Drawing on the 3-season video web series, Harold and Me, veteran puppeteer and filmmaker Donald Devet discusses and demonstrates step by step how one person with little or no budget can conceive and create high quality puppet videos. Donald addresses a host of techniques including the advantages of multiple layers of graphics, split screen and green screen shooting, creating virtual sets using stock images, as well as tips on effective scripting and distributing your work. Donald will screen and dissect numerous examples from the web series showing how one person can juggle all the essentials of producing a puppet video and not go crazy.
A 40-year veteran of puppetry and television, Donald began his career puppeteering on a children’s TV show when in high school. Then, while serving in the Army in Korea during the Vietnam War, his puppets found a home on the American Forces Korean Network. From Korea to Charlotte, an 11-year career as an Instructional TV Producer lead Donald to Drew Allison; together they developed Grey Seal Puppets. Then a move to New York City was an opportunity for Donald to produce special programming for The Newshour on PBS. Donald is currently the electronic consultant and webmaster for UNIMA-USA.