Kanja is a puppet builder, puppeteer and full time teacher from Canada. He has built and performed with puppets for film, stage and television. Kanja has a great interest in television puppetry, specifically children’s educational shows. His background as a fine artist also drives a strong appreciation of the visual aesthetic of unique and finely crafted puppets, sets and props of all kinds. Be sure to read Kanja’s posts as he shares his views about puppetry.
Pasha founded Project Puppet with the goal of providing a solid foundation of hand puppet construction techniques for the aspiring puppeteer or puppet builder. Pasha’s background includes art, cartooning and web design, but his foremost interest has always been puppet building and puppetry. He has a great appreciation for detail in art and puppetry, and feels that character creation is the cornerstone of every great puppet, as well as, every great puppet performance. He looks forward to sharing his thoughts, ideas, and techniques with the readers of Puppet Buzz.
- Project Puppet – Pasha is the founder of Project Puppet
Since his childhood, Norman has been interested in puppet building as well as puppeteering. He is an extensively-trained puppeteer, who learned his craft with the Bielefelder Puppet Theatre. Since 2004, Norman has been working in the field of puppetry full-time. His work includes puppet performance and custom puppet building.
Norman’s unmistakable style – which is characterized by his innovative use of materials, color and complex shapes – is responsible for his success. Within just a few short years, Norman has become one of the most in-demand puppet builders throughout Germany. In his studio, Norman and his crew produce mascots, puppets, and walk-abouts, ranging in size from 15cm high to larger-than-life, for film, television, theatre and commercial advertisements.
- Figurenschneider – Norman’s Site
Tom worked in the film and video industry for 13 years. When not on film sets, he followed his childhood dream of becoming a puppeteer by volunteering with various puppet troupes in Ontario, Canada, learning what he could about puppet construction, performance and business. In 2005, Tom started his own part-time creature building company; in addition to making a career change by accepting a full time job as an Assistant Director at a children’s cancer camp. Tom believes that all puppeteers should promote, share ideas, and develop a sense of community that will foster, support and empower present and future puppeteers.
- Puppeteers Unite – Tom’s Blog
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