Thursday, 22 July 2010

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this week

Hello there, some quick updates for you. I've been away and then leapt straight into a new puppet build for Birmingham Rep's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for the young Rep, which starts tonight (Thursday). It was a nice project to do obviously involving fish, specifically a shark and giant squid puppet for two key scenes. The commission was to build them in a similar method to the dog and vulture puppets for Phaedra's Love . Using this method for the new puppets worked out rather well, and I was able to try out some new mechanics ideas for the movement of the swimming shark and attacking squid. Although I was happy with the results, and I hope they come out well for the show, I'm already thinking of how I would refine the design for potential future models. Hopefully there will be a chance to try out some more designs for new projects over the next year. That's my current build over, but have got some new puppet designs lined up for the coming couple of months as well as other news, so keep checking back, and if you are around, go and check out 20,000 Leagues at the Rep, it looks great. Meanwhile, I'm going to add some pictures for the Shark and Squid models, and hopefully will be able to add some production photo's later. I also include some building photo's too, although I'm trying to cut down on them...