Making bitter comedies about failure, frustration, and intellectual dissatisfaction using puppets…I suppose there’s a dire decision every filmmaker has to face: do you join the incredibly long queue waiting for that microscopic chance at directing studio projects that nearly always end up conforming to boardroom ideas of what a Cineplex product needs to be…or do you make the very peculiar movies that reside in your secret thoughts, no matter how much that puts you out to sea, floating further and further away from the land of billboards and publicity departments? We all just have to follow our natures in this regard. But there’s no point in going with microbudget freedom to simply imitate other movies. Why make cheaper versions of what the studios do? Once you leave all that behind, the horizon is open…even if you’re out there all alone with a backpack full of camcorder batteries. Some filmmakers stay at the lovely hotel, some wander off into the forest…it’s always been like that, I suppose.
A puppeteer named Roman Paska once put it this way:
“I can think of many good aesthetic and poetic reasons why I work with puppets, but they can’t really explain what moved me to be a puppeteer…demon instinct tells me things my mind can never fathom; that, for instance, the puppet is more intent on being real than being symbolic…but deep inside, I know that puppet theater is as irrational and unnecessary as nature. Like a bird, a planet or a disease. And despite all efforts to feather a nest for puppet theater in contemporary society, it remains a fundamentally deviant, subversive, marginal art form. That might be the most strange and marvelous thing about it.” (1992)
Each movie took about a year to do. Some of them are a bit contemplative and surreal (especially the pinball one) – I recommend a cocktail (or five) – or whatever gets you in the mood for such things. And even if you don’t end up buying any, no worries – the preview bits are enough to give you a good idea of what they’re like. Maybe all the preview bits back-to-back become an interesting movie night on their own…? Sorry this site doesn’t have more news or updates, I just kind of slog away on something for a year and then release it. But if you’re reading this, somehow you wound up here. Howdy. (handshake)
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