Friday, December 12, 2014

What to watch? Hmm...

It's that time of year, when we dust off the Christmas DVD's (and VHS tapes) or rush home from wherever and watch our favorite holiday movies and shows!

But here's a list of flicks you may have forgotten are holiday movies…  
In no particular order…

1. Gremlins
2. Batman Returns
3. Die Hard
4. The APartment
5. Love Actually
6. The Thin Man
7. Die Hard 2
8. Trading Places
9. Lethal Weapon
10. Edward Scissorhands 



Monday, December 8, 2014

Ben Fact # 941

Ben re-invented the wheel.  And owns the patent, so no one else can use his new and improved one.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Small Art Fair at Paris In Plantsville!

I had a blas today at the Small Works Art Fair at Paris In Plantsville today!
It was great to see so many people!
 And it's happening again tomorrow!
I hope to see more of ya!
There is a ton of great stuff there…  and Puppets!  Ha!





Friday, December 5, 2014

A Dozen Elves!

Want one??!!?

Can't wait to see the awesome arts and crafts and people this weekend!
Besides these little fellas Elmwood Puppets will be there with full sized puppets and more!
 No two of the Elf buddies are the same!




Monday, December 1, 2014

Trailer Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

I started this series of posts to showcase other puppet films and media…  But now I just wanna use it to post trailers from movies I love…  Hope you enjoy!

Gotta re-start it off right

Ben Fact # 335

Ben is the writer and creator of "Party Time"

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Elf


  An Elf
Mouth Puppet

 And Ripper, chilling out in the studio



Friday, November 28, 2014

Forget Black Friday! Come out to "Art Weekend"!!!

Instead of giving your hard earned money to the big stores and making the rich richer…
Buy Art Not Shoes!  Or TV's.  Or video games, or whatever….
And avoid the madness too - 

December 6-7th come to Paris In Plantsville for the Small Works Arts Fair!
Along with some great affordable 
wall art will be crafters!
And 
THE ELMWOOD PUPPETS!
Come check out our spot and get a puppet for the holiday season!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to you,

It's become a Thanksgiving tradition for me…  To every year post this video, and to mention those who may not have the wonderful family and friends I have, and to remind us all that the only way this world will ever be better is it we all do something better for it…
"The Wandering"

I'm thankful for the roof over my head, the food on my table, the family that loves me, and the friends I have that are irreplaceable.  And for my cats a too, of course!


And so we can get a good laugh too…  "Ordinary Man"…

Monday, November 24, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lenny


Lenny
Mouth Puppet from "HEAD"

 Joe, Lenny, and part of Ben!
and Ben with Lenny's head!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sweet Dreams Mr. Rankin

When Jim Henson passed away someone said:
"God must have needed Muppets in Heaven"

Arthur Rankin, Jr passed away last week…
  - So God must have needed some great animation in Heaven too.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's a wrap!

And time for sleep...
Last day of shooting for "HEAD"
Done.
More later when I wake up.















Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One day left… HEAD!


Tomorrow is the last day of principal shooting for "HEAD"  
It's a bitter sweet feeling knowing we'll be wrapping this up and getting into the editing next.  
I wrote HEAD in 2010.  I wrote it because I was still harboring a little disappointment that the previous horror movie we tried to make didn't pan out.  So over a week I cranked out a script in the dead of winter, and then just sat on it.  From 2010-2012 we talked about doing it, even tried to cast it with actors and did some location scouting and readings, but other things kept coming up that were definite priorities and other projects just seemed like more fun.  I'll leave how we went from 2010 to 2014 for another day though.  Perhaps when the movie is ready to premiere I'll tell more of the story…

Anyway -When we decided to officially do this movie last year I was just going to produce and kick back for the first time on an Elmwood Production.  But that just didn't work out, hahaha…  
  By the time the first day of shooting arrived I had made the puppets, done a new re-write, was cast as a principal character(s) and was directing.  And now I'm looking forward to the Thanksgiving break.  We'll be done shooting and we all can kick back and smile, knowing the grunt work is done.

I say it's bittersweet because I love making movies with these people.  The old Elmwood crew that's been with me all these years, and the new people who have come in on this flick.  It'll be sad not to puppet up with them out in the woods or on a dirty floor for a little bit.  
But I'm also glad to be done with shooting this flick.  Mother nature, 
locations, and time just have fought with us every step of the way.  What was supposed to be about a 5 day guerrilla style shoot turned into a off and on for 4 months shoot.  It went from;
"Yeah,. we're making this cool horror flick" 
to;
"Yeah, that damn movie"

But I'm glad we've been making that damn movie.

And I'll be glad in two weeks when we get together to go over the scripts for our next project.
I can get these people I love back in a room and create.  

I love this stuff, and I love these people.

So I want to thank them…
Russ, Rick, Mike, Manda, Sally, Nick, Ben, Gabe, Jim, Keith,
and Brian and Joe,
and Pat, Theresa, Sean, and Jackie too…
Thank you -
Can't wait for you guys to all be sitting in a room watching this flick with me.

 Me, showing Manda, Ben, Nick, and Mike love on the first day on location

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ben Fact # 10,032

Ben Farley was the first person to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Carrie

 Carrie
Mouth Puppet from "HEAD"
 Cathy and Carrie
Carrie in progress

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cathy? Courtney?


This was sent to me by Myrrhkuri Fyve - 
I didn't even make the connection til he mentioned it in a 
comment and sent this picture over… 
Thought it would be fun to share, hahaha

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cathy

 Cathy
Mouth Puppet from "HEAD"
 Sammy, Frank, Cathy, and Carrie

Friday, November 7, 2014

Making "HEAD"

We started shooting "HEAD" in July…
Had a few false starts to be honest, but got great work done…
In October we filmed like crazy, and now we only have one day of shooting left!!!

I just wanted to share a ton of pictures from the fun I've been having…  
Can't wait for the movie to be done and out there for the world to see!
It may look like we're making comedy, since we're laughing so much in the pictures..  But I swear this is a horror flick!