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Joseph Scarbrough is an independent producer/puppeteer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who loves to bring his menagerie of puppety oddball madness to people of all ages to enjoy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Steve D'Monster is Back!

You wanted him, and now you've got him! Steve D'Monster is back in an all know wacky escapade! See what kind of mischief he gets himself into this time!
 
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

TECHNICOLOR DREAMS is Here

Five months ago, I had a thought: I always have such really odd, vivid, lucid, strange, borderline disturbing - and yes, trippy - dreams. They do tend to plague me, but at the same time, the odd thing is from time to time it's those dreams where a lot of my best ideas come from.
 
Page from Joseph Scarbrough's script for TECHNICOLOR DREAMS 2015.
 

So it hit me -- why not explore this a little more? The next thing I knew, I was drafting a script for an experimental film I had trouble coming up with a title for a while, that would basically sum up this odd creative process I have.

That was late in September, now here it is February, and that experimental film - which eventually became titled TECHNICOLOR DREAMS - is finally here.

 
The whole creative process for this film was really an interesting one, because I had never really done an experimental film, but I liked the possibilities that it could bring. It was just a matter of actually putting this thing together, which itself took a while, as I had to ask a number of different people on YouTube for permission to use their videos for dream sequences, which I was able to really achieve wonderfully in Adobe Premiere. While slumbering, I am visited by a pair of dream sprites that symbolically represent how a number of my creations are born.
 
Of all of the projects I've done thus far, this one is by far my most personal yet.
 
Promotional photo for TECHNICOLOR DREAMS with Joseph Scarbrough and a pair of dream sprites.
 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Coming Soon: TECHNICOLOR DREAMS

Back in September, I made the announcement on my Facebook page that I was coming out with two new short projects, one of which was my artistic short, THE WINDMILL - which was released back in October - and the other is an experimental film. You've seen THE WINDMILL, so now, here is an introductory post for my upcoming experimental film, which is entitled TECHNICOLOR DREAMS. I would also like to say that I didn't steal the title from the BeeGees' album with the same name, this is entirely coincidental.

All things considered, TECHNICOLOR DREAMS isn't an experimental film in a literal sense: I'm not experimenting with filmmaking, I'm not playing around with new and/or unfamiliar technology, nor am I playing with any kind of stylisitic editing (well, okay, actually, I am, somewhat)... in fact, this is an experimental film in the sense that this is a departure from my more traditional work in the past, such as Steve D'Monster's YouTube series. TECHNICOLOR DREAMS really does not fall into any specific genre: it's not really a comedy, it's not really a drama, it's not really a documentary, it's not really any of that, it's just a short with a story: a story that has a beginning, a middle with a situation, and an ending with a resolution.

Are you confused yet? You might be. You may be asking what, exactly, is TECHNICOLOR DREAMS about? I don't want to give away too many spoilers before it's released, but I will clarify some things up to make it a little less confusing when you do see it: this is a rare project that takes a look into my mind, from the fact that I regularly have unusual, trippy, and borderline disturbing dreams, and yet, every once in a while, it's from those kinds of dreams that a lot of my best ideas come from. In a sense, this is about my creative process.

Conceptual artwork
This film is really something I am doing on a creative whim: I honestly felt compelled to do this film, so I've been working on it for the past several months; the script has gone through a couple of drafts, puppets and props have been built, and now that other pre-production tasks have been completed, the camera is ready to roll. This is totally a personal piece.

If you're interested in seeing this, make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel, and keep your eyes peeled for its February 22 release date.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

You Never Know What You'll Find on eBay


Let's face it, eBay is a fascinating website (at least, it used to be, before it became Paypal exclusive): whatever you may be looking for in the way of forgotten old treasures, eBay was the place to look for them, and at the same time, you never really knew what you might have turned up when browsing through the site.
 
Every once in a while, however, there will be some kind of joker who tries to sell off really odd and unusual items on eBay, such as a piece of toast with Jesus' face on it, or a teenaged girl selling her virginity...
 
But this really is something you have to see to believe: some joker on eBay is selling what he claims to be actual Muppet puppets that were used by Jim Hanson [sic] and Fronk [sic] Oz on SESAME STREET, and that they were given to him by the former vice president of PBS... so, are they for real? I don't know, you tell me...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh, well, this right here must prove that these things are legit!
 
What do I think of these?
 
 
My only guess is that puppet builder, Don Sahlin, was in a hurry and in a bad mood that day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Say, "Eh-oh!"

Weird... but it makes you feel happy.
It's all over the internet right now that the Teletubbies have turned nineteen, which means next year, they will be twenty... I guess that will be twenty years since they were first originally created, because I know they didn't arrive in America until 1998... but, that's besides the point. Ah, Teletubbies, I remember them well; vividly well, in fact. All things considered, TELETUBBIES was pretty much the H.R. PUFNSTUF of my generation.

Well goll-ll-ly, Jimmy!
If there's one thing that H.R. PUFNSTUF was known for was it's immediate following from an audience much older than it was targeted at; being a Saturday Morning show in 1969, H.R. PUFNSTUF was aimed at younger children who enjoyed getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and other such fare... however, it turned out that H.R. PUFNSTUF's biggest audience when it first aired was college kids (and, particularly, stoned college kids at that). It couldn't be helped: H.R. PUFNSTUF was bright, vivid, colorful, and trippy... and TELETUBBIES pretty much had the same effect on us as well. I'm not saying we were a bunch of stoned college kids, but I was eight-years-old when TELETUBBIES was first broadcasted in the U.S. on PBS - a wee bit older than the show's apparent targeted audience of 1-3-year-olds... but we were all intrigued by what we were seeing. How could we not? This show was weird (in a good way), you couldn't not watch it... you had four ridiculously adorable and brightly colored alien-like creatures with TVs in their tubby tummies, and like H.R. PUFNSTUF, it was such a bright, vivid, and trippy show, we were just mesmerized.

You know, now that I think about it, the ARTHUR episode, "That's a Baby Show!" really speaks volume, as it pretty much satired the effect TELETUBBIES had on us older kids when it came along... just see how the parody THE LOVE DUCKS seems to almost hypnotized Arthur:
 
I know Ragdoll Productions, the company behind TELETUBBIES, have come out with a few new shows since TELETUBBIES, I've glanced at them, but honestly, they're considerably less cute, less comprehensible, and less mesmerizing when compared to TELETUBBIES.
The performers inside the Teletubby suits. I heartell the guy who played Dipsy only did so because he needed money.
 
So, happy birthday to the Teletubbies... everybody? Say, "Eh-oh!"