The puppet will perform live and narrate a new age tale, well sort of, new age. Music and shadows add atmosphere to enhance the story.
The concept behind this project is to bring puppetry to film. There are many classic examples of this, but we want to give it a go as well. My father has sculpted the puppet from wood, his eyes blink, his mouth moves and his hands and legs have some articulation. We do not want to lose the fact that he is a puppet, not a live doll, so there will be little done to hide the puppet master; his hands will be a part of the grace of this project. For the proposal we have done a bit of film to illustrate what we want to polish and elaborate into a short film.
As the puppet came together so did the story, that Tourbadour , the recent tag for the puppet, would tell. The story is one with a moral, with an idea, and a quest. A little girl begins a search… We have packed our heads so full of noise and chatter, missing that in silence ideas may linger. We forget to have ideas for ourselves, forget to look for the ideas, and don’t often take action if we do stumble upon one. But the little girl in this story does the simplest thing; she sits in silence for just long enough to decide to take an adventure. She then heads off on an afternoon walk that will take some turns and some straights, but will lead her to familiar places she has not seen before, at least not quite like this.
Although the puppet tells this story well in person, to place it in film we wanted to add more imagery, so we are currently creating cut outs to illustrate parts of the story. The cutouts will be created by layering paper to make scenes or by using paper cutouts to toss shadows to the curtain behind Tourbadour our faithful narrator. The cut outs, well that is my part of the project, so I am excited to make this happen while working closely with my father as we develop the concepts.
One might, quite sensibly, ask what we need funding for when we have a story, a puppet, and an idea. But we find ourselves in need of a camera person, Jeff Preston, who knows their way around and can consult with us on what is possible. The musician, Tim Harbeson, who has worked with us in the past, we would like to pay for his talents and take more time to adapt the score to the story. We also want to have money to pay for the time and supplies for making the cutouts. Last but not least we want to know that this film has an audience, that there are people willing to help us make this project happen because a film that doesn’t get watched, is not what we want to produce.
Please take a moment to look at our websites. Stewartpainter.com is James Stewart's site for his artwork. Vaultfilmworks.com should give you a good idea of the quailty films Jeff Preston produces. Myspace.com/stillhousetheatre will give you a quick glance at the location where we will do the majority of the filming. Thank you for your interest and your help!
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A 3X5 color photo of Tourbadour the puppet, wrapped up in a thank you card from my father and I.Estimated delivery:
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The above and a DVD of the finished project. We are hopeful that this level will be well patronized, thereby allowing us to send out more DVDs and making this one of those projects that lots of smaller donations make happen!Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus a replica of one of the cut-outs from the filming. Which could of course be framed and hung on the wall or made to make shadow puppets or….use your imagination, but you would literally own the film and a piece of its making.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above and a numbered, etched print by James Stewart, inspired by the tale, so personal art for your home and the great feeling that you really made this happen.Estimated delivery:
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