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Workshops at the National Puppetry Festival

Have you checked out all of the great workshops coming to the National Puppetry Festival 2015? 3D Printing and Puppets Instructor Laurie Berenhaus Interested in combining cutting-edge technology with traditional mediums? Laurie Berenhaus, Puppet Artist and 3D Modeler/Sculptor will talk about her entry into the field of 3D Printing industry and her work on BYO Puppet, a catalog of modular puppet joints and parts for customizable puppet building.  Laurie will discuss the possibilities of how 3D printing can revolutionize the creator’s toolbox and share resources that can help you take your puppet building to the next level so you can…

Gorillas in the Mist Blog – Part 2

A small crew from Rick Baker’s shop went on location to shoot the gorilla suits and puppets.  The live action footage of real gorillas being gorillas and interacting with Sigourney had been previously shot at the Karasoke Research center in Rwanda. The editor, Stuart Baird had the difficult task of editing scenes of the real gorillas with footage of the actors in gorilla suits.  Scenes with dialogue were shot to tie the story together.  Any scene that had dialogue or gorillas acting would be done with actors in gorilla suits. Most of the outdoor scenes were shot in Kenya.  Interiors…

National Day of Puppetry & World Puppetry Day

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 Celebrate March 21 and all month long! World Puppetry Day celebrates an art form that is as old as the beginning of humankind and is just as relevant today. Every culture has their own history and one is encouraged to borrow freely from each other. The heart of puppetry is a grand and glorious tradition that includes all, transcends languages, and unites the world in a way that is truly unique and powerful. Brian Hull President – Puppeteers of America  Puppeteers of America and UNIMA-USA are proud to present this National Day of Puppetry and World Puppetry Day taking place all over North America and brought to…

The best gorilla puppets and suits that nobody knew they saw…

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If you saw the film “Gorillas in the Mist” you watched scenes of mountain gorillas in the wild.  However, you might not realize that alongside footage of actual mountain gorillas, you were looking at one of the greatest feats of realistic puppet and creature making ever executed by a special effects crew. In  1985 I was the costume shop supervisor for make up effects artist, Rick Baker.  We were finishing up work on the film Harry and the Hendersons when news came that primatologist, Dian Fossey had been  murdered.   I remember I was sitting with several crew members when Rick…