Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A sneak peak into....

HEAD 2...

And nothing more to say right now...

Friday, July 24, 2015

One Week!

So I did it!

And she showed up!

This makes me officially the luckiest man alive.

Great picture from Corey Lynne Tucker Photography

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back soon...

With a new weight on my left hand 

In the meantime here's a very old picture to laugh at...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Morning Coffee... And a special guest...

This mug is Gabe's fault...
And I love him for it

And this is Gabe... 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Elmwood is screening everywhere!!!

We're keeping busy this summer and fall!!!  
And we want you to be part of the puppet fun!

Up first on 8/21 and 8/22 we'll be screening our latest short film "THE RISLEY BROTHERS"at Paris In Plantsville as part of a double feature with "THE HOLLOW WALTZ" from Euphio Films.

Then on 8/28 "HEAD" returns to the screen!  Join us at BEST VIDEO in Hamden for a night of horror and laughs!  Thanks to The Desutory Theatre Club for making this happen!

And we haven't forgotten about "JOSH AND TODD"!!!  A special screening to benefit the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown!  The screening is being hosted by the fine folks at Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"I've Become My Own Cliche" Jani Lane

Found this buried in a bin of puppets....
1997 Warrant Tank Top.
Got this when I went to Toad's Place to see the band with Tricky, Itch E., and a gentleman named Andy...
 I was never really a fan of the band.  Itch and Tricky kept trying to get me into them.  Then I heard the 1996 album "Belly 2 Belly Vol. 1"
And it wasn't the "Cherry Pie" Warrant.  I dug it.  It was heavy, musically and thematically.
So I was happy to go to the show.

After we stuck around to meet the band.  I had most of them sign the shirt.  
And Itch made sure we got pictures...  And he even sent  them to "Metal Edge".
I hung onto this all those years.  Dug it out to get a laugh today...

I think Andy must have took the pictures, since he's not in them...

Here's a track from Belly 2 Belly...

Jani Lane passed away in 2011, after years of substance abuse issues.
I hope he found peace.

And it still fits!!!

And thanks to Nate for crushing on me more than Jani in the 1997 picture....

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ain't Elmwood Cool?

Ain't It Cool News - one of the web's most beloved movie sites has just posted a review of HEAD
And they got it...   "Ambush Bug" who wrote the review totally got what we were trying to do with the flick, and seemed to have enjoyed it...  Read the review for yourself!
Click HERE for the review

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Did you know...

Did you know that you could watch the first Elmwood Productions feature film;
online for free?

Cuz you can!

Or you can stream it or buy it HERE...

Or watch it free, and if you like it then stream it or buy it!
Your support keep us making flicks!

Maria! Oh no!

My first ever "crush" as a kid...  Is retiring...  
Makes me feel old.  
At the same time I think: "We should all be so lucky to love a job so much" that we stay for 44 years...  
Thank you Sonia for helping me learn my ABC's and so much more.  The old  'hood won't be the same without you.

Good luck and again, thank you.

For the record...  Joan Jett was my second crush.

And Brie is my forever crush

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Feeling Famous...

Have you read J. Timothy Quirk's The Crayon Diary?

Well you should!  Some weird puppeteer (and his future wife) got featured yesterday!

Monday, June 29, 2015

If it's good enough for E.T....

Went to Starbucks to grab a coffee...
Saw "Justin's" peanut butter cups and figured; "Sure I'll try that."

Sorry Justin.  After having a taste of your brand I'm gonna stick with my good old buddy Reese.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Gonna Watch The Big Screen In My Head"

Thank the Gods of Music for vinyl...
And thank Tricky for this one...   And Brie for the player...

Making puppets and drinking coffee.  Must be morning.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

At least she didn't sparkle....

So I've been working late nites at my "day job" this week...  And each nite I have had a really odd dream.
But what I woke up with in my head today was a winner....  

I'm having my morning coffee and Ally Sheedy* shows up at my kitchen window.  It's just about dawn and she's wearing sunglasses and looks scared.  She asks if she can come in.  So, since she's Ally Sheedy, I say sure.  
Somehow magically she appears at my kitchen table, and has a coffee.  She didn't use a door or the window.  Just poof, she's there.

I jump a foot and she asks me to relax; "Although I am a vampire, I'm not going to bite you.  It's too close to morning to do that."

I'm sorry...  Ally Sheedy is a vampire?

She goes on to tell me that she became a vampire while making the movie "Maid To Order"  And since then she's been having trouble getting mainstream roles.  I suggested doing a "Short Circuit 3" and she said Johnny 5's head is too big now that he has "Wall-E money" from Disney.  Johnny was going to sue them for using his likeness without permission, so Disney paid him off to be quiet.

"So, since you're not here to bite me and drink my blood, why are you here?" I ask.

"I need a place to hide until sundown.  I'm being chased by Van Helsing."

And then I woke up... 

* - After seeing the Breakfast Club when I was 10 I had a huge crush on this woman... 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


There are days that I'm happy to be out there, in the world, confronting whatever comes at me...
And that's most days....

But some days I'm just happy to be on the couch, watching "Clerks", again...

I love both kinds of days.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Indy Film Double Feature! Elmwood and Euphio!

Paris In Plantsville continues it's film screening series this summer with a short film double feature!
August 21 and 22 we'll be screening the thriller "The Hollow Waltz" from Euphio Films, and the comedy "The Risley Brothers" from Elmwood Productions.  

The doors open at 7PM for the screening on both nights, and the films start at 8PM, $5.00 at the door for admission. Following the screening the film makers and cast members will be on hand for a Q&A 

Written and Directed by S.W. Rand
In a city filled with corruption and greed, a sorted array of characters
lead this tale through a corrupt New England city. Everyone is trying to
survive another few days despite their dwindling luck. Revenge,
backstabbing, and riches make for a good time in Frog Hollow.

Rated R for language and violent behavior

Written and Directed by Jon Bristol
Wes and Quig have just re-opened their grandfathers bar. With low expectations for success and discovering that the old regulars have all past away they aren't sure if they will make this first months electric bill. But they have bigger problems to deal with: The women in their lives…

Rated R for language and brief sexual content

Total Runtime of both films is approximately 90 minutes

We look forward to seeing everyone at the screening!

All the info on Facebook here!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Magic Hat # 9 Gives Good Puppet Making Advice

Daddy Pop!

Decided to listen to some Prince and the New Power Generation which my coffee this morning…
Went with "Diamonds and Pearls" from 1991, and as I grabbed it I said: "Some good old Prince"…
Damn.  This album is old.  I remember the first time I heard it.  I remember the tape getting worn out and buying the CD (and giving the tape to Tricky).

I remember sleepless nights two years later playing this and the Love Symbol Album over and over while drawing and writing.

Good times...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What TIME is it?

Time for some good music, coffee, and some puppet madness.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Morning… Coffee, music, puppets… And a little rain

Here we go… Sinatra on the player...
Got this awesome mug for my birthday from my awesome aunt and cousin…
Drinking some great Vermont Coffee from it...

And it's back to work time for me…
Elmwood's got a sneak attack screening coming up too!
In August, on the 21st and 22nd, we'll be premiering our new long short film (heh) called 
If the short goes over well we'll turn it into a web series.  So I hope it does go over well…
August…  Man, I better get to work!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sammy and Jim…

Hard to believe 25 years ago today I was a freshman in high school, walking home on a sunny may day listening o my Walkman… Playing a Guns N' Roses tape, no doubt. And I got home to find out the two of my artistic "idols" and influences had both passed away…

Here's to you, Sammy and Jim...


Thursday, May 14, 2015

My face made the cover of the local paper!

And no one has rioted yet!
Check it out here - click the image to read the whole thing:

Even though "Animal Behavior" is mentioned as "Family Matters" it's still an awesome article!
It was nice to come home from work today and find this in my mailbox!
I wonder how soon before the editors get letters because the ugly guy in the cover is scaring people!  Hahaha!

Thank you Mr. Sutton for the article!!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Morning Music...

Some coffee and Sinatra…  
A good start if you ask me