I work as a puppet field reporter for The Daily, an iPad app. We had some fun with the Rush Limbaugh controversy:
Our latest Corduroy Cat music video features a traditional Irish Jig, played by Devin Shepherd, on fiddle. Devin, who composes all of the cat’s music, has been playing Irish fiddle for about as long as I’ve been playing with puppets- for as long as I can remember. The sounds of the dancing, are performed by Marta Cook. Thanks to Honey Goodenough for making the cat’s vest, and to Ryan Dillon, for providing some arm dance moves.
Updated directing reel- includes new puppet projects, plus some human live-action segments as well as stop-motion/animation:
Corduroy Cat paired up with singer Sarah Gregory to sing a love duet. Shot by Kevin Burke. Original music and lyrics by Devin Shepherd, with additional musicians Farley Kelly-Masterson on violin, and Marta Cook on Harp:
When I was growing up, our cats also tore up our Christmas tree. Music/Lyrics by Devin Shepherd. Produced by Frankenstudio (Ken Berman and Frankie Cordero). Thanks to Eric Wright, Marta Cook, Ryan Dillon, Alissa Hunnicutt, Katrina Denney, Honey Goodenough, Noah Ginex, and Joe Therrien. ENJOY, and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
(Photo: Marcus Lehman, Director of Photography for The Whole World and You)
The Henson Foundation and BAMcinématek are producing a Puppets on Film series this year. I’m proud to have 2 films showing over 2 weekends of this event.
There are many great feature-length and short films showing- the schedule can be found here- http://conta.cc/suv5HZ. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Kuky se vraci ever since checking out this trailer: http://bit.ly/trAPYM
Can’t Buy My Love, a film I made with Alissa Hunnicutt, along with Ken Berman, Jamie Moore and Bradley Kemp, will play during Program A, on Saturday November 12th at 4:30, as well as before The Muppet Movie on Sunday the 13th, at 2pm.
And, the music video, The Whole World and You, which Ken Berman and I produced through Frankenstudio for Brooklyn-based band Tally Hall, will be showing in Program B, on Sunday November 20th at 4:30pm, as well as before Being John Malkovich on Saturday the 19th, at 6:50pm.
A big thank you to Cheryl Henson, Lindsey Briggs, and Leslie Strongwater for organizing this event through The Henson Foundation.
This most recent cover song was particularly enjoyable to shoot. I love shooting with puppets on location, and I got to take the cat into the subway and around Times Square for this one, along with Ryan Dillon and Ken Berman.
Again, some amazing music arrangement/production work by Devin Shepherd, who also sings back-up vocals on this track, which contains a very high-tempo drumbeat, à la NOFX, and some fun bass-fills. The multi-talented Alissa Hunnicutt coached me on the vocals, and I got to play a very fast, frantic guitar solo in the style of Screeching Weasel, a band Devin and I listened to in high school, back when we made music for humans to play, instead of puppet cats….enjoy! And if you like it, subscribe to our channel for more!
Though it was not featured heavily here, I discovered that after asking many people to sing, that not many people knew all of the words to The National Anthem:
I started working on this new web series recently, with great puppets made by Rick Lyon- we perform puppet news broadcasts once a week for a daily news iPad app called The Daily. I’ve had a great time going on location and interviewing people for segments as a field reporter character. I always love seeing puppets on camera in the real world…
Here are a couple of our recent episodes:
The Puppet News Team at Comic Con:
The Puppet News Team at Occupy Wall Street:
Here’s our latest music video in our Corduroy Cat web series. Produced by Frankenstudio (Ken Berman and Frankie Cordero) with additional production assistance from Ceili Clemens. Music composed and produced by Devin Shepherd. Guitar and vocals by Frankie Cordero. Harmony/Back-up vocals and all other instruments by Devin Shepherd.