Making dark comedies about anger, failure and bitter intellectual dissatisfaction, and then using puppets for a good chunk of screen time, isn’t going to result in a gig directing the next Jurassic ParkWorldPlanet. But there’s a dire decision every filmmaker has to make: do you join the long, winding queue for that tiny, tiny chance at making studio projects that conform to boardroom ideas of what a Cineplex product needs to be…or do you make the very peculiar movies that reside in your head, no matter how much that puts you out to sea, floating further and further away from the land of billboards?
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 contemplative and surreal – 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 update items, 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. Hello! (handshake)
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