marin) to help create the creatures for Ghostbusters 2. Creature designer, Tim Lawrence was in charge of bringing…