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Phauntlefail and the Finish Line

Posted by Steve on Apr 13, 2010 in Characters, Costumes, Production | Subscribe

It’s been a bi-polar week or two here at Frown Town HQ.  Phauntleroy’s inaugural run made clear a fundamental design flaw undermining the entire ’stillborn fetus in a jar puppet’ operation.  While steps are being taken to work around this failing, the rest of the puppets are finally coming together. Read more…

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These Fists Are Made For Pummeling

Posted by Steve on Mar 29, 2010 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

Striving as always to maintain peak physical condition, I spent this past weekend working on my biceps.  Well, not mine so much as Doogan’s.  Actually, if I’m being honest, Andy and I mostly just had a Twin Peaks marathon and got drunk in the yard.  But at least I’ve got some massive foam monster arms to show for all that exertion. Read more…

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Severed Heads, Finished Faces

Posted by Steve on Jan 22, 2010 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

At long last the puppet children’s heads — hopefully the most time consuming element of production — are finished.  From snot drips and braces to sunglasses and coonskin caps, the kids are primed to party from the neck up.  Take a gander.  Go on. Read more…

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Many Hands Make Less Sisyphean Work

Posted by Steve on Dec 1, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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Andy has returned from his travels in the exotic east.  Good news for Frown Town, frown town for Andy.  Say goodbye to the pyramids and hello to hundreds of hours snipping and gluing bits of felt in a windowless room.  We know your pain, slaves who built the pyramids. Read more…

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Skinning the Puppet Children

Posted by Steve on Oct 28, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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Finally the foam has finished flying.  Now for the reverse fleece flaying. Read more…

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Gallery of Fully Carved Foam Faces

Posted by Steve on Oct 5, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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From the inauspicious cushions of unwanted couches come the heads of eight unwanted children. Read more…

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Whittling Them Down to Something

Posted by Steve on Sep 20, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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Andy’s abandoned our horrible monster children to bum around the Middle East with his lady friend.  This means I’ll be solely responsible for gestating the brood for the next few months.  Unfortunately, that means things will be slowing down for a spell, but I’ll do my best to keep it poppin’.  Lately I’ve been whittling away the hours carving the kids’ craniums out of castoff couches. Read more…

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Puppet Head Templates

Posted by Andy on Sep 9, 2009 in Characters, Design, Production | Subscribe

The transition from maquettes to foam heads looms. We need to scale up a huge amount while preserving the character design as much as possible and incorporating the changes we decided on from the maquettes. Everyone loves tracing, so I whipped up some big head templates to use as cut out guides. Read more…

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Puppet Head Maquettes

Posted by Andy on Aug 30, 2009 in Characters, Design, Production | Subscribe

To help with the foam head carving and to get a visceral feel for the concept art in three dimensions, I created little maquettes out of Sculpey. Read more…

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Chips Concept Art

Posted by Andy on Aug 22, 2009 in Characters, Design | Subscribe

Concept art for Chip Doogan and Chip McFavorite, assholes. Read more…

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