I had the pleasure to shoot another as the puppeteer of The Duck in a video with Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Aftab Pureval. He is running for US Congress in 2018. This will be the second time in almost two years that I have voiced and puppeteered The Duck for campaign videos for Aftab. Here is a link to the other videos that I perform The Duck: CLICK HERE TO WATCH
While it may seem easy, providing the character voice and holding the puppet up into frame for the camera to see, requires me to hide myself behind Aftab while keeping The Duck puppet steady and in the shot.
You may be wondering where The Duck puppet came from. The puppet was purchased by Aftab’s campain staff a couple years ago when he was running for Hamilton County Clerk of Courts (He WON!). It was created by puppet builder Steve Axtell of Axtell Expressions.
This particular shoot was made on location at a private residence in Downtown Cincinnati. Many thanks to the camera crew, and Aftab’s campaign manager Sarah Topy for having me back as The Duck’s puppeteer. I will be certain to share the video when it is posted online. Best wishes AFTAB!
I am not certain at this time when and where the guest segment will air around the country at this time. As soon as more info is available, I will be sure to share it. Many thanks to CET TV producer Don Hancock (who has a few Emmy Awards with his name on them) for letting me know this exciting news.
Please enjoy this short video featuring Coleman the Sasquatch:
What a wonderful year 2017 has been from Wump Mucket Puppets!
We have has the pleasure of performing for so many happy children and their families over the year. Your laughter and smiles are precious gifts. Thank you for letting us share joy with you through the magic of puppetry. Have a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic 2018!
Wump Mucket Puppets performing for the CET Kids Klub event in 2014.
Working with the production crew from CET was a fantastic experience for me. Everyone was great during the two day shoot, and worked hard to make my puppets look wonderful on camera. I encourage you to show your support of their work, and all PBS productions, by making a pledge of support to CET or your local PBS television station if you are able.
Original photo collage made to promote the January 7, 2017 broadcast of The Art Show.
After you watch the show, leave a brief message on the Wump Mucket Puppets official Facebook page , and let us know what you thought of our guest appearance. We love to hear from our friends and fans. Who knows, maybe one of these days, Wump Mucket Puppets may have their very own television program! Thanks for watching everyone!
It was a wonderful summer for the cast of Wump Mucket Puppets, performing “Bee Happy” to thousands of happy kids throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Massachusetts too. Don’t worry if you missed it, the show is booked onSeptember 9th and 16thas well as several dates in 2018.
We are excited that Autumn is not far away, and with that cooler weather and plenty of leaves to rake. Oh, that fun holiday called Halloween is coming too! This means that Witch Willie and Morty the Ghost will be out and about performing The Kooky Spooky Halloween Show. Have you started working on your costume yet?
See you in the audience! The Wump Mucket Puppets love ya!
Wump Mucket Puppets are very proud to be a part of the 2017 season premiere of The Art Show on CET Public Television Cincinnati’s PBS TV station. Here is the entire program, we are the first segment. Thanks to producer Don Hancock and his entire production team for producing such a wonderful program that feature artists. Please help support your local PBS station if you are able.
The entire production process was nothing short of fantastic, everyone involved are among the best in their fields. I also wish to thank the staff of The Taft Museum for all of their help while the television crew shot my performance for use in the program.
I am very please to share with my family, friends, and fans the trailer to promote the short film A Show of Hands, directed by Wright State University film student Sean W. Mangan. The portrait documentary looks into a dark time in my life, and how I found happiness through puppetry.
I know that it’s been MONTHS since I updated this little blog. I shall try harder to keep our friends and fans up to date on the wonderful and wacky world of Wump Mucket Puppets. I bet you are wondering what’s all this documentary talk? Well I hope you are. Let me explain…
A couple of weeks ago I received an email fromWright State Universityfilm student Sean Mangan. He asked if I would be interested in being the subject of a portrait documentary that he was directing for his film making class. His film’s purpose is to explore a human being’s story and find a way to make it relatable to an audience. I called him soon after I read the email and arranged a meeting at Wump Mucket HQ (our living room).
Our first meeting went very well. As it turns out, Sean was referred to me by another puppeteer and friend. We talked about the time commitment and began to work out a shooting schedule. During the following week, I emailed several of my clients to obtain permission to allow a film crew to follow me around at their event. The replies were all very positive, and the clients expressed their support and interest in this film. Yahoo!
Finally it was time for our first day of shooting. On October 9th we shot my interview for the film. Sean and his crew member Eric Dickey arrived with a LOAD of film equipment. It was cool to see our living room gradually turn into a mini film studio, as Sean and Eric set up all the lights required to get the right look for the film.
I made certain that I had a cup of tea, and a bottle of water on hand, for what turned out to be what I feel was a great interview. Sean’s questions were very thoughtful. His film is allowing me to tell my story as a performing puppeteer and explain what life events and challenges I have encountered during this adventure in puppetry.
I invite you to followWump Mucket Puppets on Facebook. I have posted a few photos on that page, and will be adding more as this production continues next week with a camera following me behind the scenes at my puppet show. Puppets ROCK!
The wait is over! Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!
The first of five public service announcements (PSA) that were produced by staff and students ofCincinnati State Collegefor theCity of Cincinnati Public Services departmentis ready for your viewing pleasure.
It was a fantastic experience to work with the crew, and help Cincinnati’s Public Services department encourage the citizens of our city to recycle in a fun way. Cyril got a chuckle of seeing himself in a video with Mayor John Cranley.
Be sure to recycle no matter where you live to help keep our planet green and clean.