Dave Jones: Highly Strung

Not strictly animation, but as we've stated before puppetry shares much the same magical qualities as animation, so we're more than happy to share such pieces on the Animated Review. Australian filmmaker Dave Jones directed a live show the end of last year that combined interactive animated projections with large-scale puppetry.

“The show was performed outdoors on the side of a grain silo and featured a 14-meter tall puppet. It took ten people to operate the puppet whilst animation was used to create an interactive backdrop for the piece as well as to project the puppet’s face. For the mouth we actually mounted a projector inside the puppets head and gaffer taped it to an iPod which we could control wirelessly from the ground 20 meters below.”

Posted below is a 5 minute edit of the show (performed Oct. 28th 2011 at the Nati Frinj Festival in tiny Natimuk, Australia). Also visit Jones' blog for lots of behind the scenes and making-of information.

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