Tuesday, 12 April 2016

OUIL406 Visual Communcation - Jim Henson Initial Research

The Creature Shop

"Jim Hensons Imagination knew no bounds and he was behind a stream of innovations in puppetry and TV storytelling. His legacy endures in the muppets and the creature shop."

"The Creature Shop is the enduring legacy of one of the most gifted entertainers the world has ever seen."

Set up by Jim Henson whilst playing The Dark Crystal - effort to create a unique world - set up a team

Jim Henson made the pioneering leap from traditional hard materials to the flexibility of fabric and foam

"Today, the skilled and dedicated team at Jim Henson's Creature Shop continues to follow it's founders' lead with groundbreaking innovation, evolving with the effects industry by implementing practical puppet and animatronic techniques when appropriate while embracing the potential of digital effects." 

Jim Hensons Creature Shop Challenge

American reality TV gameshow where a group of Creature Designers compete against each other to create puppets and animatronics with a chance to win prize money and a contract to work with Jim Henson's Creature Shop

I think this is a real great example of the legacy that Jim Henson left, that people are so eager to be a part of this and to carry on the work that he started that they are willing to compete in order to get a chance to work in the Creature Shop.

The Little Red Book 

The little Red Book is the only continued documentation of work that Henson had, he kept it going from start to finish.

Used to record milestones, family events, commercial campaigns and when puppeteers came to work for The Muppets

Documents creative process - wildly creative mind, flashes of inspirations, milestones

Single line entries from 1954 - 1988

Each major event is illustrated in the Jim Henson Journal - artwork, notes, documents, memos, doodles, press clippings and photographs - part of the Jim Hensons archives collection

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