Sunday, November 27, 2011

PuppetVision: The Movie

I’ve been writing my other blog, PuppetVision, about puppetry in all its forms since 2004. During that time puppetry has undergone an incredible renaissance. My original goal for PuppetVision was to share and help promote some of the incredible puppetry work that was being done by puppeteers all over the world. I'm proud so say that over the past seven and a half years close to half a million individual people have been able to discover and enjoy thousands of puppet films, videos and performances by hundreds of different artists thanks to the site.

What I want to do next is take what I've been doing with PuppetVision - and also here at Machin-X - to a whole new level.

For the past several years as I’ve been filming interviews with and performances by puppeteers in different cities and different countries literally all over the world. This is all going to come together in a documentary next year called PuppetVision: The Movie that will feature interviews with and performances by over sixty different puppeteers from about fifteen different countries, working in just about every style of puppetry that exists...including digital puppetry and Machinima.

My goal is to create a film that can show a mainstream audience (that is, people who don't know much about puppetry, digital or otherwise) just how much amazing work is being done around the world. I also want to give the artists who appear in the film as much exposure and publicity as possible. The finished film will be screened at film, animation and puppetry festivals internationally.

To that end I’ve launched a campaign on IndieGoGo to finish PuppetVision: The Movie. Funds raised will be used to license archival and stock footage that is needed to tell the film's story and to pay for professional sound mixing and colour correction. Best of all, if the campaign reaches its goal, I will be able to release the finished film online for free under a Creative Commons license!

PuppetVision: The Movie will be exploring the past, present and future of puppetry and as you know, I think digital technology is a big part of that future. If you’ve enjoyed Machin-X or the PuppetVision Blog for all these years, please support PuppetVision: The Movie. You’ll get some great perks and I’ll work very hard to not only make a great film, but also introduce you to some incredible puppeteers and show you some things that you’ve never seen before.

You can support this project by becoming a funder right now at

Thank you so much for your support!

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