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Hand puppetry at its finest

Now that the school semester is over, I can finally get back to working on some projects that were on hold. But before we get to that, I’d like to share with you part of the finals project for my contemporary literature class. While a majority of the class opted for power point presentations and cartoon animation, I went ahead and did a paper bag puppet animation mixed in with some computer graphics. I filmed this in the garage with a backdrop I printed on six sheets of paper I glued together. I was actually hoping to use my green screen but did not have the time to do that. I spent every night for a week working on this (mostly the animation part and editing). And how do you like my Roy Schmitz voice? I really talk like that :). I have to thank my son, Shawn for helping out with the technical setups too.

This presentation thesis was based on “Orientation” by Daniel Orozco with special guests of characters/elements from “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood, “Brownies” by ZZ Packer, and “Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot” by Robert Olen Butler. All these stories were discussed in the class, and even though I was only tasked on talking about Orientation I made sure to mention the other stories which usually makes the professors happy.

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Here’s a better photo of my $3 puppet — Roy Schmitz. The C—E—O!

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