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Back in September I was involved in a music video shoot with Scary Bear Soundtrack -- a band I've collaborated with before -- for their song "Pyongyang". And the video is finally done!

My puppets feature heavily in the video, and I even sneak in there myself.

Scary Bear Soundtrack - Pyongyang (official music video) - YouTube


We shot the whole thing in one long, exhausting, and extremely fun day. The director, Steven Hunt of SDC Video, was really receptive to suggestions from everyone. Puppeteers often have strong opinions about how their puppets should be filmed, and it was cool that I could say things like "I think this should be a series of two-shots" and be really listened to.


What are you still reading this for? Watch the video!
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For almost a year now, I've been a contributor to the children's website Super Simple. They produce a ton of kids' content for the internet, especially animated YouTube videos. My job has been to create blog posts, mostly about science, with activities that preschoolers can do.

Two of my posts have been about puppets, with templates that kids (with their parents' help) can print out and assemble.

Here's one that went up today: a puppet of Peekaboo Cat, a character from one of their most popular videos. I'm really pleased with this one; I designed the puppet so that it can actually play peekaboo!

Peekaboo | Original Children's Song | Peek-a-boo Song for Kids | Let's play Peek A Boo! - YouTube


And back in June, for Super Simple's dinosaur week, I modified my blackbird puppet once again to make a puppet of the German pterosaur Pterodactylus. It was really important to me that it be accurate, so I actually consulted with some paleontologists and paleoartists to make sure I had all the shapes and proportions right.

(In the picture below, the eyeball is much higher on the head than it's supposed to be. That big bump is actually the pterosaur's soft tissue head crest.)


Super Simple does a lot of great work, and I'm proud to be associated with them! Their video series "Sing Along With Tobee" features the puppetry skills of Trish Leeper, who was the body performer of Ma Gorg on Fraggle Rock.
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My supporters on Patreon paid for a blue bike light, which I'll be using as a special effect in my puppet show, "Channels".

Here's a little video showing how it will work:

Blue Light Special | The Abstractions: Patreon Update #3 - YouTube


You can see all my video updates for as little as a dollar a month by becoming a patron!
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I've just started a Patreon page for my puppetry projects. If you enjoy my work and want to see me make more of it -- and if you can afford it -- please consider becoming a patron. Thank you!
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