Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Trash" Character Color Comps


Monday, April 8, 2013

"Trash" Design Sketches #1

Here are some sketches from the visual brainstorming process for our upcoming show. :-)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring "Green"

During the process of researching the world of garbage for our upcoming show, "Trash", I've learned a lot about waste and what it means to be green. Over the past 3 months, the show has metamorphosed into a puppet play with something to say about the future of our own world. Austin at large is also thinking about the global issue of waste and a lot of great minds are looking to find a green future. For instance, did you know in the push towards "zero waste" the highest percentage of our garbage is FOOD? I've also met a lot of great people who are also thinking about "green" -- including Brandi Clark of Austin EcoNetwork. Here is a link to her newsletter.


Spring is bringing many renewing changes to the PIP. The Puppet Improv Project is stepping into the arena of scripted theater with "Trash", a musical. In our show, a neighborhood compost heap feeds off city's thoughtless waste and morphs into a monster trash heap. Only when city learns "Don't Feed The Heap" do they regain control of their city and can rescue its citizens. The show marks a milestone in the company's development as it will be the first show we have produced using improv to create a scripted story. The use of a script opens up a whole new world of puppet technology. Using a script gives us the skeleton we need to design and build the custom puppets needed to create a world where objects have life beyond what we give them.