Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mr. Universe and Don Get Their Halloween On!

Today's Mug

Bad Kitty!
gift from an old boss, Christmas 2004.  Drinking Cafe Bustello with milk and sugar, or as Jim calls it "Rocket Fuel"!
The mug makes an appearance in a scene or two in "Animal Behavior"

Album of The Week: Bat Out Of Hell (and it's sequels too!)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lisa, The Sweet Tranny

Lock and Load!

Sweet Dreams Lou Reed... Monday Morning Song....

Since this is how I first heard of Lou as a kid...  I thought I share it with ya...
The greatest thing since World War 3!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Walking Path

And some behind the scenes pictures!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Today's Mug

 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
I have no idea when I got this but the copyright on the bottom says 1998...
Drinking Kona, black!

Penelope- Mouth Puppet

Mouth Puppet

Friday, October 25, 2013

Today's mug...

Captain America!
Got this in Universal Studios 2001 with Tricky when he came to visit me back in my Florida days...
He picked up a matching one with Wolverine...  I should get a picture of us using them someday, hahaha
Drinking Archer Farms Kona out of it.
This is the mug Nick loves to use when he's over at the studio writing and filming!

Some extra pictures today...

Ripper in the sun

Tug.  Looking like a king

Cap with the flash on...

Tug, contemplating his Halloween costume....

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Elmwood Short!

"Makin' Magic"
Starring Leonard and BWoP


Monday, October 21, 2013

Mug of the Day

Todays mug: Animal Behavior from Elmwood Productions..
Coffee in it: Trader Joe's Joe Medium Roast with milk and sugar

This is a new thing I'm gonna do...  When I think of it!
Post a picture of the mug I am drinking my coffee out of, and what it is.  I won't do it every day, but when I'm online in my studio I'm gonna try to keep it up as much as possible, and use this time to share whatever else may be on my mind.  This site is "Jon's Java" after all.

Today on my mind is something simple and easy.  Something I think about every day.  Puppets.
I have a commission I have started (after I told myself "No More!", hahaha)  And I hope to have it finished up by Friday.  As I'm making him (a hill-billy) I keep thinking of the puppets I have to re-make over the next year, and an idea I had a few days ago.  This blog was originally "A Puppet A Day" and for a whole year I posted a puppet I made.  Starting next year I'm going to bring that back, kinda.  I have TONS of puppet making books, from crafty books aimed at kids to full blown art for grown ups.
I'm going to go through them.  And build as many of the different ones I can.  Then maybe start an Etsy page or something to get rid of them as I go.  If nothing else it'll be fun!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Steve the Vampire screening tonite at Paris In Plantsville!

Opening 10/12/2013 at Paris in Plantsville please join us as we creep up with "Oh The Horror! - Halloween Art Show" Presented by Elmwood Productions and Gallery of a Clown!
"Oh The Horror!" is an open call to all artists of all mediums to exhibit art reflecting this ghoulish and scary season! Make sure to get your Halloween costume ready early and wear it to the opening! It's the Halloween Bash of 2013!

The opening starts at 6:00 PM on 10/12 and at 8 PM the fun really begins with a double feature of Halloween films!
Up first is everyones favorite vampire!
"STEVE THE VAMPIRE" from Elmwood Productions -
You keep asking for it, so we're bringing him back!
"The Complete Steve The Vampire" follows the adventures of Steve who was turned into a vampire as a teenager and although now in his mid-twenties, he just can't catch a break trying to prove himself in the vampire community. Between his overbearing mother, his indifferent girlfriend, and his unlikely friendship with Dracula, he still manages to keep his head on straight and do his best to avoid being staked by the local vampire slayer.
And all he wants to do is hang out, watch some Star Trek, and enjoy a good glass a blood...
And them following Steve at 9:00 PM....
LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN! - The Rocky Horror Picture Show!!! Bring your toast, rice, and dress like your most loved character from the show! But, please, leave the squirt guns at home!

The show will run for the rest of October, so f you miss the opening you'll still get to see the art... But really, if you miss the opening we'll send monsters to hide under you bed and torment you all month! So be there!
We can't wait to see the madness in the art! Let's get scary!

Friday, October 11, 2013


Tonite is the nite...
We're going to be screening "Animal Behavior" for the first time in public.
It's early in the morning now...  I'm excited and can't sleep.  Hahahaha...

"Animal Behavior" is a big deal for me.  I wrote, produced, and directed it.  And built all the puppets.  I picked the cast myself and this really is Jon Bristol's Elmwood Production...
And they did it for me.
That's a humbling and wonderful feeling.
The feeling of knowing that my friends, my crew, my family - all made this happen.
It's a goofy and fun family friendly show and it also raised the bar for Elmwood.

If you can't make it tonite, no worries...  You just gotta wait to see it, in 2014!
Before I get into the hype for tonite I want to thank some people...

My parents - Roger and Sue...  Right after I had the idea for the show they gave my the best Christmas gift ever - A ton of gift cards to craft, fabric, and art stores.  That went to the supplies to make a whole group of new puppets.  Which meant that the show would be underway sooner than planned!
My girlfriend - Brie...  For not only letting me make her a character in the show, and not only for voicing the character in post production, but for being with me for the past six years.  You're amazing.
My cats - Tugger and Ripper...  Yup they are real.  And they are my bros.
Mike Finland and Nick Foreman...  for coming in as I needed "something", that spark, that kick...  And for stepping up in "Animal Behavior" and working so hard.  And mike...  Ripper is alive on the screen, and it's your performance that does it.
Russ, Jim, Tricky Pete, and Gabe...  For sticking around, and again for working your asses off on this.  You know what you did for this show, and it looks great because of you all.
and Jeremy and Crystal...  for coming in during editing and nailing lines in ADR...  Amazing...  And don't worry Crystal - it's just "gonna fall outta your 'gina!"
And Joe...  Joe Calvo...  For being Joe Calvo

And now the hype - Required By Elmwood Laws!!!!

We invite you to join us for the premiere screening of "Animal Behavior" on October 11, 2013!

The screening is part of the two weekend Apple Harvest Festival in Southington CT, and is sponsored by Harvest the Arts!

Animal Behavior is the story of Tugger and Ripper. Two seemingly normal house cats. But Tugger has a plan. He's in love with his owners girlfriend. And to get her love he can only find one solutions. World domination. And it starts at home. He ropes his kitten brother Ripper into doing away with their owner Jon by hatching traps, and pranks that may cause his demise. Once Jon's gone they can live with his girlfriend and then take over the world from there. But nothing goes as planned and the world just isn't ready for two cats to run it! If you're a fan of Looney Tunes and The Muppets then Elmwood Productions' "Animal Behavior" is right up your alley!

The screening will be right on Center Street during the festival... So it's free! And outside! Feel free to bring your favorite lawn chair (or bean bag!) to sit down and enjoy the show! 
"Animal Behavior" is G-Rated fun for the whole family. Before and after the show the puppets will be on hand hanging out for pictures and fun!
When you come to the screening look for "The Litter Box"!!! Why? Cuz the Litter Box is where we will be accepting donations of pet food to bring to local animal shelters!!! And everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a cat puppet from Elmwood Productions!

And here's some pics...  Of the making of "Animal Behavior" and the people who did it!!!