With a Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody going head-to-head with the X Factor this Christmas, I know who I’d rather see topping the charts. Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo and pals will always keep Jim Henson’s torch burning brightly with their sense of fun, irreverence and creative originality – not something Simon Cowell’s stable is regularly credited with.
Following in Mr. Henson’s footsteps is Zach Buchman and his Furry Puppet Studio, a New York-based designer and producer of original puppets.
As with last week’s chocolate-themed post, this creative showcase leans more heavily on entertaining visuals rather than the written word – especially as the content is so engaging.
It makes a pleasant change to see traditional skills surviving in our digital age. Each puppet is hand crafted from foam then meticulously covered in a variety of fabrics to give the smooth or unkempt appearance required to stand up under the intense scrutiny of modern HD cameras.
At the heart of each puppet lies a complex mechanism, capable of replicating the full range of expressions required to breathe life into the individual character.
Creative Director and designer, Zach Buchman works alongside Maria Gurevich (Furry Puppet’s Director of Production and an accomplished puppet builder) to bring each project to life.
This partnership seems to work well with Buchman’s enthusiasm to design new and inventive characters, stemming from his early career as an animator, complimenting Gurevich’s production skills. Leaving animation behind was a natural career move for Buchman as he was looking for something that would fulfill his passion for creativity and character development, yet dispense with the monotony of frame-by-frame production. Nice work if you can get it.