Thursday, April 30, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Snow Monster!

 This little monster loves the winter...
So what if it's spring!
He was on Etsy!  But sold a couple weeks ago!
But there's more!  Check out my whole Etsy page HERE!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Me too, Flea. Me too,


The Risley Brothers Episode 3

Ex-girlfriends. Sisters. Tricky Rock. Just another day at The Wooden Beaver. www.elmwoodproductions.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Reel Talk Episode 1

So I never wanted to be one of those guys who sits on camera and talks about "stuff".  Then I met Rich Cyr.  I sat down with Rich a month or so ago to be interviewed for his radio show "Nutmeg Chatter Presents Claw's Corner", to talk about HEAD and all things Elmwood.  And we hit it off.
Rich is a genuine sweet guy, and his enthusiasm for talking about movies is contagious!  When I was being interviewed he mentioned having me back on to just talk about horror films.  And I was in, for sure.
Then, well, the plague...
So Rich reached out and mentioned doing the interview/conversation via Zoom.  And before either of us knew it we had a "show" on our hands.
And Reel Talk was born.  We'll be chatting about horror films, mostly.  The first one is us geeking out over the "Evil Dead" flicks.   What I like is that we're not being critics.  We're not analyzing every detail.  We're just talking about movies we like, and our experiences as fans.
I don't think we're locking ourselves to a strict schedule either.  Just when we can, and have fun!  Hoping to get some of the Elmwood crew on for episodes, because they are all true movie geeks too.  I look forward to not having to do this via a webcam too.  Can't wait to record in "real life".
Check it out if you want!  


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Iggy

Iggy


The story of Iggy...


In 1994 Jim Henson Productions teamed up with Hasbro to make a line of toys based on the idea of "The Muppet Workshop".  As part of this they made two puppets, with removable features.  I was just really starting to want to take puppetry kinda seriously as a hobby, or life and these were awesome to me.  Especially as a Muppet-head.  

I ended up buying both, and named them Iggy and Bowie.  The toy line didn't last long though - Here's s link to Muppet Wiki with more info on the puppets.

Iggy definitely got some mileage with me and my friends.  He'd come to parties and cause trouble and so on...  A couple years later I found another green Muppet at a flea market while some friends and I were camping, so I bought it, and he became the party version of Iggy, and my first one was set aside for safe keeping.  

Good thing I did that too.  About a year later a buddy was having a party and attached Iggy 2 to a couple dozen helium filled balloons and strung it up over his house.  And, well...  The string broke.  And Iggy ascended.  Hahaha...

All these years later I still have Iggy and Bowie in my collection.  A couple weeks ago I ended up making my own version of Iggy.
It was something I wanted to do for years.  
It felt great to do it.  Like coming full circle from taking my interest in puppetry seriously to having that piece of my history being created by myself.  I just made him for myself, and my personal collection.
And Iggy still makes me smile.
Here's some pics of the making of Iggy...
Also - I used a pattern from Adam Kreutinger's website for Iggy, the "Small Fry" pattern.  I adapted a couple things, but overall followed the pattern as is. Click HERE to get it yourself!  I highly recommend Adam's work!


 I dyed the fleece myself...  Antron from Georgia Stage



 "They're right behind me, huh?"

Monday, April 13, 2020

Save the Date! - HEAD Screening October 4th, 2020!

TICKETS ON SALE SOON! Tickets purchased for the postponed March screening will be accepted for this night!

In March 2015 Elmwood Productions held it's premiere screenings of HEAD - A one of a kind horror film starring a cast of puppets.
Since it's release the movie has played in film festivals in six continents, won six awards, sold out DVDs and screenings and was picked up for distribution by Terror Films.
Elmwood Productions is excited to bring the film to Sea Tea Comedy Theater for this special screening. It's the first in a series of events being hosted by the upcoming You Don't Say? - Puppet Improv
show that begins at the theater this spring!
Following the movie members of the cast and crew will be on hand for a Q & A session, and a puppetry demonstration.
Doors open at 6, the movie starts at 7.

More about HEAD:
HEAD is a one of a kind film starring an all puppet cast in a throwback to the slasher films of the 1970's and 1980's. A group of twenty somethings go for a nice fall weekend camping trip and end up in the middle of nightmare they may never escape from.
Rated R for all the stuff you'd expect from a horror flick, like blood, four letter words, and puppet nudity. 65 minutes long.

More about You Don't Say - Puppet Improv:
"YOU DON'T SAY!" Puppet Improv is an exciting and hilarious new LIVE game show with local celebrity guests coming to Sea Tea Improv in April 2020!

More about Sea Tea Comedy Theater:
The Sea Tea Comedy Theater is Connecticut's brand-new, coolest, most fun venue in the state. Every night is different. For a full schedule of all of our available shows, visit https://seateaimprov.com/theater
For info on classes, rentals, training, and more, visit https://seateaimprov.com

Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s mission is to present high-quality, affordable, original entertainment to a diverse audience. By providing opportunities and a home for comedians and performers, we cultivate an inclusive comedy community and springboard top regional talent to a national level.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Another Little Bunny!

 Another little bunny!
Hand Puppet
See more like this on Etsy!  Get yourself a bunny! 


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Me too Charlie Brown, me too...



"This is the man that stands next to the man, that stands to catch you when you fall"

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Happy Birthday Mom!

I don't have a ton of pictures of my mom on my computer.  
But here's a fun one...  Monorail, Disney 1978?  Michael, Mom, me, photo taken by my dad...  
I've clearly had enough for the day.  But I'm ready to go back now!  Haha...
She'd be 73 today.  
Happy Birthday!  Love you!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Making "BERNICE, TOO" Episode 1

In this video you'll see some of the gang getting in some good laughs, along with a look at the puppets, and the surprise return on the one and only JOHNNIE SOJIVE! We starting some shooting in February 2020, but as you'll see, we kept running into the dreaded "technical difficulties", hahaha... But all is well and we're still on schedule for an approximate Labor Day release! Enjoy the video! And if you want to catch up on all things "Bernice, Too" check out this playlist on YouTube HERE!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Easter Bunny

Little Easter Bunny
Hand Puppet
Check this little one out on Etsy!  A few other rabbits there for sale too! 

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Josh And Todd!

Watch "Josh And Todd: The Story of A Man and His Puppet" 
now on YouTube

And if you want to support Elmwood Productions feel free 
to buy us a coffee HERE!
It's your support that keeps us going!

And if you want to rent/download the film it's also on VHX


Please take a moment to check out this amazing website as well 
from my friend Eric!

Puppets on Etsy!

    
I have an Etsy shop where I sell one of a kind puppets, and make custom puppets as well.. 
Here's a few pictures of puppets that are up there now, along with some recent commissions and sales!
If you need a puppet feel free to reach out!