Puppets and Stop-Motion

The puppet community is a small world and one job usually leads to the next. Sometimes you need to be in the right place a the right time! 

 

I was so happy to get hired on to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance a couple of summers ago. I was assigned to the Skeksi crew where I got to re-create the costume for Ritual Master. Additionally, I draped the General and sewed for the Scroll Keeper. And I got to work with the nicest people on the planet.

With Crank Yankers, I began working professionally in the world of puppets. I am usually making the puppet costumes, which can be a challenge. Puppets have odd body proportions.

 

I learned puppet building on the job at Crank Yankers and it was a natural fit with my background in pattern making.

 

My experience as a puppet builder led me into wrangling for the Muppets, which involves preparing puppets for on camera appearances. I will dress and prep characters as needed, rod their hands and rig props.

 

I also make tiny costumes for stop-motion animation. I apply the same patterning principles as human costumes, but the construction techniques are very different. Due to the tiny scale (I made a sleeve the size of my thumb nail), these costumes have to be engineered with a combination of sewing, glue, and other wizardry. Many of the costumes are also rigged with wires or lined in black foil for animation purposes. 

Ritual Master
Ritual Master

Ritual Master Skeksi for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Ritual Master

Crank Yankers Season 5
Crank Yankers Season 5
Crank Yankers Season 5
Crank Yankers Season 5
Crank Yankers Season 5
Crank Yankers Season 5

Inflatable puppet

Shaq/Maroon 5
Shaq/Maroon 5

Walk About costume for music video

She Kills Monsters
She Kills Monsters

Puppet Design. Cal State LA Gelatinous Cube

The Muppets- Chef
The Muppets- Chef

I made Chef's new costume for the 2015 television show

On set with Fozzie
On set with Fozzie

wrangling Muppets

Stop-Motion

Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World

Costumes to match human wardrobe. Screen Novelties.

Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World

Patterning and construction of costumes. Rigged for animation. Screen Novelties.

McDonald's commercial
McDonald's commercial

Bebe. Designed by Screen Novelties

Tumble Leaf
Tumble Leaf

Stop motion costume construction. Bix Pix.

Tumble Leaf
Tumble Leaf

Costume construction. Bix Pix.

Monster Safari
Monster Safari

Costume construction. Designed by Screen Novelties

Reject All Tobacco
Reject All Tobacco

Costume patterning, millinery and tailoring. Designed by Screen Novelties

Reject All Tobacco
Reject All Tobacco

Costume construction. Designed by Screen Novelties.

Hallmark Hauntington
Hallmark Hauntington

Costume construction. Designed by Screen Novelties.