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2010 March

Once I was a Godzilla, and I breathed fire on healthcare.

For this video, I designed, constructed and puppeted the Godzilla-style creature. (there are some shots of the process of building the puppet over here) I also made a few of the props for the city and helped to dress the set.

I worked with Ryan McFaul (director, camera, props, set) and Katie Akana (props, set, moving vehicles and things around with magnets) It was so much fun to smash things with them, even though I spent the better part of two days crammed under a table with one arm reached as high as I could manage, surrounded by the output of a sweet-smelling fog machine.

We even managed to make Godzilla breathe fire! (kids at home: the secret is an aerosol can of WD-40 and a lighter.)


J. Viewz “Come Back Down” Music Video

I made some marionette puppets for the J. Viewz music video “Come Back Down” (the boy, girl, birds, and turtle.) The puppets were made out of blue polystyrene foam and acrylic paint and dressed up in bits of foam and some bright fabric from socks. Some tiny wire hinges kept the puppets joints loose enough to be puppeted by fishing line, along with bendy yarn legs.

Alisa SternPeter AhernJeff Wallenhorst, & Matt Witham put this whole project together with their super design work, puppeteering, propmaking, and animation skills. Alisa even made us waffles!

Right now, the video is exclusively on Spinner, so please check it out:

http://www.spinner.com/2010/03/11/j-views-come-back-down-feat-joshua-james-video-premiere/