Sunday, February 2, 2014

'P' is for Puppet


I happened onto this rather interesting little article/interview with Cheryl Henson, about some of the stigmas that seem to be placed on puppeteers about their work,  some of the same kind of "stock" responses they get from people when they're told what they do, and even why some don't even like the term, "Puppeteer" (in fact, in reading Jim Henson: The Biography, I learned Henson himself disliked the term, "Muppeteer", and prefered to refer to himself, and his colleagues, as "Muppet Performers").
 
 
You can read it for yourself, but I have to be honest, I've actually been on the receiving end of some of these stigmas myself, such as... why is AVENUE Q the go-to puppetry reference people seem to keep dropping? And, in my own, honest, humble opinion, for a puppeteer to do children's birthday parties is pretty much the puppetry equivilant of working in fast food if you're trying to climb the corporate ladder.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Canned Florida Sunshine

So, for all of you people out there whining and crying about missing summer, and warm weather, and all that jazz, then has Steve got just the thing for you!


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Okay, This Time, I Really AM Offended!

Some of you may or may not be able to remember that sometime back, I posted an entry pretending to be offended by a McDonald's commercial containing the line, "I hate puppets!" to illustrate how ridiculously, "Politically correct" and uber-sensitive people today have become (it appears McDonald's has since made the commercial on YouTube private... which wasn't my doing, by the way). You may also remember I also recently posted an entry about the use of puppetry in media seems to be on the verge of becoming a tired and overused gimmick. Neither of these entries, however, even began to prepare me for what I witnessed today, which really leads me to believe there is no longer any hope for humanity... or, at the very least, the internet...



Oh... my... cow... are you serious? Are you serious?! Google actually thinks they're, somehow, being cute and clever by using puppets in an instructional video on YouTube about copyright? Where do I even begin? I feel like Nostalgia Critic tearing apart a really bad movie! First of all... well, how much more clear can I make it? Google is the Hitler of the internet! No question about it! I can't believe it wasn't until the whole Google+ sync up that people finally started to realize that! Secondly, YouTube's rules about copyright are as sketchy as Google's business practices: there's all kinds of copyright trolls on YouTube, and in some cases, there's been companies who have had videos removed on the grounds of copyright infringement over content they didn't even own! Lionsgate was one of the worst offenders of this: there was a point in time they were removing a bunch of Jim Henson material from YouTube, simply because they had the distributing rights (but not the actual copyright)... not to mention various different little third-party companies that nobody's even heard of will remove videos for similar reasons (even if their distribution of certain material was decades ago and they've long lost the licenses). Some cases even of third-party companies, who aren't even affililated with the actual copyright holders, but try to pretend that they are, they will have videos removed too. And lastly... again... Google has struck a new sour note with me now for trying to seem like they're relevent, yet cute and creative by throwing together a video about copyright using puppets. The Nazis might as well have made propaganda films using puppets to teach people the ways of the Third Reich. I'm half tempted to be like these third-party companies, and claim this video violates my copyright which I don't actually own, simply to have this video removed!

If it wasn't for the fact that YouTube has become a necessary evil, I'd boycott Google altogether... well, actually, I would have done that a long time ago, but still.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Transcript for STEVE'S INEFFICIENT CHRISTMAS (Part 6)

And now, we've finally reached the grand finale!

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STEVE’S INEFFICIENT CHRISTMAS – PART 6

FADE IN.

INT. SANTA’S HEADQUARTERS – NIGHT

Steve and Bethany bid farewell to viewers.

STEVE
(Singing) Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light...

BETHANY
(Singing) From now on, our troubles will be out of sight…

STEVE
(Singing) Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yuletide gay…

BETHANY
(Singing) From now on, our troubles will be miles away…

Steve and Bethany wrap their arms around each other’s shoulders.

STEVE and BETHANY
(Singing) Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore…

STEVE
(Singing) Faithful friends who are dear to us…

BETHANY
(Singing) Gather near to us once more…

Steve and Bethany return to their original poses.

STEVE
(Singing) Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow…

BETHANY
(Singing) Hang a shining star upon the highest bough…

Steve and Bethany wrap their arms around each other once more.

STEVE and BETHANY
(Singing) And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Steve and Bethany break away from each other.

BETHANY
(To Steve) Merry Christmas, Steve!

STEVE
(To Bethany) Merry Christmas, Bethany!

Steve and Bethany face the viewers.

STEVE and BETHANY
Merry Christmas, everybody!

STEVE
(To Bethany) So, what’d you get me this year?

BETHANY
Really?

FADE OUT.