Puppetry and marionette manipulation share many of the qualities achieved in animation through giving life to inanimate performing objects. Likewise puppeteers often assume the multi-facet creative roles of puppet-maker, director, designer, writer and performer, a variety of roles also assumed by the independent animator.
'DIS \ CONNECT', Doug Hindson's graduation film from the Illustration & Animation course at Kingston University, was all shot "live-action" with the hand-made puppets manipulated through strings and controlling rods all captured in-camera. The charmingly stylised wooden figures, captured in all their clunky glory, alongside the obvious in-shot production techniques harks back to a simpler time in TV entertainment and resonate perfectly with the films protagonist and his dissatisfaction with technologically driven digital age in which we live.
"A search for higher meaning, dissatisfaction with the status quo and a sense that you’re the first person to feel this way. You're not!"