OCTOBER 2013 UPDATE
We've launched a second IndieGoGo campaign to help complete the movie. Watch the trailer above, then contribute at PuppetVision Documentary: Take Two!!
My name is Andrew. I'm a filmmaker and puppeteer and since 2004 I've been writing a daily blog called PuppetVision that I've used as a platform to share thousands of great puppet films, videos and performances with close to half a million people around the world.
From the giant Dinosaurs that roar to life in arenas, to the amazing horses that have taken Broadway and the West End by storm to the the Muppets making a comeback, puppetry is in the midst of an incredible renaissance right now. In an age of cutting edge technology audiences seem to be enthralled with the magic of good, old fashioned puppets.
All of this work is being done by different artists, in different cultures, often working in radically different artistic traditions, but collectively they're part of an amazing cultural legacy that stretches back tens of thousands of years to the very dawn of civilization.
Inspired by my PuppetVision Blog, I'm making a feature length documentary called PuppetVision: The Movie that examines puppetry as an art form and the common threads that link these artists. Using interviews with and performances by over sixty puppeteers from at least fifteen different countries, this film is going to share amazing work by amazing artists and have them talk about how they create it and why.
I want to take what I've been doing with the daily PuppetVision Blog to the next level. When this film is completed next year (2012) I'm going to use it as a platform to introduce you to artists that you didn't know existed and I'm going to show you some incredible performances that are like nothing you've ever seen before.
How You Can Help
Making a film like this is expensive
and daunting. I've spent the past four years filming interviews and
performances for the film in different cities and different countries
literally all over the world. Up until this point the project has
been completely self-funded, but in order to finish it next year I need to raise $12,500. This funding will be used directly for:
- Licensing copyrighted stock and archival footage that I need to make the film.
- Post production expenses, including a professional audio mix, colour correction and output and delivery of the film in an industry standard, high definition format.
- Entry fees to submit the finished film to film, puppet and animation festivals around the world to ensure that it ï¿½ and the artists who appear in it - receive the maximum possible exposure.
What You Get
This is IndieGoGo, so you get some great perks! You can read all about them on the sidebar on the left.
What Else You Can Do
Producer & Director