Okay, seems that the GtheB forum isn't the "hoppin'-est" place (YET), but when you DO arrive, I'd like to request that anyone who IS a puppeteer drop a little hello in this thread? Introduce yourself. Tell us about your puppets and your projects involving them. Tell us your hopes and fears, your dreams and accomplishments, your tartar sauces and Jujy Fruits!
Puppeteering is not an obvious talent. Its not like you can look someone over at a party or on the street and say "That guy's a puppeteer!" so having interaction with like-minded folk is a rarity in our business. I'd like to bridge that gap here if possible.
I feel a little foolish, as though speaking aloud to an empty room, but here's me:
Gordon Smuder, owner/operator of The Puppet Forge in Minneapolis, MN. I've been doing special effects work for the past 20 years and have always had a propensity towards making and performing puppets.
My current project is Transylvania Television, an al-puppet sitcom for grown-ups. No kiddies allowed. You can watch the pilot episode as well as many other clips and sketches at www.transylvania-tv.com
I also created and performed puppets for contestant Andrew Hunt on the Speilberg/FOX (non)reality show "On The Lot" in his segment called "Spaced Out"... which can be found on You Tube if you look hard enough.
That's the big stuff right now. I'm hardly "all over the place", but I get by.
So... who's next?