Making bitter comedies about failure, frustration, and intellectual dissatisfaction, and then using puppets…I know it seems like career suicide for a filmmaker. But there’s a dire decision every filmmaker has to face: do you join the long queue waiting for that tiny, tiny 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 pick out your own trail through the wilderness, and 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 Comic-Cons? There’s no right answer, I suppose – we all just have to follow our natures in this regard. But there’s no point in having microbudget freedom if all you do is imitate other movies. Why make cheaper versions of what the studios do? If you left all that behind, the horizon would be open…even if you’re mostly out there all alone with a backpack full of camcorder batteries.
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. So hello! (handshake)
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