About this project
Lessons Learned will be a short film about a young boy who receives an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather. It is a gift that will stay with him for the rest of his life.
Having grown up with inspiring movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth,it has been been a dream of mine to create such imagery with hand/cable controlled puppets. This film will also utilize a bit of modern technology to better immerse viewers into the world.
I need your help to make this movie come to life. If you are a fan of the Henson-Froud collaborations or perhaps just want to make a statement that puppet art is alive and desired, please consider a generous donation at one of the many pledge levels to help me reach my goal.
Be a part of the magic. Partner with me on this journey to make the dream into reality!
My name is Toby Froud and I am a sculptor, fabricator, and puppeteer. My love of puppets began at a very young age after my first film role as Toby the baby from Labyrinth. Growing up with Brian and Wendy Froud for parents, a draw towards puppets and fantasy was natural. I'm excited to continue the Henson-Froud collaboration working with Heather Henson of IBEX Puppetry. Heather Henson is the executive producer for Lessons Learned.
Lessons Learned will be part of the Handmade Puppet Dreams series by IBEX Puppetry.
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Over the years, I've had wonderful experiences working in the film making industry.. From getting my feet wet at Weta on the Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong to working for Laika on Paranorman and their new feature The Boxtrolls, I knew film making was for me. Along the way I've experimented with some short films, here are a couple for you to see:
Fumber and Ignatz - Two goblins philosophizing about... nothing! One of a series of quirky "philosophies of Goblins"shorts created in a tiny shed on Dartmoor in Devon, England
The Little Game - A man who finds a strange mechanical toy gets more than he bargained for. An experiment in live action narrative.
My intention for Lessons Learned is to bring Froudian characters to life on screen with physical puppets, practical effects and very real props and sets.
Currently, I am building an amazing team of artists and performers that share the same passion for puppetry.
Your support will help us bring this vision to the screen by covering equipment costs, space rental, paying incredible artists to do what they do best, and affording the best post production and sound design to further immerse you in this fantastical world.
Stretch Goal #1 Reached!! The Granny will come to be!
Correction on Reward: All DVD and Blu-Ray discs will be Region Free.
Grandfather, Boy, and Digby- One of a kind character Maquettes sculpted by Toby Froud, approximately 8 inches tall.
Exclusive Kickstarter Gift - "Goblin Thinker" sculpted by Toby Froud and cast in plaster. Approx. 11inches tall, 6inches wide, and 7 inches deep.
Limited Edition,full size,Stand-in Digby Puppet - Picture is of the actual character from the film. Stand in version will be similar construction with hard plastic cast head and hand mouth control only.
Risks and challenges
There will always be risks and challenges when making a live action puppet film.
The puppets themselves can take on a life of their own. Using the materials I need to bring the characters to life makes the puppets quite delicate. Foam latex can rip, rods can bend, cables can snap, tension can weaken, and unpredictable forces of nature can occur. Using the best quality materials I can afford, hiring professionals for the build, and experienced puppeteers can help reduce these risks. We may even do a little dance for Mother Nature.
Schedule may also be a challenge while creating Lessons Learned. Working with schedules of the puppeteers, the technical crew needed, and visual effects, filming will need to be on a flexible timeline. We plan to be filming this fall and reach completion in February.
Another challenge will be the recording of sound for the film. The puppets' controls, puppeteering teams, and various effects will make live sound recording extremely difficult. We will need to pre-record all dialogue and then puppeteer to playback during production."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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